John Jack Phillipps, of Walpole, 98, died peacefully January 26, in the Pond Home, Wrentham. Jack was a devoted husband and father, consummate aviator, senior member of the Quiet Birdmen, and dear friend to many. He began his aviation career in 1937. During WWII
he served as chief pilot of the War Training Program, instructing many young pilots in advanced aerobatics before they entered combat. After the War he became the original test pilot of the Helioplane, the first STOL aircraft, now in the Smithsonian. Jack had a long career at Wiggins Airways, serving as flight instructor and examiner, Chief Pilot, Senior Captain, Sales Manager, and Vice President before he retired to start an aviation consulting business at the age of 79. Jack received many honors, but was proudest of the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, given to him by the Federal Aviation Administration upon the 100th anniversary of the first flight. Jack was a guide, mentor and friend to many of today's aviation professionals and helped bolster their ranks by giving a free plane ride to virtually any child who expressed an interest in flying. Beloved husband of the late Marie Patricia (Meshna) Phillipps. Loving father of Anita Lestan, Bob, Larry, Mike and Peter; grandchildren Abby, April, Bill, Paul, Kim, Evan, and Matthew; great grandchildren Christopher, Eric, Curt, Ronald Paul, Lucy, and Ronny Wayne. Brother of the late Aileen Gladstone, the late Ralph Phillipps, the late Nella Adams and the late Lloyd Phillipps Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Jacks visiting hours on Friday, January 31, 2014 from 4-8 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home 48 Common Street Walpole. A memorial service will be held Saturday afternoon at a time and location to be announced, please refer to www.delaneyfuneral.com
for details. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.