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Philip W. Frick

AGE: 91 • Wilmington

A resident of the Stonegates Retirement Community, Philip Frick passed away on September 29, 2016, after a long illness.

Born in Queens, New York, Phil was the son of John P. and Gertrude L. Frick. In 1944 the U.S. Army sent him to the University of Minnesota where he learned Japanese and then served as an interpreter toward the conclusion of World War II. He returned to New York to complete his B.A. degree at St. John's University and did post graduate work in accounting, finance and taxes at Pace University. In 1949 he met Anna Mae Minett, his wife for over 65 years. Phil was an outstanding baseball player who pitched for the Trenton Giants and Bridgeport Bees. His 19 wins and 2.86 ERA was tops in the Colonial League in 1949 and resulted in a contract offer from the St. Louis Cardinals. Phil declined the offer in order to remain close to home to help care for his ailing father and to pursue a career at Columbia Gas System, Inc.

Phil joined Columbia Gas as an accountant for the Service Corporation In 1950 and advanced through several positions in the Accounting and Tax Departments before he became manager of the New York Accounting Department in 1958. He was named the company's Director of Methods and Procedures at Columbus, Ohio facility in 1961; in 1964 he was transferred to Pittsburgh and by 1967 became Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Group Companies. In 1969 he was transferred back to New York and eventually to Wilmington, Delaware, to become Treasurer of the Columbia Gas System, Inc., and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Columbia Gas Service Corporation. He retired in 1983 as Vice President of Investor Relations and Secretary.

Phil enjoyed playing golf, watching sports and spending his summers with Anna Mae and family in Ocean City, New Jersey and winters in St. Petersburg, Florida with close friends. Phil will especially be remembered for his keen mind, optimistic outlook and strong devotion to family and work, as well as his empathy for the poor and less fortunate. Phil is survived by his loving wife Anna Mae and his son, Gary (Nancy) of Wilmington.

The family wishes to thank the Stonegates staff for their commitment,compassion and professionalism in tending to the needs of Phil and his wife.

A memorial Prayer Service will be held at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike Wilmington 19803 on Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 11am. Friends are welcome for visitation at 10am. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Church of the Holy Child, 2500 Naamans Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810. To send messages of condolence visit www.mccreryandharra.com
Published in The News Journal from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, 2016
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