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Edward Allen Philips

Edward A. Philips, 86, of Long Beach and Sun City, California passed into heaven December 4, 2017 due to complications of Dementia. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 6, 1931 to Edward Atchley and Florence (Van Pelt) Philips and was the older brother of Clifford J. Philips (deceased, 1999). After graduating from Immaculata HS in 1949 with an emphasis in music as a trumpet performer and playing with local dance bands, he joined the United States Navy in 1950. Hoping to pursue a music career, Edward was told he was too "smart" for music and they put him in radar school to learn air traffic control. He spent his Naval career as a radar man on the USS Putnam (DD757) in the Pacific during the Korean War that also included tours of France and Italy. Upon his honorable discharge, Edward went to flight school for airplane/airline operations. While in the Navy, he met his sweetheart from Queens, New York, Georgette Ann Angelikas (deceased, 1997) and they were married at St. Alban's Catholic Church in 1954. They eventually settled in Levittown, New York in 1960 to raise their 5 children: George (Linda) of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Ellen (Neeley) of Inkster, Michigan, (deceased, 2014), Mary of Sun City, Christopher (Robin) of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Thomas (Kimberly) of Lakewood. There are 12 grandchildren.

Upon completing required courses and FAA certifications in 1958, Ed went on to develop a career that saw him as an airline dispatcher to: Southeast Airlines, KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines, New York Airways, and Airspur Airlines. With the closure of Airspur in 1970, Ed packed up the family and moved them to Cerritos, California for a job as chief dispatcher for McCullough International Airlines in Long Beach. With extensive knowledge of aircraft performance, Edward joined the commercial sales team at Mc Donnell Douglas in 1974 and spent 20 + years as a senior airline analyst to help sell Douglas and Boeing aircraft. In 1992, Edward and Georgette moved to Sun City to enjoy retirement and his life long love of music He loved to sing in the church choir, loved the ocean, New Zealand and the Arizona Desert. When you listen to Neil Diamond's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" Album, think of Ed; he will be smiling from heaven.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City at 9:00am on Thursday, December 14, 2017 followed by internment at the Riverside National Cemetery. Special "thanks" to the VA Hospital in Loma Linda for their outstanding hospice care. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 13, 2017
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