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David Phillips Obituary
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David George Phillips, Upper Providence Twp., on the evening of Saturday, May 12th at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Born in Scranton on October 14th, 1947, he was the son of the late Wilbur Russell and Frances England Phillips. He graduated from Central High School in Scranton and earned a B.S. degree in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University, where he played alto horn in the marching Blue Band and French horn in the concert band. He was later awarded his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, where he wrote his doctoral dissertation, The Biology of the Predatory Calanoid Copepod Tortanus Discaudatus (Thompson and Scott) in a New Hampshire Estuary (1976). In his teens, he was an avid camp counselor in the Boy Scouts at Goose Pond Scout Reservation and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. During his time at UNH, he married Carol Evans, with whom he had four children; the family moved to Collegeville when he began his teaching career at Ursinus College. He later taught chemistry and biology at Devon Preparatory School and eighth grade science for the Spring-Ford Area School District, and served for several years as Chairman of the Montgomery County Science Teachers Association. Dave coached youth baseball and softball, and was a long-standing member of Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, where he indulged his passion for music as a stalwart member of the choir. In addition to music in general, he loved campfire songs, woodworking, gardening, the 1000 Islands, learning, learning, learning and funny stories. He disliked parents who defended children who failed to do their homework, and groundhogs. In addition to the thousands of students whose lives he touched and whom he motivated, he is survived by his brother, Russell Wilbur Phillips, Bethesda, MD; his daughters, Karen Littlewood and her husband, David, E. Coventry Twp., and Wendy Bauman and her husband, Daniel, Spring City; his stepdaughter, Alexa Kozacheson and her partner, Michael Lawyrsh, Philadelphia; and his sons, Mark Phillips and his fiancée, Frances Mercanti-Anthony, Round Pond, ME, and Scott Phillips and his partner, Peter Rosenbaum, Queens, NY. He is also survived by six extraordinary grandchildren: Evan Phillips; Reese, Quinn and Kelyn Littlewood; and Davis and Delaney Bauman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Zita L. (Pavlik) Phillips. All are invited to join a memorial service to celebrate his life, which will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 19th, at Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main Street, Trappe, with the Rev. G. Warren Weleck, Senior Pastor, officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., Saturday, at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Save the River/Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper (http://www.savetheriver.org), 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624 ((315) 686-2010) and/or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (http://www.jdrf.org), 555 Croton Road, Suite 111, King of Prussia, PA 19406 ((610) 664-9255). Arrangements are by Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc., Trappe.
Published in The Mercury on May 15, 2018
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