Richard E. Phillips, 79, husband of Claire (DeScenza) Phillips,
passed away suddenly on Sunday November 12, 2017 at Lahey Medical
Center, Burlington surrounded by his family.
Richard was born in Lynn, son of the late Kenneth A. and Mary E. (Laubner)
Phillips. He was raised in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn English,
Class of 1956.
continued his education at University of Maine, going on to earn a
Masters degree from Boston University. He proudly served in the US
Navy from 1962 to 1964.
Richard was employed as a teacher in the Lynnfield public schools
for eighteen years and more recently at the Solstice Therapeutic
School in Rowley. Dick was also an entrepreneur, running a
successful sign business in Ipswich.
will be remembered as a beautifully humble, kind and generous man,
peaceful and spiritual, with the heart of a servant. Dick loved his
family, his faith and his Cursillo menís group. He also loved his
home projects, both large and small.
addition to his wife, Claire, he is survived by two sons, Gary
Phillips and his wife Elisabeth and their children Evangelina and
Caleb all of Newburyport, and Mathew Phillips of Danvers; two
brothers, Robert Phillips of MD and John Phillips of Gloucester; two
sisters, Shirley Magill of SC and Katherine Radcliffe of RI, and
many nephews and nieces. Dick was predeceased by his daughter
Jennifer, and a sister, Patricia Phillips formerly of Gloucester.
funeral will be held 9 am Thursday, November 16, from the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, Six High St., Ipswich, followed by the
celebration of a funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Our
Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Rd., Ipswich. Family and friends
are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Wednesday 4 to 7 pm.
Interment will be in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu
of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital,
Boston MA, 02114 or St Vincent de Paul, at Our Lady of Hope Catholic
Church in Ipswich.