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Richard E. Phillips

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.

He 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.

He 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.

In 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.

His 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. 

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