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Eugene Phillips

Eugene Francis Phillips

Sunday, September 7th, 1930 - Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
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Eugene F. Phillips
Devoted husband, father, grandfather, and papa
VERNON-Eugene Francis Phillips of Vernon, CT, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Gene was born on September 7, 1930, in Derby, CT to the late Herman J. Phillips and Veronica (O’Neill) Phillips. He grew up in Middlebury, CT and graduated from Crosby High School in 1948, and was a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Class of 1961 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in 1966. He joined the packaging division (Plax) of Monsanto in 1961. Their he developed patents for plastic bottles, films, foam boards, astroturf, and rain flap products. He progressed to Director of International Licensing for Monsanto traveling the world with Betty and retiring in 1987. He met the love of his life, Betty, first on a bus, and then at a high school dance. He married Elizabeth M. Huber on December 4, 1954. He proudly served his country during the Korean War on board the USS Gherardi (DMS-30) from 1951-1955, as a welder and then a First Class Petty Officer. Gene and Betty were blessed with happiness and the kind of love only a few can find in a lifetime. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and papa who will be missed more than words can express. His greatest love in life was his Family and celebrating happy times together were very important and created many lasting memories for everyone. He had a passion for documenting family history. He proudly recognized all Veteran’s for their service, no matter where he was. He was a lover of birds.

Eugene is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth M. (Huber) Phillips, a son Paul J. Phillips and his wife Lisa of Middlebury and daughters Beth Ann Phillips and her partner Tom Calvocoressi of Berlin, Lugene Kulpa and her husband Dominick of Tolland, and Donna Boucher and her husband Drew of Tolland. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren who he loved dearly and was so proud of, Sara (Joe) Martocci, Stephen (Nicole) Kulpa, Marissa (Ray) Culver, Jamison Boucher, Olivia Boucher, Erica Schwab, Amanda Schwab, Marissa (Chris) Frois, Paris Phillips, Rupa (Charles) Grummon, Anand (Christy) Agrawal. He also leaves 7 great grandchildren that held a special place in his heart, Jackson Martocci, Chase Kulpa, Sophie and Xander Grummon, Anika, Aidan and Abigail Agrawal. A great grandson (Martocci), and great granddaughter (Culver) are due in April, 2019. He was predeceased by a son, Dennis Michael, and brothers Edward Phillips and Donald Phillips.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Gandhi, Dr. Kapoor, Laura Milliken, Dr. Camrye, and their staffs, the Visiting Nurse & Health Care of Vernon, especially Stephanie and Donna for their kindness and compassion to dad and our family throughout the last couple years. Also a special thank you to the caregivers who helped comfort him in these last few weeks, Donna, Linda, Charity, Eunice, and Gladys. You all hold a special place in our hearts we will never forget.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Saint John of the Cross, 1263 West Street, Middlebury, CT. Burial with full military honors to follow at Lake Elise Cemetery, Middlebury, CT. There are no calling hours. Funeral services are entrusted to Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home Naugatuck, CT.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations in Eugene’s name be made to either VNHSC 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066 or the American Heart Association.
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Service Details

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, December 7th, 2018 11:00am
    Location
    St. John of the Cross Church
    Address
    1263 West Street
    Middlebury, CT 06762
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    Officiant
    Rev. Lawrence Symolon
  • Interment

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 | 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, December 7th, 2018 12:00pm
    Location
    Lake Elise Cemetery
    Address
    Long Meadow Road Extention
    Middlebury, Connecticut 06762
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Beth-Ann Bolcer

Posted at 07:02pm
Betty and family, I am the daughter of Gene's cousin, Florence (Phillips) Bolcer. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy on the passing of Gene on behalf of my mother and our family. Like Gene, I also have developed a passion for our family history and have been given many of his notes. Please know that his work is being carried on to another generation and I hope to be a worthy steward of his work. With deepest condolences, The Bolcer Family
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Bob Phillips

Posted at 07:40pm
Dear Betty and Family, So sorry to learn of the passing of your drear husband Gene. Nancy and I send our condolences to you at this difficult time. We regret that medical issues will keep us from attending Gene’s funeral Mass on Friday. We shall however make arrangements to have him remembered at all weekend Masses at our Parish Church of the Incarnation in Wethersfield. My memories of Gene, each pleasant, reach back many decades. I admired his artistic talent evident from an early age. Our families celebrated many happy milestones together. He was pleased to share stories of international travels which you experienced together. He was justifiably proud of his family and took a scholarly interest in researching his family tree. I now pray that you will all find comfort in his happy memory. Love, Cousin Bob Phillips
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