Pease accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss.
It has been over 48 years since I last saw Phil but his memory is always with me. I went through DS school with him. One of thre things I remember most about him is his smile. He could light up a room with it.
I still tell one story about him to this day. But it's probably best not to tell it here. Although it isn't a bad story, just may not be appropriate.
Sail on my old friend
Our deepest sympathies go out to Phil's kids and family. Amy served with Phil onboard USS Enterprise in 2001 and she and I became very good friends with Phil over the years since that time. We always looked forward to getting together with him whenever he was back in Virginia Beach and enjoyed our time immensely sitting and talking and solving world problems together over a few drinks. He spoke often of his children and indeed enjoyed his grandkids a great deal. He was invited to any and all gatherings we ever had because his company was always enjoyed by all. Simply a terrific man with a huge heart who had an immense impact on all of those whom he came in contact with throughout his life. He possessed a quiet, thoughtful demeanor with an outstanding sense of humor which I personally will miss the most. We are blessed to have been a small part of his life and we will miss him dearly. God bless him and may he rest peacefully in the hands of the Lord. He certainly earned it.