Loving husband, father, and doting ‘Gramps’ to eight wonderful grandchildren, Phil’s life was well-lived and he was well-loved by those around him. He passed after a short illness in Wilmington, NC.
He met the love of his life, Mary-Alice (M.A.) O’Donnell at a high school dance in Woburn, MA and it is here where their adventures began. Married for over 55 years, in addition to having three children, they traveled the world together seeking out new experiences at every opportunity to explore a new continent or culture. He shared his love of trivia, warm weather, daily coffees, wine, great food, good jokes, watching Jeopardy, and visiting friends/family with M.A.
He is survived by his daughters Michelle Murray-Ross and her husband Peter Ross, Kathleen Vigil and her husband Peter, and son Sean and his wife, Amy.
He was a doting ‘Gramps’ to Samantha, Alexandra, Paige, Ciara, Amber, Brooke, Finn and David. He attended every possible event from musicals to soccer and hockey games to cheer on these amazing young people. He was immensely proud of all of them and loved to gloat about their accomplishments and activities at every opportunity.
He came from a large family of seven siblings and is survived by Robert (Janet Andersen); Tom; Susan Spitzer (Jim); Joanne Hedou; Lorrie Moore (Jon) and Jim (Claire) along with many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Phil was a smart and highly-educated man. He was a proud Boston College graduate where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Slavic Languages. He then moved to Michigan State for his Master’s degree in Language, Literature and Linguistics and continued his academic endeavors at Brown University in RI where he completed all coursework in pursuit of a Ph.D. He was a lover of languages and the written word and always had a zest for learning. He enjoyed exploring technology and finding innovative ways to share knowledge more efficiently and spent many years consulting on knowledge management, hypertext, and SGML.
Enjoy life, toast with Champagne, order Chinese food, book that vacation you are thinking about, and celebrate Phil’s 76 trips around the Sun.
A private remembrance will be held in the future for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the World Central Kitchen in honor of Phil.