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Gerald Allen Phillips

April 3, 1963 ~ April 21, 2018 (age 55)

Gerald Allen Phillips, 55, was unexpectedly found passed away at his home on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Although his family will miss him dearly we know he is with God in a better place.

Gerald was born on April 3, 1963 in Waterbury, CT to the late William and Wilma (Beasley) Phillips. A Southbury resident all his life he attended local schools. In 1982 he graduated from Henry Abbott Regional Vocational-Technical School as a member of the National Honor Society with a degree in Industrial Electronics. In 1987 he graduated from Waterbury State Technological College with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Gerald was a 20-year military veteran retiring from the Navy in 2007 with the rank of ET1. He was stationed in Italy (Sardinia and Sicily) on two separate tours of duty and greatly enjoyed his time there. Throughout his career he worked as an electronics technician and maintenance worker.

As we mourn Gerald’s passing, we also celebrate his life. Gerald enjoyed repairing electrical motors, playing his ukulele, and the company of his pet rabbits. We miss his conversation, quirkiness and smile. We will never forget his generosity, immense knowledge and ability to repair all things mechanical and electronic. Part of his legacy is 100 acres of Phillips land becoming part of the Southbury Land Trust property known as Phillips Farm.

Gerald is survived by his sister Cathy Weissmann (Phillips) and her husband Erwin of Southbury; brother Thomas A. Phillips and his wife Natalie (Hrycenko) of Trumbull; Nephew Michael Weissmann of Southbury, Niece Stephanie Decker (Weissmann) and her husband David of Middlefield, CT; Nephew Thomas W. Phillips and his children Dylan, Devin, Preston, Vanessa, and Ellen of Canton, Ohio; Nephew Russell Phillips and his wife Sabrina (Krievens) and their son Logan of Sandy Hook; Niece Sara Doutney (Phillips) and her husband Joshua and their children Abigail and Benjamin of New Milford; Step-Niece Stephanie Mahoney (Alexander) and her husband Dan and children Lincoln, Andrew, and Matthew of Old Bridge, New Jersey and several cousins.

A calling hour will be held at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main Street North, Southbury on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 9:30 – 10:30 am. with the Reverend Scott Nessel leading a memorial service at 10:00 am. Prayers and full military honors will be at Southford Cemetery, Route 67 and Hawley Road, Oxford following the service.

In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made in his name to Whiskers Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 367, Southbury, CT 06488. 

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