Age 79 of Irwin, passed
away Sunday January 20, 2019
at home surrounded by his
family. He was born April 6,
1939 in McKeesport, the son
of the late Adam and Marie
(Kaiser) Phillips. Known as Flip
from the age of six, he was
respected by his loyal friends
and students. He was a
graduate of McKeesport High
School and earned a
bachelor's degree in 1964
from Fort Hayes Kansas State
College where he played
basketball for four years
reaching the NAIA semi?nals
twice. For the next 34 years
he was a dedicated educator.
It all began in Paola, Kansas
teaching Biology and coaching
basketball before moving back
to Pittsburgh. He taught
Biology and Chemistry at
Gateway High School for 29
years and was Facility
Manager for athletics working
closely with the Athletic
Director until becoming
Athletic Director for his ?nal
three years at Gateway. He
was a proud member of the
Gateway High School Sports
Hall of Fame and served on
the nominating committee.
Larry enjoyed the beach,
cruising, and playing golf. He
was an avid sports fan
especially Penn State football
and the Pittsburgh Steelers,
Pirates, and Penguins. He was
a Steelers season ticket holder
for 40 years. Larry spent many
summers gol?ng and
vacationing in Sunset Beach
with his golf buddies right
after school let out for the
summer and later with family
and friends. He is survived by
his wife of over 52 years Doris
E. “Cookie” Phillips, his
daughter Erin E. Goodwin and
her husband Bruce of
Pasadena, MD, and his
grandson Brock Goodwin. He
thought the best day a Pap
could have was watching his
grandson pitch or play 1st
Base. It was his best medicine!
Friends will be received from 2
to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday at the WILLIAM
521 Main Street, Irwin,
724-863-1200, where a
blessing service of?ciated by
Rev. Jeffrey Wylie will be held
at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment
will follow in St. Joseph
Cemetery, North Versailles.
The family would like to thank
visiting nurse, Allison, and
physical therapist, Erin, and
Three Rivers Hospice nurses
Erica, Kelly, Kathy, and Bonnie,
for all the kind and
compassionate care. In lieu of
?owers a contribution can be
made in Flip's memory to the
Penn State Dance Marathon
for kids with cancer at
www.thon.org. For online
condolences please visit
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PostedJanuary 22, 2019