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Richard L. Phillips

November 15, 2018

Richard L. PhillipsRichard L. Phillips, 68, of Utica passed away at his home on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Friday, November 23, from 4 - 7 PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, November 24, at 9:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 10 AM with Rev. Jonas Tandayu, MSC presiding. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Dick was born in Massena on March 13, 1950, son of John Bannon and Thelma Powers Phillips. He was a 1968 graduate of Immaculate Heart Central School, where he played football and baseball. He was united in a wonderful marriage to Mary Ann Ratigliano in October 1971 and she passed on September 30, 2012. After their marriage they spent several years in Pennsylvania, then moved back to New York, residing in Utica since 1977.

He was in the US Navy from 1969 to 1974. For over 35 years he worked for Brodock Press, Utica, starting as a feeder operator, moving to a pressman, and then press foreman. He spent six years in customer service, then Night Plant Manager and retired as a Professional Printer. He was a communicant of St. Peter's Church, Utica. Dick was an avid sportsman, especially bowling and golf. In spring 2018 he made a Hole in One in Myrtle Beach, winning $10,000.

He is survived by his four siblings, John and wife, Mei, Buffalo, Robert and wife, Yolande, Carthage, Laurie Galluccio, Watertown, and Timothy and wife, Vicki, Watertown; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; his life-long extensive Ratigliano family; and his dear Utica friends, Bill LaFleur, Dorothy Smithers, and Angie Palazzoli. He was predeceased by brother, Thomas Bannon Phillips, brother-in-law, Steve Galluccio, and sister-in-law, Valerie Ratigliano.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dick's name to either the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 131 Washington St., Suite 300, Watertown, NY 13601 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 7, E. Syracuse, NY 13057. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#9 Ron Mannella 2018-11-22 11:43
My deepest sympathies to the entire Phillips family. I had the pleasure of working with Dick at Brodock Press for 24 years. He was a consummate professional and I always considered him a friend. He will be missed by many but especially me. God Bless, Ron
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#8 Laura Harney 2018-11-22 02:53
My prayers go out to the Phillips family as I hear of Dick's sudden passing. He was a great man and neighbor. I first met Dick and Mary Ann over 14 years ago when I moved into the neighborhood. Such wonderful people! Over the years Dick and I have had countless conversations on our lawns, love of pets (dogs vs. cats), house repairs, and gardens. Oh, how he loved to garden! He'd often call me up to see how my garden was coming along because his was doing great at the time and wondered if I was experiencing the same. How he lit up when he talked about his tomatoes! Now and then he'd give me a tour of his yard, and we would discuss soil and fertilizers. I really think he could have grown anything. We'd share our excess of green beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes. It wasn't uncommon for Dick and me to be outside working in our yards at the same time, so he'd often call across the street that I could water his plants or wash his windows when I was done with mine. I will truly miss our chats.
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#7 Laurie Bulger 2018-11-21 14:40
My boyfriend Ken and I met Dick and Maryann years ago on a bowling league. They were an awesome couple and it was a pleasure being around them. It was a shock hearing of Dicks passing. He could lift your spirits and brighten a room with his smile. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace Dick!
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#6 Bob Burnop 2018-11-21 13:43
Dick and I bowled on the same team on Tues nights and considered him a good friend. I was shocked and sadden by his passing and wish to convey to the Phillips Family that I share in their loss and my prayers are thoughts are with them. Dick was an inspiration and and good friend to all of the bowlers at the Vista bowling Alley . God Bless You
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#5 Kelley Campbell 2018-11-21 10:02
My thoughts and prayers are with the Phillips family. I enjoyed many golf events and outings with Dick. I also enjoyed seeing him this summer at our IHC 50th reunion. It was always my sincere pleasure to spend time with the Phillips brothers, listening to them tell golf stories. With sadness over losing a good friend, Kelley Campbell
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#4 Sharon Phillips 2018-11-20 21:34
Our prayers are with the Phillips family on the passing of Dick. We have fond memories of Dick and Maryann.

Sharon and the McNeely family
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#3 Krista Matthews 2018-11-20 17:12
My family and I would like extend our condolences to the Phillip's family. I have been so blessed to have him as my uncle. I will miss him greatly every day. He will always be in my heart and memories. Rest in peace Uncle Dick.
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#2 JOANNE RATIGLIANO 2018-11-20 13:57
John and I would like to extend our condolences to all of the Phillips family,we were very blessed to have Dick in our family for over forty seven years and he will be sorely missed by all of us.
With much love and
sympathy, John and
Joanne Ratigliano
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#1 Bob Morgia 2018-11-20 13:28
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Phillips family. I remember the good times playing nnext to Dick on the football team and also on the naseball field. Great seeing him in August. RIP Red Dick
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