Ernest Phillips - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Ernest Phillips

Born July 2, 1929

Ernest Phillips, age 84, of Newark, DE, a man of many interests and pursuits, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2013, while surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Dracut, MA on July 2, 1929, Mr. Phillips was a son of the late Lambros and Zoitsa Phillips. A graduate of the Dracut High School Class of 1946, he was rumored to have been responsible for a one-day student strike due to an intemperate remark made by a teacher. Mr. Phillips served his country in the US Navy and the US Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War and served near Taejon, Republic of Korea. Following his marriage to his late wife, Iris in 1955, the two relocated to Newark, DE where Mr. Phillips eventually began his career with the Department of Corrections. He retired as a maintenance supervisor after many years of dedicated service.
During his lifetime, Mr. Phillips had many varied interests. He was an accomplished pilot, musician, hunter, fisherman, and restorer of early-model Fords. Mr. Phillips was especially fond of his fig trees, which he lovingly cared for.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Iris Pappas Phillips, who passed away in September of this year; daughter, Joanne Carr; sisters, Stella Phillips, Helen Anthos, Sunny Zachos, Constance Giannourakos, and Mary Pappaioanou; and brothers, Steve Phillips, George Phillips, and James Phillips. Mr. Phillips is survived by son-in-law, Dan Carr of Lake Oswego, OR; grandson, Alex Carr of Lake Oswego, OR; many nieces and nephews; and Koumbare, John and Carol Spanos of Newark, DE.
A gathering for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Chippy AUM Church, 4272 Mill Creek Road, Hockessin, DE 19707.


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  • Ernie was a true friend always greeting me with a warm smile and a handshake. A brilliant man with so many talents and interests. Ernie was an especially good listener and a very compassionate man as he comforted me through many dark days in my life. Ernie, you deserve to rest in eternal peace and be loved by our Lord and Savoir who blessed us with you and your beautiful wife Iris for all these years. An exemplary human being with boundless love. May God bless you and keep you my brother. Your friend, Marty

  • My heart is heavy for the passing of Ernie. Ernie was a good friend to my late husband John. He restored our 1929 Ford truck a number of years ago.
    Ernie and I loved to talk about our fig trees, my trees will always remind me of him. Ernie will be greatly missed by my self and my family. He was the kind of friend you do not find often. My deepest condolences to his family.
    Nancy Castrenze
    Egg Harbor, N J

  • Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mr. Phillips’ family. He will be missed by his dental team – Dr. Calhoon, Dr. Senholzi, Robin, Lisa, Denise, Beth, Debbie, Theresa, Tina, Peggy and Sherri

  • To the family of Ernie Phillips.
    I met Ernie circa 1984 as a supplier to Ferris School. He was always friendly and we
    enjoyed each others interests. Thru the years as our interest in cars grew, I would see
    him at local shows displaying his newest car. I was proud to have known him, as he never
    complained about anything. He will certainly be missed by me.
    Vic Janvier