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Thomas Anthony Phillips
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Obituary for Thomas Anthony Phillips

Loving husband, great father, awesome grandfather, caring uncle, and wonderful friend, Thomas Anthony Phillips (Tom), 79, of Loudon, Tennessee, passed away on October 24th, 2017, following a battle with heart disease.

The funeral mass will be held at noon on Friday, November 10th at Saint Mary Catholic Church, 730 S Lafayette Ave, in Royal Oak, Michigan. Father Paul Snyder, Pastor, will be officiating. A visitation will begin at 11:30 am. A private burial will be at All Saints Cemetery, in Waterford, Michigan on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Tom was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 22, 1938. He graduated from University of Detroit High School and continued on to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Detroit and his Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Tom met his future wife of 55 years, Cindy, in 1956, and they dated throughout high school and college. They were married in 1962 after Tom’s graduation from Northwestern University. Together they moved to Cincinnati where Tom worked for General Electric and where they welcomed two children into their family, Chris and Andy. They soon moved back to Michigan to be near family, living in Royal Oak, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township. Here Tom worked for Bendix and Rockwell International, and Tom and Cindy welcomed two more children into their family, Tim and Matt. Tom and Cindy enjoyed living in Michigan and raising their children there. They especially loved annual family camping trips to northern Michigan each summer, renewing old friendships and laughing around the campfire until the late hours.

Upon retirement, proud of their children and with a sense of accomplishment, Tom and Cindy set out on an adventure, moving to Loudon, Tennessee (Tellico Village). Together they enjoyed the water, mountains, and warmer weather, as well as long road trips in their motorhome. They roamed far and wide to see family, friends, and country. Tom enjoyed an active lifestyle with Cindy, his family, and his friends, camping, boating, swimming, golfing, walking or sitting on the beach with Cindy, always tinkering with whatever needed fixing. Most especially they enjoyed the “Is it 5 o’clock, yet?” happy hours that involved laughing, catching up, and carrying on with family and close friends. Tom always enjoyed a good laugh with Cindy, the children, grandchildren, friends, and anyone else who would join in. Deep belly laughs leading to tears were often the outcome.

Tom also enjoyed keeping up with the lives of his grandchildren, listening to their stories, hearing of their accomplishments, watching their sporting and school events, and cheering them on, all the while quietly beaming with pride.

Tom will be sorely missed by all those who knew him, but the joys and laughter will long be remembered as the stories are retold and enjoyed once again while the tears of laughter and the belly aches are renewed. Thanks Tom/Dad/Grandpa.

Tom is survived by his wife, Cindy, who is planning one more road trip with Tom, on the trip back to Michigan. This time Cindy, kiddingly says, the pace and playlist will be of her choosing! Tom is survived by his children Christina (Brian) Mack, Andrew (Donna) Phillips, Timothy Phillips, and Matthew (Leah) Phillips, his grandchildren Zachary (Meredith), John, Grace, Adam, Lauren, and Jacob, his niece Nicole (Bret) Naylor, and his many close friends and extended family members.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents Nelson and Ida, his brother Nelson, Jr, and his aunt Grace (Frank) Scott.

Special thanks to the clergy at St John Neumann Catholic Church, many friends and family for their kindness and generosity, the outstanding hospital staff at Parkwest Medical Center and Click Funeral Home-Tellico Village, for their kindness and assistance.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to St John Neumann Church, Knoxville, TN; American Heart Association; Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry


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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
St. Mary Catholic Church

730 S. Lafayette Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan 4067

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