- 81 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 6, 1932
- Place of birth:
Bronx, New York, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 2, 2014
- Place of passing:
Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
|I'm a born-in-the-Bronx Yankee fan living in Boston.|
This memorial website was created in loving memory of Jack Phillips. Take a look around, share a story, a picture, your condolences.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday January 19, 2014, 10 AM sharp at Temple B'Nai Shalom, 41 Storrs Avenue, Braintree MA 02184 (see map below.)
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Temple B'Nai Shalom (download form) or to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115.
"The years are now going by. Sadness has softened somewhat with great memories shared.
I still do miss our daily calls and the long talks we had about anything, everything.
Thoughts of Jack and his lovely family will always remain in the hearts of his friends."
I am so glad to have this place to share my feelings with you and the people who knew you best. I am hopeful they join me today to remember you.
We had such good times together. I think about you often and the "adventures" we shared. Those memories shape my life and guide me every day. They motivate me, encourage me, remind me of the more important aspects of life - love, family, truth, humanity, freedom, a little laughter, moving forward and not backwards, being a good person, and living life to the fullest.
One example! Just yesterday, I booked a family vacation to Costa Rica. I've been thinking about going for years and years, ever since told me about the hotel in the rain forest where you and mom had breakfast with the tropical birds and monkeys. So finally, we are going. Can't wait to be there together with my family. You'll be there too in spirit.
See you in my dreams. Love you forever. xo
"Best of times remembered with Jack, sad to see it have ended working with him his plans interrupted. Glad to memorialize a better than good man, and best wishes to his family who also shared his gift of love!"
"How did I end up on the other side of the earth on your birthday? You had a hand in it, didn't you Dad? It was good to feel your presence as your Chinese grandaughter and I climbed the steps of the Great Wall into the heavenly clouds - a place you surely would have loved to add to the long list of sites to conquer. if it wasn't for your teaching, love, spirit and encouragement, I wouldn't be the person I am today. Love and miss you every single day.
Happy Birthday in heaven, Daddy.
"A note of remembrance.
Jack remains ever in our hearts.
We were blessed to have shared some time with him in our lives.
Happy Birthday Jack."
Not a single day has gone by that I haven't thought of you and what you would say to advise me or lift my spirits. How much you have taught me! Your lessons and words are in my heart and in my mind. I miss you Daddy, but I know you are still with us in spirit. Have a Happy Birthday in heaven. I love you!
"Wonderful memories as the norm with Jack; and he was better than normal! Of course, sad that he left everyone before his time as it is said, so I also join you in his memory and prayers. Thanks for issuing the reminder, I remain loyal to Jack's wonderful experience that I had(and with family, too, you!). Blessings, love from Alex"
"The past year has gone by fast. The many years we spent together went by so much faster."
"One year today, mom and I held your hand and said good bye. It's a hard memory for me. So tonight it seems better to read through the stories and tributes left here a year ago by friends and family. They say it well. You are one of a kind, and we miss you.
There are time when I think that it wasn't your time to leave us. You had so much more to do and say and be and try. And then there are other times when I am reminded of how difficult every day must have been without your sight and your health, without your walks and your dips in the pool, without your cruises, your little red car, and your independence. You adjusted to everything, but it wasn't easy, and especially towards the end, it was painful.
So, better you aren't in pain. Better to think of you free from the limits of your human shell. Better to think of you when the Yankees, the Ranger and Giants win, when the kids do something terrific, when the sun is shining in the morning out the window - it's another day in paradise.
The sister agreed today that you'd be proud of the way we've carried on this past year, not always as gracefully as we might have. But we have managed to be together for your memorial, Sarah's Bat Mitzvah, and most of us for Thanksgiving. And although we won't be together tonight, we're remembering you in our own individual and special ways.
"A new year in the calendar also commemorates the life that left us in body but not spirit...his ways and being continue to bless us in our lives, determined I'm sure to live up to his standards of strength, fortitude and gratefulness as we make our way through the Universe's demands - we miss you Jack; you be cool and happy wherever you shine!"
"Happy Birthday, Jack, wishing you were still here right in Braintree with your wife and family and many, many friends - but remembering you fondly knowing that your spirit lives well and probably doing all sorts of things that the earth decided not to let you...So kudos to your great will and strength and we'll meet up with ya sometime, somehow. Peace and good appetite (smile). Love, Alex, your loyal friend & assistant."
"Always Will Remember You".
Always, young at heart.
Always, ready; looking to celebrate anything, everyday.
Always, the 1st hand, always the last.
Always, having the right questions to be answered.
Will, the memory of your smile ever fail to take the sting out of the day?
Will, I still see that mirror you held up, so I could look into my heart to find the right answers.
Will, I ever fail to hear your voice, your advice, even now, when things get ruff?
Remember, make lists and stay focused, move forward.
Remember, work with friends is not work; have friends. Still good advice.
You, were and still remain my best friend.
Always Will Remember You.
Happy Birthday Jack,
"I and I hope, I am sure, you who read these tributes will always remember Jack for his sweet humanity, friendly disposition, quick to be humorous—with everyone including strangers—even those in the medical field that he went back & forth with.
He always knew what he wanted, quick to think, and rarely gave-up. How he cared about and loved:
family, a devoted husband, others, like all the members of his Temple’s wonderful Mens Club which he and I as his caregiver would plan for—all this especially after being given a second chance if you will—reasons to be optimistic and achieve the next objective. He really saw everything…"
"Things I will always remember about my Grandpa
• Playing checkers every morning
• Waking up very early
• Telling stories about mom and his job
• Butterscotch candies/ peaches with the cream in the morning
• Always saying “let’s eat” after doing the Seder ceremony
• Calling me his piano player
• Loving to watch me play piano
• Telling stories every night before bed when he stayed over
• Teaching me how to draw
I will love you and miss you forever, your granddaughter Sarah"
"Happy, Confident, Grateful Daughters come from Strong, Encouraging, Loving Dads.
You've given me so much encouragement to learn and grow. I hope you know what a difference your love has made in my life and how much your support and guidance has meant to me.
I love you, Daddy!
"Jack was a great story teller and I will miss talking with him about his life's loves of family, NY and business. Jack was a mentor to me as I started my career and always had sage advice. I will especially miss hearing him greet me with "hi lefty" and talking about his grandson's baseball successes. He was so proud of all of his family. Alav Hashalom."
"You were the best grandpa I ever had.
And I will always love you forever.
Just like Family Forever.
Even when you're apart, you're still together.
So I will always think,
"My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Jack's family. Elaine, his devoted and loving wife; each of his 5 daughters (his precious girls); his son in laws, whom he loved equally as his own; and his wonderful 13 grandchildren and a great-grandson who all remained his most ever present source of conversation, joy and pride. As you know he loved you all, wished for your continual successes and happiness in life, with every breath he took.
I was - as Jack sometimes called me - his partner in crime. Maybe you were too. I was often asked to complete or sometimes even start one of his tasks. So I am sure this is one he would have me do, A.S.A.P., and probably more than once, if I could get to it.
Jack would want me to try and let you know exactly how much you meant to him. If you met him once; if you grew up with him; if you worked with him in business; if you were his neighbor; if you prayed with him at temple; if you had conversations over the years, on any topic; if you spent time with him at the pool; if you discussed sports, loved the Yankee's (or not); if you played tennis with him; if you planned events with him; if you worked together on projects; if you took a walk or sat with him;
if you knew his name - Jack was your very dear friend.
And you, I am sure, were his. You know that, because it was part of that special relationship that you shared. He would want to thank you all now for giving him all he ever wanted from life - your friendship, your love, your story. It was the source of his strength. I think it was his reason for always staying active and remaining involved with everything that he did. He knew he could be the kind of friend that was just what you needed. He did understand.
Girls, there is no need to wonder how the world will ever be the same without him. You have already have begun the task to answer this; a continuation of who Jack really was; an extension of the friendship he gave to us all. By creating this place where we can all be for awhile, just a little bit longer. Maybe just one more time. A place that is just what we needed. You understand too. Thank you. I hope it can provide you warmth in return.
Elaine, I can never thank you enough for the many hours, days and years that you were kind enough to share your Jack, with me. I am eternally grateful.
"Being Jack's Personal Care Assistance was a unique privilege to enable him to express himself beyond whatever physical limitations he had. And while he didn't really depend on anyone, doctors, whomever aside, he couldn't wait till we got our hands and minds on a goal to raise his consciousness to another level--the same for me. It is hard for me to accept that Mon., Wed., and Fri's will not be the same because we had too much faith in life's offerings. Yet, his strength is my consciousness..."
"Eastside Westside, all around the town, the Sdewalks of New York Bronx Lundon"
"Jack will be missed by his entire temple family. An extremely kind, caring and bright individual, he was always willing to help in any way he could. A regular attendee at Saturday morning services, he was always ready to kibitz with anyone on any subject and to offer advice to help solve a problem. Jack was also a proud participant in services each week, as he and Elaine were called up to recite a blessing during the reading of the Torah. As president of the Men's Club his "can do" attitude led to many years of successful programming. The club's pizza and movie nights throughout the year, in particular, provided a wonderful opportunity for congregants to come together in a social setting. Jack was a strong contributor as a member of Temple B'Nai's Board of Directors, always suggesting ways to expand the temple and provide more offerings for the congregation. He always challenged us to think outside the box. We will all miss seeing Jack at services each Saturday morning, at temple board meetings, and at all temple events."
"Jack was father to my beloved wife, Penny, and grandfather to our 3 beautiful adopted children. Over the years that I've had the privilege to be his son-in-law, I've been deeply affected by the sense of wonder and profound enjoyment he would exhibit when life brought him new experiences and knowledge. He would treat a new piece of music or a new book, a new travel adventure, a daughter's (or grandchild's) accomplishment, an encounter with a new hi-tech gadget, and many other novel experiences, as a source of joy and wonder. Many times Jack would elevate these routine and sometimes mundane aspects of life into larger “life-lessons”, and would share his reflections on these lessons with those around him. I've come to understand that Jack's life-long love of learning and sharing is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. This, for me personally, is one of Jack's great accomplishments in life. Jack was a living embodiment of this great Jewish tradition, and he inspired myself and I'm sure many of those around him to lead richer and fuller lives. As he rests now in the arms of God, those of us who knew and loved Jack are better people, having known and loved him."
"Anthony and I want to express our deepest sympathies for your loss. Jack was a very good father, husband and friend to all he knew. We will keep you in our prayers and pray that The Lord fill your hearts with comfort and wonderful memories."
"Dody, Uncle Dick and I are so very sorry for your loss. We only met your Dad a couple of times and he was very friendly and we truly enjoyed his company. Our condolences extend to your mom and your family."
"As you may know or have heard, Jack as a successful businessman in the clothing industry and prided himself in how he gradually rose in responsibility and position, amongst other accomplishments along the way. Maybe an exception these days or not, but he was guided by the principle of integrity and good work, and the way we planned together going through phases of objectives (and hurdles), was a testimony to his beautiful humanity including getting my opinion, asking me to lead sometimes, (trying-smile) to be patient because as JFK had said, he drove a hard bargain; wanted, expected to take the next step... But always gently and as a gentleman. Remember, he was legally blind then a problematic lower back occurred yet, that didn't keep him from his appointed tasks, and I as his assistant encouraged him as I saw his mind and spirit working - guess it's partly my fault he wanted to climb that mountain but I'm proud!"
"What a lovely tribute to your dad Dody. The beautiful family you and Mike have created and the love and friendship you share with others is a true testament to the wonderful man your dad was. Our deepest condolences to you and your family Dody. Matthew and Patricia Starr"
"How lucky was I to have you as my Daddy!
Who will make me feel that special again.
I hope I am able to pass on to my children all that you have taught me, Daddy, and continue to make you proud.
Love you always
The "glue" daughter as you liked to call me!"
"Jack seemed excited. He enthusiastically went to the bimah for his alliyah. Proudly spoke those words. Looked into darkness but saw the light. Say hello to my Dad for me. Baruch HaShem."
"Elaine - We are sorry about Jack's passing and we offer our condolences to you. The thing that I will remember about jack is the constant smile on his face He was always so up beat and positive. He was one of a kind and we will miss him...Irving and Wayne"
"Always your pal, your scorpio friend, your #5 daughter.
I only hope to shine as bright as you.
I love and miss you daddy"
"How do I start... where do I begin?
I love you. I miss you. Forever.
Your daughter (#3), friend and biggest fan,
Penny xx oo"
"Sadness, when all is felt and done, especially when concerning a dearly beloved brother-friend-confidant as Jack, turns into the light of a candle, the brightness of the sun; our hearts are warmed from the memories and reality of a legacy he has imparted to all of us, in spirit and body. I was just his Caregiver, a stranger once, yet family; his and mine, because he wanted to share his life and live it to his fullest - and he did! I'll be back with more personal testimony if you will, of a man who still lives amongst us..."
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