Phillip Wells
  • 36 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 16, 1975
  • Place of birth:
    Tarzana, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 14, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Let our memories of Phil be with us forever. Let us never forget each smile, hug and laugh.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Phillip Wells, born on March 16, 1975 and passed away on November 14, 2011. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rachel Aflalo on 14th November 2016

"Our memories of Phillip will be forever,
Remembering you today with love"

This tribute was added by Marcia Kaye on 14th November 2016

"Sandy, I'm so sorry for your loss and daily constant pain.
He has your gorgeous smile."

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 14th November 2016

"Thinking of you today Phillp just like I do everyday. It's been five years today. My pain is still here, you are not. Rest In Peace sweet one. I love you. You were such a beautiful gift to this world."

This tribute was added by Rachel Aflalo on 16th March 2016

"Remembering our dear Phillip today, always in our heart"

This tribute was added by Gordon Weiss on 16th March 2016

"Thinking of you, You are missed..."

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 16th March 2016

"Happy birthday to you my precious son. I love and miss you so much everyday. Your memories brighten my heart whenever I think of you. You will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Jeremy Equality on 16th March 2016

"Happy 41st Birthday Phill! Your memory, laughter, and love never fade. Im wishing you love and light as you celebrate this eternal birthday. Just know that you may be gone but can never be forgotten! Xoxo"

This tribute was added by Rachel Aflalo on 14th November 2015

"Remembering Dear Phillip
You touched our life with your pure heart, and kindness
Rest among the Angels"

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 14th November 2015

"You are loved and missed more than you can imagine. Everyday your memories flood our hearts and minds. You will never be forgotten. Love, Mommy"

This tribute was added by Paul Brandt on 16th March 2015

"Happy birthday Phil. You are missed."

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 16th March 2015

"Happy 40th birthday to my son Phillip. You were taken way too soon. I will always love and remember you. I know you are happy and well now. I miss you so much Love, Mommy"

This tribute was added by Rusty Sparks on 14th November 2014

"Its so hard to believe it is already been 3 yrs. It just seems like yesterday we were meeting for dinner and drinks with our group of friends. But, as I promised I will always remember you my friend. I speak for us all when I say WE MISS YOU & LOVE YA!!!!!"

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 14th November 2014

"Three years ago today you were taken from me. The loss I feel is unbearable. My life will never be the same, I feel your loss constantly. I take great joy in remembering all the wonderful things we shared together. You brought a lot of love to everyone who knew you. I love you and you will be in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by John Davis on 18th March 2014

"Happy Birthday Phil x 2. Happy 39th to the world and Happy 2nd as our Angel above. You are thought of and missed more than you could ever imagine. I know you are watching over us all and blessing our world with unknown love and protections. Thank you for being who you were in our world."

This tribute was added by Rachel Aflalo on 17th March 2014

"With  a heavy heart we are remembering a precious young men.
you left us so soon dear Phillip, but it's just that heaven needed one more Angel
We are  keeping in our prayers his dear mom Sandy"

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 16th March 2014

"Happy Birthday sweetheart. You should be 39 years old today. I love you and miss you always. My life has never been happy since you died. You were the light of my life. You were loved by so many people. I was the luckiest mother in the world.  I wish you were here every day. Love Mommy."

This tribute was added by ronnie gustafson on 14th November 2013

"2 years...what can be said?a beautiful man taken violently and way too soon, but i get it now-we honor him by watching out for each other in the gay community and remembering him....hell theres no one in this TOWN that made a better long island ice tea! he rocked at what he did..."

This tribute was added by John Davis on 14th November 2013

"I can't believe it's been 2 years. You are missed like it was yesterday. I know you now have an understanding of life that we all pray to know some day. Stay close to your Mom today as she will need you to give her continued strength. Gods Blessings to your family and friends always Phil, we miss you so very much."

This tribute was added by David Nail on 23rd September 2013

"I'm sorry I wasn't given the opportunity to have you serve me or to have met you in general. From all accounts; you must of been a great guy and loved being a bartender.
I suppose you're in Heaven serving up all the drinks at Heaven's local watering hole. I'll have a Screwdriver when I make my way there someday.   --> REST IN PEACE <--"

This tribute was added by Ronnie Cook on 15th May 2013

"I very sadly and shockingly found out after Googling Phil this morning following a dream about him.  We had a wonderful trip to Paris together some years ago and after leaving London, I never heard from him again. Does anyone know how to reach his mother?  We had known each other from when he worked at the Video store on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. I just can't believe this."

This tribute was added by ronnie gustafson on 17th March 2013

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHIL! MAN DO WE MISS YA>>>>"

This tribute was added by Rachel Aflalo on 16th March 2013

"Remembering today our dear Phil with a special prayer at temple.
What a gentle and king young men he was,
Forever in our hearts"

This tribute was added by Lisa Austin on 16th March 2013

"Happy Birthday, Dear. Your smile is missed by everyone who ever knew you. Think of you often"

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 16th March 2013

"Happy Birthday sweetheart. Life is so different without you in it. I don't know if you ever realized the loving  impact you had on all of your family and friends. I hope you are happy and at peace.
Love forever,
Mom"

This tribute was added by John Davis on 16th March 2013

"Oh Phil, another day yet to miss you on. May all the Angels around you praise you with a beautiful Happy Birthday song today and always. You are home and safe, and I know smiling ear to ear like a kid with one hand in a cookie jar... when he's caught. Miss you gentleness and Great Spirit. Happy 36 Phil. You are SO MISSED, and LOVED here on earth every day! Blessings be always with you."

This tribute was added by Kevin Lee Knight on 16th November 2012

"I'm sorry this is late, Phil. I didn't forget, but I'm in Scotland for work and I barely have time to eat much less anything personal. I just wanted you to know that I miss you so very much. You will always be the same wonderful person that I met 8 years ago. I'll prolly see you sooner than later so save me a beer. ;-)"

This tribute was added by John Davis on 14th November 2012

"I can't believe you have been gone for a whole year. You are so terribly missed by so many. Haven't come across another who is as welcoming and friendly as you my friend. No one can light up the room with a smile and spirit as bright as yours. May your family have peace and joy in remembering your beautiful soul during this Happy and yet tempered season. God Bless you Phil, and your family"

This tribute was added by Sandy Kaplan on 14th November 2012

"Rachel, Larry and I be at your grave site today. I have something I want to leave on your headstone. My heart is broken now that you are gone. I think of you everyday. I love and miss you a lot. Love, Mom"

This tribute was added by Rick Murray on 19th March 2012

"You always got on my nerves asking for your favorite songs to be played but I loved you anyway, I would play anything you wanted now, well maybe. In al seriousness, Phil was a great guy and I really enjoyed working with him, I see the DVDs he made for me to play everyone once in a while and it  reminds me of his passion for music, something we shared. Dolly, Diana and PCD were his favorite"

This tribute was added by Lee Mersino on 19th March 2012

"I' m soory I wasn't there for your birthday Phil,but I thought about and I even had a few drinks for you. I miss you and love you. I'll never forget your smile,the way you made everyone smile and laugh. You were a angel on earth and now you're a angel heaven looking down on us."

This tribute was added by stephen mathis on 16th March 2012

"happy birthday my friend.we miss you each and every day.we keep you forever in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Jamie Thompson on 16th March 2012

"Happy Birthday to you babe! I will always miss the smile you brought to the bar every night. Much love!"

This tribute was added by ronnie gustafson on 16th March 2012

"hello to all..happy birthday phil! boy does it warm my heart that so many people reach out to remember those who have fallen, not only on an every day basis but on special days like this....the whole world still remembers my friend Matt Shepard who was taken from us in a similar horrific crime in 1998, as they will always remember Phil too.god bless you all"

This tribute was added by Rusty Sparks on 16th March 2012

"Happy Birthday Phil, Miss ya buddy hope your getting to celebrate their in heaven as if you were still with us here.. I will forever remember ya buddy..."

This tribute was added by Lee Mersino on 16th January 2012

"Sweet Phil, I will always remember the great times we had. I will always remember that beautiful smile you have. You always smiled no matter what and always put smile on other peoples face. You are my Angel and there's not a night goes by that I don't think about you. Phil I love,care about you and miss you."

This tribute was added by Jeff West on 1st December 2011

"Phil, words cannot describe how I feel for you.  I honor you in my heart everyday.   You certainly had an effect on so many people.  Your smile was one of a kind.   You loved life always and with every opportunity you treated people with love and kindness.  It is so unfortunate that you were taken from us.  For the rest of my life and always you will remain in my thoughts and in my heart."

This tribute was added by Rusty Sparks on 23rd November 2011

"Phil,
Even though I only knew you for a short time while you were in Knoxville. You have left the utmost impression with me then anyone I have ever known. An I hope that someday I have that opportunity to say Thank You and I hope that someday I can just be just as good as a great man as you were. R.I.P. My Friend"

This tribute was added by John Chappell on 23rd November 2011

"Your spirit truly shined through your eyes, and you brightened the lives of all who knew you. As you have now passed from this troublesome world, you know it is now us who need the prayers..as you are now in His midst.

~The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.  Psalm 34:18"

This tribute was added by John Chappell on 23rd November 2011

"Phil, from all these messages as a testament to your loving spirit, it is clear you were truly blessed in this life. While in Knoxville, I saw you from time to time, always friendly, smiling and kind. I pray that God pulled you out as quickly as only His mighty hand could. I was shocked and saddened by our loss. God Bless you, and we will see you again."

This tribute was added by Greg Dyett on 22nd November 2011

"I never met Phil Wells but I have visited The Garage with Las Vegas based friends during a recent vacation. It felt so surreal to hear from them that a gay bar I'd spent some time at was the scene of this totally reprehensible act. My best wishes from Australia to everyone touched by this tragedy."

This tribute was added by ronnie gustafson on 22nd November 2011

"darling phil....one night i was in the garage and an ex of mine was there too and was very cold to me.u sat down next to me and chatted me up till i smiled.ill NEVER forget that and each time i came in there and u smiled and made the best long island ice tea
i ever had!!!"

This tribute was added by John Davis on 20th November 2011

"If we could bring you back again,
For one more hour or day,
We'd express all our unspoken love;
We'd have countless things to say.

If we could bring you back again,
We'd say we treasured you,
And that your presence in our lives
Meant more than we ever knew.

If we could bring you back again,
To tell you what we should,
You'd know how much we miss you now,
And if we could, we would."

This tribute was added by daniel hooker on 19th November 2011

"Phil
There are not words to describe the pain and emptiness this horrible tragedy has caused. I will forever miss you...never forget you...and always love you.."

This tribute was added by Cecil Kester on 18th November 2011

"Phil,
Words can't begin to express how you have touched the lives of all the many people that you have come into contact with.  Thank you for all of the love that you have shared in this lifetime.  Your warm exhilarating smile we will carry in our hearts always!"

This tribute was added by Matthew Shatswell on 17th November 2011

"Phil,,,
Oh dear friend. You were taken from us all so soon and suddenly.. But one thing is for sure, your bright smile and kind warm welcoming hug will be with me. You are one bright angel that has effected so many lives with you just being you.. You are one origenal true friend that will be in our hearts for ever... I'll miss you...."

This tribute was added by Denise Morrison on 17th November 2011

"ure were a sweet man with a beautiful smile&heart! you will live forever in our hearts! ure in the lords arms now! R.i.p phil..heres another candle to light ure way..."

This tribute was added by Lynn Cook on 17th November 2011

"This has been a very sad and upsetting time for the many people that hold you dear to their hearts.  May you always know, throughout eternity, that your kind words and bright smile will always be remembered.   I'll never forget the trip we made to Dollywood to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Park.  We both left with 20 year season passes from Dolly herself.  I Will Always Love You!!!"

This tribute was added by Jason McClure on 17th November 2011

"Thank you for the memories. I know it will be hard, but you and Geneva try and behave yourselves!  ;+)"

This tribute was added by Mystik Knight on 17th November 2011

"Knoxville LGBT Community raised over $4500 for Phil's family!"

This tribute was added by Richard Levine on 16th November 2011

"Phil,
I only had the opportunity to meet you a couple of times, and the few times we chatted, you ALWAYS had a smile on your face, You will be deeply missed by all :-)


."

This tribute was added by stephen mathis on 16th November 2011

"he seemed like a nice guy,didn't really know him,but he will be missed and forever live in our hearts.did not deserve to go this soon,and taken from us.love and miss you forever."

This tribute was added by Gordon Weiss on 16th November 2011

"Pest in Peace Phil, You will be missed by so very many in this world,A kinder and peaceful caring and loving person you are, We will ALWAYS Love you,,,,"

This tribute was added by Jason Spade on 16th November 2011

"You were a great person Phil and taken from us all way to soon! I'm sure your smile is the biggest one in heaven now! RIP buddy!"

This tribute was added by Stephanie Lundberg on 16th November 2011

"You were a wonderful and lovely soul here on Earth!  Here's one more candle to help lead you to Heaven!  :)"

This tribute was added by Jim Burns on 16th November 2011

"You will forever be in the hearts of everyone you touched. RIP Phil. May your family and friends left behind find peace and acceptance."

This tribute was added by David Wright on 16th November 2011

"You will be missed forever, May the Lord take care of you R.I.P my friend"

This tribute was added by Ken Goins on 16th November 2011

"Your smile is now making heaven brighter. RIP my friend."

This tribute was added by Matthew Hardenbergh on 16th November 2011

"I'm truly horrified and saddened by what has happened to you, Phil. Our paths crossed a few times over the years, and you were always a very kind and laid back person when I was around you. No one deserves the brutality which you endured in the last moments of your life. I hope there will be smooth and swift justice done on your behalf."

This tribute was added by Daniel Stewart on 16th November 2011

"You were a great and kind man.  You will be greatly missed."

This tribute was added by David Walker on 16th November 2011

"Rest in Peace Kind fellow.....your amazing heart will forever live on....you were such a sweet heart,,,such a shame your journey ended so soon....my thoughts are with your family and friends."

This tribute was added by Brian Maley on 16th November 2011

"Gone  to soon.   You will always  be in my heart.  I treasure the memories  of you.     RIP  sweet angel......."

This tribute was added by Richard McGuire on 16th November 2011

"We met because of our love for Dolly Parton.  Though I had only known you a short time.  I am so glad that I had the chance to know you.  You will be greatly missed.  "Shine On" like Dolly would want you to."

This tribute was added by Jennie Fred Frederick Adkins on 16th November 2011

"I love you so much Phil and still not grasp the thought that you are no longer with us.  Every time you saw me, you greeted me with that beautiful smile, a warm hug and a sweet kiss on the cheek....Heaven gained a glorious angel when you arrived Monday morning.  We will meet again my dear one and what a day that will be....May you rest in peace....Knoxville, TN"

This tribute was added by Brad Gagner on 16th November 2011

"Thanks for the brief period that I did enjoy your friendship--you certainly left a lasting impression on me--and obviously many others from all over the country.  I'll never forget the brief but interesting chat we had about Karen Carpenter, and the few philosophical tidbits you left me with.  Thanks for touching my life and the lasting memory of your friendship..."

This tribute was added by John Ingram on 16th November 2011

"Phil, you've touched the lives of so many...nationwide. What a blessing to us all. No one could ever pour a cold Fat Tire with such enthusiasm as you. We are comforted in knowing your gleaming smile is shining in the heavens above. Go in peace my friend; rest easy. We will always love you."

This tribute was added by Randy Gamo on 15th November 2011

"I'm glad that I had the opportunity to meet you, and befriended you.  You've always had an amazing heart and a brilliant mind.  As my heart aches in losing you, I will try to be strong, and hang on the your memories.  Until we meet again.  You will always be loved, Phil!"

This tribute was added by Tiffany White on 15th November 2011

"To the family of Phil,

Oh where do I begin?  From the first time I walked in to the Rainbow merely 6 yrs ago, I knew Phil was it.  A gentle, kind hearted, caring soul, that just lit up the room.  He had me from hello that is for sure.  My favorite thing was to see him dance.  :*( Until we meet again..."

This tribute was added by Paul Brandt on 15th November 2011

"I will always remember your laugh, love and kindness. Goodbye Phil, but never forgotten."

This tribute was added by Albert Perez on 15th November 2011

"Phil, thank you for being the kind hearted person you are with that welcoming smile & funny attitude. There's never a dull moment with you. Most of all thanks for just being a friend & being you. You touched so many people & you will be missed. I won't say goodbye because one day we'll hang again. Lots of Love my friend until the next time....PS: Have my Margarita waiting."

This tribute was added by Ken Myers on 15th November 2011

"Phil,
That smile and friendly face will be missed for years and years to come.  RIP our friend and remember we will see you soon.  Our thoughts and prayers are with your family."

This tribute was added by Chad Callahan on 15th November 2011

"Phil, you were such a wonderful and beautiful person. We love you so very much. Thank you so much for touching our lives. May your soul finally be at peace. We'll see you again one day."

This tribute was added by Jessica Siller on 15th November 2011

"It is so tragic that you were taken away so young.  You will be missed forever. May your soul find everlasting serenity."

This tribute was added by Charlies Vegas on 15th November 2011

"We loved you honey.  You were like family to our entire management and staff.  Everyone loved your sweetness and smile.  May you always walk with the Angels.  You will be missed forever!!"

This tribute was added by Rolando Rodriguez on 15th November 2011

"Gone way too soon, just ripped out of our arms but never from our hearts. RIP my friend and watch over us in this crazy world."

This tribute was added by Keith Young on 15th November 2011

"RIP Phil, Gone way too soon and way to young. You are now free of the cares and pains of this life. God Speed."

This tribute was added by Troy Roberts on 15th November 2011

"Phil,

You were an awesome guy!!! I have lots of found memories of you that I will cherish forever. You did not deserve to die this early in your life. You sure didn't deserve to be taken the brutual way you were and by the person who took you from everyone. You will be forever Missed!!"


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