David Lee Phillips, 68

Apr 12, 2013

David Lee Phillips, 68, of Freedom, passed away at his home Friday, March 29, 2013, after a brave and courageous battle with cancer with his family and close friend Bret Ryan by his side.

David was born in Plainfield, N.J. on Dec. 7, 1944, to Albert and Mildred (Lee) Phillips. David was an owner/operator truck driver for most of his life, hauling out of Irving Tanning in Hartland, and Sigma Corp. in Cream Ridge, N.J.

David enjoyed going to antique truck and equipment shows with his good friend Bret. He enjoyed going to Carlisle, Pa., with his good friend Jim Bartels. Dave also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Dave was always willing to help anyone who needed a hand.

He was predeceased by his parents and brothers Alvin and John Phillips.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth (Raven) Phillips; sons Keith of Freedom, Kenneth and his wife, Theresa, of Pittsfield; daughter Jennifer Schofield and her husband, Wayne, of Troy; eight grandchildren, Colleen, Nicole and Mackensie Schofield, Christopher, Lucus, Cheyanne and Khole Phillips, and Dustin Phillips; sister Lois Hacik and her husband, Walter, of Troy; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Dorothy and Todd Trull of Unity and Linda and Michael Raven of Pittsfield. He also leaves special friends Jim Bartels of Knox, Bret Ryan of Sidney, and Emery Whitcomb of Monroe.

A special thank-you to Julie Parsons for all her help and time spent at appointments.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Alfond Cancer Center, Dr. Ronald Hart and Dr. Timothy Webb for all their love and support and keeping Dave so positive through it all. A special thanks to Jim Bartels and wife Tanya for all of their support; to Bret for all the support he gave to Dave and the family. Special thanks to Dave and Linda Richards of New Jersey, Petty and Brenda Letourneau of North Carolina, nieces Lieschen Strothoff of Maryland and Debbie Aguilar of New Jersey for making special trips to Maine to surprise Dave in the last couple of months.

There will be a celebration of life April 27 at David’s home at 1 p.m. Please come and reminisce about good times and share stories with the family and close friends.

Cremation arrangements are with Mid Maine Cremation Services.

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