BELFAST — It is with much love and great sorrow that we announce the passing of Phillip A. Lear at the age of 61. He passed away on Nov. 3, 2022, after a period of declining health.Phil was predeceased by his father, Elbert H. Lear Jr., when Phil was only 12 years old; his mother, Lisa G. Lear, who was a major support system for Phil; his brother, John H. Lear, at the young age of 11, when Phil was only 7 years old; and his son, Joseph A. Lear, at the young age of 14 years old.He was survived by his older brothers, Elroy Lear and Heinz-Elbert “Al” Lear, with son Jacob Lear and Al’s wife Jeanette Lear and their children Letitia and Nicole. Phil was also survived by five sons, Phillip Lear and children Brian, Isaiah and Lisa, with wife including children; Matthew Lear and wife Kaylynn Lear and their children Wyatt, Lily-Ann and Colby Lear; Samuel D. Lear; Zachary B. Lear; and John D. Lear and wife Carollynn Lear with their children Elizabeth and Eleanor Lear.Phil was born to Elbert H. Lear Jr. and Lisa G. Lear on Nov. 22, 1960, in Bremerhaven, Germany, while his father was stationed overseas. He was known to love his six sons greatly, and to obnoxiously — and embarrassingly — express his pride for them to any and all who would hear him! Phil found strength and direction from his faith in God through most of his adult life and especially after the loss of his youngest son, Joseph A. Lear.Phil explored many avenues in his life, including exploring Colorado as a volunteer firefighter and writing, though he was not able to complete his written work. At one time, he established and successfully ran his own bottle redemption business in Swanville.He was fond of Chevy trucks and cars, especially the blue 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS with white stripes, and was a very capable auto mechanic, handyman and do-it-yourselfer. He loved to laugh and reminisce, and he was fond of all animals, especially dogs. He often shared his spiritual journey with friends and family and often spoke of his close relationship with God. He will be greatly missed but his family takes solace in knowing that he is at peace now with his God.A celebration of life ceremony will be held at the Belfast Church of Nazarene on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. A gathering will be held just for close family afterward. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make donations in Phil’s honor to the Belfast Church of the Nazarene.

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