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Final Patrol: Trooper William J. Phillips (Retired)

William (Bill) J. Phillips

​Obituary William (Bill) J. Phillips, age 79, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2022, at Mercy House. Bill was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Beatrice Phillips, and two infant sons, Todd and Sean. He is survived by his loving wife, Carole, their daughter, Amy (Anthony) Magsajo; two granddaughters, Beatrix, and Violet. Also surviving are brothers, Robert (Sue) Phillips, and Kenneth, Jr (Patricia) Phillips; sister, Barbara Phillips; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, along with countless lifelong friends. Bill served as a New York State Police trooper for a total of 35 years, including 29 years on the State Police Scuba-Dive Team, and several years as a D.A.R.E. officer. For over 45 years, Bill was a member of the Triple Cities Street Rods, with his 1933 Ford Pickup proudly flying the American and NY State flags. He was known for his silly puns and play on words, hilarious and sometimes irreverent jokes, immense generosity, and tirelessly lending a hand to help anyone in need, whether they knew they needed the help or not! He infused most any situation with laughter, light, and jokes. A celebration of life will be held at the Coleman & Daniels Funeral Home, 300 E Main St, Endicott, followed by a graveside service at Vestal Hills Memorial Park. Calling hours will be Sunday, June 26, 4 to 7PM and Monday, June 27 10-11AM, with service at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Mercy House of the Southern Tier, 212 N. McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY 13760, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 12226, Syracuse, NY 13218. For full obituary, please visit

Posted online on June 21, 2022 Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin

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