TROY – James J. Phillips, 87, of Syracuse, died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Diamond Hill Nursing Center in Troy. Mr. Phillips was born in Kane, PA, but lived most of his life in Syracuse. He attended the University of Notre Dame, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Selfridge. He worked as a salesman for many years, and also for KS&R in Syracuse. He was a founding member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He also was an avid polo fan, and a member of the Elks.
Mr. Phillips was predeceased by his wife Grace Elizabeth Strehle Phillips; he is survived by his son Lochiel J. Phillips (Sharon) of Albany; his sister Mary Jane Schaeffer (George) of Atlanta, GA; his grandchildren Josephine Faix (Christopher) of Denver, CO, James L. Phillips of Albuquerque, NM, Henry L. Phillips of Albany, and Peter J. Phillips of Albany. Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday at 1:00 p.m.. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Saturday from 11am – 1 p.m. Interment will be held privately at a later date. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to CNY Hospice of Syracuse, NY. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.