In Memory

Giles D. Phillips

Giles D. Phillips

Oct. 6, 2017

Giles D. Phillips, 62, Drums, passed away Friday evening in Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of Patricia Alexander Phillips and the late Giles “Buzz” Phillips.

He was of the Catholic faith, he was the owner/operator of Giles Phillips Construction, Drums. He was a graduate of Hazleton High School and also studied at Slippery Rock University. Giles was the current president of Drums Lions Club. He enjoyed weightlifting and won numerous power lifting championships.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his beloved companion, Karen Sarno; his son, David; and two grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother, Michael and his wife, Jennifer, McAdoo; sisters, Linda Timko and her husband, Michael, Athens, Ga.; Carolyn Goff and her husband, Tim, Apopka, Fla.; Suzanne Rebecca and her fiancé, Bill Harrox, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

Giles’ funeral will be held at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday from Boyle Funeral Home, 100 S. Wyoming St., Hazleton, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton. Burial will follow in St. Gabriel’s cemetery, Hazleton.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday..

Donations to the Drums Lions Club, c/o 448 E. Butler Drive, Freeland, PA 18224, in memory of Giles, would be appreciated by the family.

© Hazleton~Standard Speaker, OBITS / PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 9, 2017

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10/09/17 09:55 PM #1    

Karen L. Martinkovic

I was so happy to see Giles again at our Class 60th Birthday Bash. You just never know, do you? Life is way too short. RIP & see ya when I see ya Giles!


10/09/17 11:36 PM #2    

Thomas J. Holloman, II

          I send my sincere condolences to your family Giles especially your mother who was a special friend of my mom and I will never forget her kindness when my mom was sick and dying. Giles, Ralph Ferdinand and I hung out for a period of time after High School. Those wild and crazy days. I know your family will be missing you here but as I have come to know what my eternal life will be when I am gone I am prayer fully suspecting you are in the presence of Father GOD, Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. What a glorious place to spend the rest of your life. God bless to you Giles for no matter how small our contributions are to each other on earth we will be lifted up to each other in the Lord's presence."The LORD bless you and keep you: The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." (Numbers 6:24-26 RSV) 

10/10/17 02:25 PM #3    

Matthew Palucci

I was happy to 'catch up' with Giles at the 60th Birthday Party. We traded stories about how damn hot Florida was and why would anyone want to live there??? Why???  Giles lived there for several years and I plan on retiring there...funny how life turns out !  Giles shared with me that he did roofs in Florida and I was impressed with not only the strength and endurance that profession demands, but also doing it in the heat of Florida !!     Rest in Peace my friend !!

10/15/17 05:59 PM #4    

Thomas G. Urosevich

As many of you know, Giles and I shared a strong bond of brotherhood and our lives were intertwined for over 48 years. Please remember him in your prayers. 🕆

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