Phil was born March 30th 1929 in Suffolk, MA. He shared his birthday with his daughter Janet Newman.
A native of Needham, MA. Phil obtained his Agricultural degree in 1950 at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture (Massachusetts Agricultural College) Amherst, MA.
Phil married Harriet Nichols of Westboro, MA, Feb 23, 1952. They were married 56 years, sadly she passed away Nov 12, 2008. He is survived by his 6 children. Their first 4 children, Philip, Karen, Janet and Stanley, were born on their first dairy farm in Grafton, MA, and the last 2 children, Susan and David, were born on the dairy farm they bought in April 1959 in Bristol, VT. Their 6 children are; Philip (Diane) Livingston of New Haven, VT, Karen (Tim) Mindling of South Lyon, MI, Janet (Perry) Newman of Stannard, VT, Stanley (MaryJeanne) Livingston of Bristol, VT, Susan (Terry) Laing of Bellevue, NE, and David (Wendy) Livingston of Bristol, VT. He is also survived by his beloved sister Carol Bean of Eastham, MA, 16 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He loved Cape Cod, boats, fishing, flying airplanes and dogs. In the later years Phil was most happy when he was on his fishing boat.
Phil was very active in the NFO (National Farmers Organization) as a Marketing Specialist. He worked tirelessly to achieve higher milk prices for all farmers, especially in Vermont, and with the potato and blueberry farmers in Maine.
He was a member of the Armed Forces Reserves when Philip and Harriet were first married. Phil and Harriet enjoyed being members of the Flying Farmers of America and owned 2 airplanes over the years. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
A celebration of Phil’s life will be held Wednesday, April 24th at the Brown McClay Funeral Home, Bristol, VT. Viewing will be held at 10:00am with the funeral following at 11:00am. Committal Service at the gravesite will be for family only. Family and friends are welcome to celebrate Phil’s life at the home of his son Stanley from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
Memorial donations in memory of Phil can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.