Leonard B. Phillips Sr. was born on May 16, 1925 in Lewes, Delaware and lived most of his life in Galveston. He often considered himself an “old Galvestonian” – a BOI – born off the island. He died peacefully at age 88 on January 3, 2014 with family members at his side. Leonard was one of 10 children, was a devoted and loving husband of 69 years, father of 5, grandfather of 7, and great grandfather of 4 with 2 additional great grandchildren on the way.
Leonard served honorably with the 54th Naval Construction Battalion of the US Navy (known as the Seabees) in World War II (1945-46). He was the Veterans of Foreign War Post Commander for Post 880 in Galveston from 1968 to 1970 and was active providing volunteer services with the Cooties (Military Order of the Cootie of the United States or otherwise known as the Honor Degree of the VFW). He graduated from Kirwin High School, worked as a computer operator for 36 years at the American Indemnity Insurance Company, was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Galveston Serra Club and Quota Club.
Leonard had a love for country music and was famous for his barbeques where he would barbeque many chickens for the various fundraisers associated with St. Mary’s Church and School, Kirwin/O’Connell High School, and the VFW. He loved his coffee at 4am every day while he read the Galveston Daily News.
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and his son, Jimmy Phillips. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Emma Jean Phillips; sister Florence; sons: Leonard B. Phillips Jr of Galveston, Texas, Jerry Phillips and wife Nina of Austin, Texas, David Phillips and wife Jackie of Henderson, Nevada and Mike Phillips and wife Dianne of Houston, Texas; nieces and nephews: Scott Phillips, Paul and Sherry Cavazos and Carol Anne; grandchildren and their spouses: Todd and Tiffany Phillips of League City, Texas; Lauren Phillips and Marco Simoni of Rome, Italy; Brendan and Sabrina Phillips of Austin, Texas; Jessica Phillips of Henderson, Nevada; Shawn Phillips and friend Alicia Waldon of Boise, Idaho; Stephanie Phillips and Daniel Gross of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Patrick Phillips of Houston, Texas; great grandchildren: Megan Phillips of League City, Texas; Nicolo Simoni of Rome, Italy; Arianna Simoni of Rome, Italy; and Azaria Phillips of Austin, Texas. He will also be missed by Rita and Joe Sekin of Irving, Texas and Muriel Bockelman of the Woodlands, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Butch Phillips, Jerry Phillips, David Phillips, Mike Phillips, Todd Phillips, and Patrick Phillips
Honorary Pallbearers will be Brendan Phillips, Shawn Phillips, and Nicolo Simoni.
Leonard’s family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm, Tuesday, January 7th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Galveston, Texas. A rosary will begin at 6:30 pm, led by Deacon John Pistone.
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 8th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father EJ Stein as Celebrant. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas.
Memorials can be made to O’Connell College Preparatory School, 1320 Tremont, Galveston, TX 77550, in Leonard’s name.