Scott D. Phillips, 67, of Newport passed away peacefully on September 9th, 2019 at the Rhode Island Veteran’s Home in Bristol RI, where he had resided for the last 4 ½ years while battling Lewy Body Dementia.
Scott was born in Romulus Michigan, in 1951 to Evangeline and Jack Phillips and was the oldest of 4 children. He joined the Navy his Senior Year of High School and served during the Vietnam War and the Arab/Israeli Conflict. He was proud of his Military Service. The Navy brought Scott to Newport, were he met and married Catherine (James) and settled down. After his Naval service, Scott worked at the Newport Shipyard and Instatune, before taking a cabinet maker’s position at Raytheon, where he worked for almost 30 years before retiring in 2009.
Scott was regarded as a mechanical wizard, and it was joked that he could fix anything with 2 or more parts. He often repaired automobiles, lawn mowers, household appliances, computers and later, he taught himself how to restore and repair antique clocks and pocket watches. Scott also was called on by friends and neighbors to set up home entertainment centers, a task he considered to be a pleasure, rather than a chore.
Scott played baseball, bowled, rally and stockcar raced, and rode horses with his daughter Jade. He also enjoyed camping, fishing and being in the outdoors, but his first love was always music. For years Scott worked along his good friend and Shipmate doing the sound for the Newport Jazz Festivals. He loved most musical genres and was always eager to hear live music being played; Everything from Doo Wop to classic rock, Classical to alternative.
In addition of his wife Catherine of 46 years, Scott leaves behind his daughter Jade K. Phillips, his grandson, Owen Scott Sibya of Newport, his sisters Robin Davidson and her husband Gene of Delaware, Alicia Davis and her husband Dennis of Michigan and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Jack and Evangelina Phillips, and his brother Raymond.
Our family would like to express our sincerest thanks to the staff at the RI Veteran’s home in Bristol for their loving care of all of us these past years. We will never forget your kindness.
Visitation will be held on September 20th, 2019 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm followed by a Celebration of Life immediately being held in the funeral home at 6:00pm at Memorial Home 375 Broadway, Newport RI.
In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the RI Veteran’s Home, 480 Metacom Ave Bristol RI 02809.