January 9, 1946 — December 4, 2017
DIAMOND POINT — John N. “Nick” Phillips, 71, of Diamond Point, died peacefully following a brief encounter with lung cancer on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 with his wife Angela holding his hand.
Born on Jan. 9, 1946, in Schenectady, he was the son of the late John N. and Rosedell (Alessandrini) Phillips. Nick graduated from Wilton High School Class of 1964 and obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Language from Wesleyan University.
Nick’s most recent accomplishment was being “Mr. Mom” to his four-year old twins, Jack and Elaine. He was so very proud of his last hurrah children and would often be found at various local markets with them in tow while mommy worked.
Before his retirement, Mr. Phillips’ professional career spanned over 38 years. He was a manufacturing executive for Stanley Tools, New Britain, Connecticut; Timex Corporation, Middlebury, Connecticut; Steuben Glass, Corning, New York; and Analog Devices, Wilmington, Massachusetts. For the past 20 years, Mr. Phillips worked as a consultant in the areas of business turnarounds, and software implementations, including work with DAZ Systems Inc. After retirement, he acted as an independent consultant and was involved in mentoring many new Oracle process manufacturing consultants. In addition to long held membership in the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), his business experience resulted in an invitation to guest lecture for Northeastern University’s MBA program.
Nick was a lifetime member of the NRA, and taught Hunter Safety, and Defensive Hand Gunning in Connecticut as well as in Massachusetts.
Nick was well known for his gift of gab and cynical humor. He gathered friends anywhere he traveled, and loved to entertain. He also made many friends as an usher at St. Mary / St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Hudson Falls. His friends respected his in-depth knowledge of innumerable subjects, which he was always willing to share. His valued downtime from business was filled with many hobbies, including tinkering with his 26’ Pearson sailboat “Recovery,” photography, reading, woodworking, hunting, reloading, anything involving fly fishing, and HO scale model railroading.
In addition to his parents, his sisters Christina Phillips-West and Penelope Phillips-Armand predeceased him.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Angela Phillips, of Diamond Point, and by his last hurrah children, four year old twins John Nicholas “Jack” Phillips IV and Elaine Abigail Phillips, of Diamond Point; and by his three daughters from previous marriage, Elizabeth Curley (Kevin) of Colonie, Genevieve Phillips (John Barr) of Portland, Oregon, and Ashley Stahl (Dennis), of Lincoln Park, New Jersey; and by one granddaughter, Lauren Curley, of Colonie, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury. A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at St. Mary/ St Paul’s Church on the park in Hudson Falls. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
The family thanks the wonderful caregivers in Tower 2 at the Glens Falls Hospital with a special thanks to Jean Vanauken and Dr. Masson.
In lieu of flowers, Nick, as a friend of Bill W. for 26 years, would have suggested donating money to your local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous. Donations may also be made in Nick’s memory to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund, 100 Park St., Glens Falls, NY 12801.
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