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GLOUCESTER- John Fanning Philbrick, 87, husband of the late Judith A. (Krawitt) Philbrick, passed away peacefully February 5, 2018 at Gloucester Healthcare (where is was lovingly and respectfully cared for by the many wonderful healthcare workers and staff). Born in Massachusetts, June 14, 1930, to the late Maurice and Hilda (Fanning) Philbrick. Later raised by Maurice and Edna (Brown) Philbrick, after Hilda's youthful passing. John was an Officer in the US Army, a position in which he was very proud. He frequently told stories of his military experience to friends and family. John attended Boston University and later became a successful furniture salesman with Broyhill Furniture and Action Industries. The Philbrick's resided in Cheshire, Connecticut and summered in Gloucester until making permanent residency in Gloucester in 1995.
While in Gloucester, John was part of the Bass Rocks Golf Club, but as a tennis member. He was a fierce competitor, playing singles or doubles in many tournaments, often coming home with battle scars, dehydration, and trophies. At home, John was an avid pool player, who many found difficult to beat. Sailing was John's passion later in life. In the late 80's, he purchased his sailboat, Ya'Sou. He and Judy sailed weekly during the summer, often taking friends for weekend or week long trips aboard the boat. At age 69, he and Judy took an 11 month trip sailing solo aboard Ya'Sou from Gloucester to the Bahamas.
John was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Ann (Rust) Philbrick, and is survived by their sons, John R (Jay) Philbrick and his wife, Victoria of North Conway, NH, and David Scott Philbrick and his wife, Susan of Bethlehem, Conn. and their children, Angela Laferriere, husband, Marc, and Gregory Philbrick, wife, Tracy. John is also survived by his, and Judy's, daughter Sandra (Philbrick) Pellegrino and her husband, Enzo Pellegrino, and their children, Sophia and Izzy Pellegrino of Cheshire, Conn. John was also proud to be a great grandfather. John is survived by two older sisters as well. Martha Jane Richmond 92 who lives in Andover, adored her "baby brother" and spent time with him frequently; often bringing John to her house for holidays and family parties. Virginia Rea, 89, who he referred to as his "baby sister, two years older" currently lives in Fresno, Calif. She kept in touch weekly with hand written letters filled with her thoughts about politics and the current state of our country. John also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of John's life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his name to SeniorCare, 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930 Phone # 978-281-1750 or email: www.seniorcareinc.org, or to Office of Veteran's Services, City Hall, 9 Dale Ave. Gloucester, MA 01930. Please make check out to "Veteran's Services" Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on February 9, 2018
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