Philip Howard Marshall of Gloucester was born on Nov. 8, 1957, and left us just shy of his 60th birthday on Sept. 19, 2017.
He was the youngest of the six sons born to Eugene and Lillian (Cohen) Marshall. Phil attended Gloucester High School and married June McCurdy, who passed in 2012.
Phil is survived by the two sons he had with June, Chad Marshall, Chad’s fiancée, Jonell Merithew, and their children, Devon Merithew (17), Ryan Merithew (15), Daniella Merithew (12) and Aubrey Marshall (2); and Adam Marshall, Adam’s wife, Crystal, and their son, Charlie (1).
He is also survived by his brother, Neil, and more than two dozen nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Phil was predeceased by his older brothers, Jim, Jack, Alan and Gary Marshall.
Phil’s career as a long-haul trucker took him to many interesting destinations, but his heart was always in Gloucester and with his large, beloved family. Annual July 4th Marshall family reunions at Good Harbor Beach were a highlight for Phil, whose declining health in recent years made it difficult for him to get around — but never prevented him from returning to the place he loved to be with the people whom he loved. His joy at being with his family radiated more brightly than the sun on the sand in July.
He will always be remembered for his smile and the twinkle in his eyes, his sense of mischief, and his almost comedic klutziness — whether it was his multiple failed attempts at fixing a simple mechanical problem that turned it into a time-consuming and costly exercise — or his ability to trip and fall without provocation or any sense of self-preservation (yet somehow without getting hurt) that led to his nickname, “the professional faller.”
Marshall family reunions will go on in Gloucester, but Phil’s exuberance and abundant love for the place and his family will be sorely missed by us all.
A celebration of Phil’s life will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Mount Jacob Cemetery in Gloucester. Those who wish to pay their respects are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Phil’s memory to the American Cancer Society or ActionInc.org in Gloucester.
Published on  November 3, 2017