Robert “Bob” E. Phillips
HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, NJ – Robert E. “Bob” Phillips, 87, of Holland Township, NJ, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township, NJ, with his family by his side.
Bob was born July 24, 1929 in Holland Township, NJ, the son of the late John Earl and Dorothy (Sinclair) Phillips. He was born and raised on the family farm, which had been in the family since 1806, where he continued to live until his death. His first schooling occurred in the one-room school house on Church Road. He graduated from Frenchtown High School in 1945.
After his father’s death in 1948, Bob followed his father’s footsteps in the dairy farming business. In the 1950’s, he became a part-time agent for the Farm Family Insurance Companies. In 1960, he sold his dairy cows to continue full-time in the insurance business, while continuing to raise Suffolk sheep. Bob retired from Farm Family in 1994 after 37 years of service and kept his sheep until 2004. He was frequently seen on his tractor and visiting with customers at “The Stand”.
In 1951, he married Iris Brown. She was his constant companion and fellow farmer until her death in 2004 after 52 years of marriage.
Bob was a member of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, the New Jersey Agricultural Society and the Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture. For 12 years he was on the Hunterdon County Library Board of Commissioners. He was the Holland Township Tax Assessor and Registrar of Vital Statistics from 1953 until 1975, also serving on the Planning Board (1959-1975), the Board of Adjustment (1976-1979), and the Board of Health (1953-1980). Bob was a long time member of the Milford Lions Club and the Phillipsburg Masonic Lodge #52 F. & A. M.
As a lifetime faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Riegelsville, PA, Bob served several terms on the Church Council and taught Sunday school for several years. Family tradition tells that Bob’s grandfather helped haul the stones to build the church.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Marc and Holly Phillips; his daughter Kathleen Sciarello, all of Holland Township, NJ, and grandchildren Jason Phillips, Megan Phillips, Sara Sciarello, and Julia Sciarello-McGuinness. Also surviving are step-grandchildren Lora Radzieta and Jessica Palmadessa, and three step great-grandchildren Adam, Ginger, and Amelia.
Private burial will be in the Upper Tinicum Lutheran Cemetery in Tinicum Township, PA. A memorial service will be held 1 PM Saturday, January 21, 2017 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 Delaware Rd., Riegelsville, PA. Arrangements are under the care of Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, Holland Township, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Milford Lions Club, P.O. Box 112, Milford, NJ 08848.