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Jack D. Phillips

October 27, 1928 ~ November 8, 2021 (age 93)

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Jack D Phillips died peacefully at his home in Springfield, MA, on Nov. 8, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Angel Hospital in Franklin, NC, on October 27, 1928, he was the eldest of four children of John Dillard and Erma Phillips. His brothers, Max and Gene, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Mary Teresa (Luszcz) Phillips; his younger sister, Joan Orr;  his children Sheila Somers (John), Marjorie Rudolph (Richard), Mark D Phillips (Andrea Peyser), Natalie Siemaszko (Corky), and Jacqueline Bishop (Steve); his grandchildren Nathan Somers (Althea),  Melissa Argiro (Jake), Heather Rudolph (Jen Lexington), Ashley Acord (Brian), James Rudolph (Jess), Lisa Rudolph, Eliza Phillips, Aleks Siemaszko, Hanna Siemaszko and Joshua Bishop; his great-grandchildren Jack Somers, Charlie Somers, Will Somers, Claire Somers, Adam Argiro, Owen Argiro, Olivia Rudolph-Lexington, and Jeremy Rudolph-Lexington. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

 In a career spanning seven decades, he was a teacher, principal, director of education and driving school owner and instructor who helped shape the minds and abilities of countless young people from Massachusetts to North Carolina and Virginia. His lifelong passion was education.

A longtime resident of Springfield, MA, he was owner of Park Auto School in Springfield before retiring, teaching and influencing hundreds of students to drive and get licensed. He was an educator his entire adult life, working as principal at Chester High School in Chester, MA, teacher in South Deerfield, MA, and at Forest Park, Kiley Junior High School and Pioneer Valey Christian School, all in Springfield, MA. He was an educator in Buena Vista and Martinsville, Virginia; Brasstown and Morganton, NC. He was director of education at the NC Western Correctional Center for Youth in Morganton, NC, and was elected to the Burke County School Board.

His very first teacher was his mother, Erma, in a one-room schoolhouse. He graduated from Robbinsville, NC, High School in 1945, before joining the US Air Force and spending three years in Japan during the Korean War. Just before his discharge, he was sent to Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, MA, where he met, fell in love with and married his wife, Mary, 69 years ago.

He earned a Bachelors in Education from American International College in 1958, a Masters in Education from UMASS-Amherst in 1962, and an Education Specialist Degree at Western Carolina University. He participated in Doctoral programs at Duke University and transferred to UMASS-Amherst.

His favorite pastime was reading books. His favorites were the Bible, A. W. Tozer, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C. S. Lewis and Viktor Frankel. He also enjoyed Gospel music by Hovie Lister and the Statesmen, the Blackwood Brothers, and the Everly Brothers.


Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Wilbraham Funeral Home, 25521 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. The funeral service will be Monday at 9:00am at Wilbraham Funeral Home, followed by a Committal Service with Military Honors at 11:00am at MA Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Agawam. The family respectfully requests that those attending be fully vaccinated.

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November 14, 2021

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wilbraham Funeral Home
2551 Boston Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095

Funeral Service
November 15, 2021

9:00 AM
Wilbraham Funeral Home
2551 Boston Road
Wilbraham, MA 01095

November 15, 2021

11:00 AM
MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam

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