|Posted 2021-07-23 by mhenderson|
|Published by The Arizona Republic from Jul. 21 to Jul. 28, 2021 -|
Phoenix, Arizona -
Philip Demeree 88 passed June 15, 2021. Phil was the son of Mike
(F.A.) and Ruth Demeree and has one younger brother Bob (wife Kitzie),
He attended Manlius Military Academy and was a member of the ski team
The school's motto was "Manners Maketh the Man. This influenced all
three of the men in his family who were graduates of this Academy.
After graduation, Phil joined the army, during the Korean War, and
went to OCS and became a First lieutenant. Philips' family owned a
Chevrolet Dealership in Bainbridge, NY Phil took over the business and
ran the dealership. He sold the agency and moved to Tucson, Arizona in
1980 to be near his Aunt Jayne. We all appropriately called "Auntie
Phil then moved to Scottsdale and there continued his car business as
an auto broker. He was always matching his clients with the perfect
car for them. Philip was also a pilot and flew his own planes for
years. He had many talents and interests Philip had a beautiful tenor
voice and was a soloist for 10 years at the church he attended in his
New York area. He sang with many choirs at his churches. Philip was a
man of faith. He was a Stephens minister at the Mountain View
Presbyterian Church. He was an excellent ballroom dancer (Arthur
Murray taught); played tennis, golf and bridge. Over his golfing
years, he had bragging rights to 2 holes in one! Phil took Plaza 3
classes and did some modeling, His Picture was on a billboard (with 2
others as one entered the state of Arizona.) My son Jim gave him a
tape of Tai Chi. He began practicing, then took classes which he
continued throughout the rest of his life. As he would practice
outside often, neighbors would see him and he had a few others who
joined the class. Phil was a kind soul and a gentleman to all he met.
Preceded in death by his three children, Brad, Renee and Lisa. Phil is
survived by his wife Gloria Lennox of 35 years and her children,
Cheryl Lynda and Jim and 3 grandchildren, Mike, Alex and Katie. Two
step-children Kathy, Bob and their families. Three grandchildren
Brady, Tera and Merissa in other areas of the country. One niece, Anne
and nephew Karl, and families. One cousin Linda and family in
California be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday September 25 at Messinger's
Mortuary with a celebration of life to follow at the Scottsdale House
Restaurant. In Lieu of flowers, family is asking for donations to the
Alzheimer Foundation of America.
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