Michael Gates Phillips

Michael Gates Phillips, 66, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Phillips was born July 19, 1946 in Oakland, California, son of Douglas G. Phillips and Shirley Karns Phillips.  Although he lived many places around the world as a child and young man, he found a true home in Shenandoah County, where he lived for 40 years. He loved the beauty of the valley and enjoyed much of his time outdoors. He had a natural affection for animals and cared for many. As a smart, funny, and independent thinker, he was a reliable source of support and humor to his family and friends.

For many years, he worked in data processing and systems administration for Frederick County Government. He also spent much of his time supporting local conservation organizations.

Michael is survived by two daughters, Christy Phillips Lyon of Madison, CT and Jessica Phillips Andersen of Oakland, CA; brother, Bruce Phillips of Tacoma Park, MD and two grandsons, Benjamin William Lyon and Andrew Michael Lyon.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Phillips.

Memorial contributions may be made to  Volunteer Farms, 277 Crider Lane, Woodstock, VA 22664.

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3 Condolences to Michael Gates Phillips

  1. Jerry and Alice Foltz says:

    We remember Michael as a devoted father, caring for Christy and Jessie even when times were hard. We also admired the good ways that he planned and worked on the old house….a continuous project, never finished in our memory, but always expressive of his dreams and creativity. And it was always fun to talk to him! He always had a smile, a story, a new way to look at things in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. God bless his gentle spirit, and all those whom he loved.

  2. Bubba and Abbe Kennedy says:

    Christie and Jessie,
    Your dad was a great neighbor and friend. His joyful disposition, contagious smile and good energy will be missed. He was very very proud of his girls!
    Please come see us when you are back in town!

  3. Al hartnett says:

    Mike was my best friend during my time at Congressional prep school we were brought together by our love of sports cars and antisocial behavior. Mike had a heart of gold. We went our different ways and lost touch,however, his spirit will live on in my memory. Nough said