Ernest 'Ernie' Phillips, 77
GLENBURN -- Ernest 'Ernie' A. Phillips, 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 27, 2013.
He was born on Jan. 4, 1936, the eldest son of Stanley and Muriel (Morse) Phillips in Milford. He attended Milford Grammar School and graduated from Old Town High School in 1954. While attending O.T.H.S. junior and senior classes he worked the night shift at Penobscot Chemical Fiber Co. Upon graduation from O.T.H.S. he worked the summer for Bridge Construction Co.
In the fall Ernie worked for S.A. Fish, a Ford dealership of Old Town. In February 1956 he went to work for B&A Railroad as a trainman. In July 1962 he was employed by the Maine Central Railroad as a trainman then a conductor. Ernie also drove trucks as a member of Local #340 for a number of companies including Coles, Sanborn's and St. Johnsbury.
In 1980 Ernie was elected as general chairman for the United Transportation Union representing Maine Central, Portland Terminal, Grand Trunk Railroad CN, CP Railroad, Lamoine Valley Railroad and Central Vermont. Ernie went on to be Alternate Vice President of the United Transportation Union, retiring after 41 years of service in the railroad industry. He came home, sold his farms, took care of the trailer park that he had started in 1978 and did a little construction work.
Ernie was a 33 year member of the Portland Elks Lodge
#188, serving in officer and trustee positions for many years. He was a member of the Air National Guard, the Am Vets since 1996 and a member for 38 years of the American Legion Post #24 in Rumford. Ernie was a longtime member of the 470 railroad club and MRG/Downeast Rail, a member of the Me. Forest & Logging Museum at Leonard's Mill and also served as president of the West Glenburn Community Club for a number of years. Ernie served on the Charter
Review Committee, Economic Development Committee, Land Use Committee and the Planning Board for the Town of Glenburn. He deeply cared for the town of Glenburn and its future.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife, Donna Peirce; his daughter, Dawn Hafford and her husband Bobby, son, Michael Botting and fiancee Fran Murray, stepson, Randy Botting and fiancee Sondra Viger, all of Glenburn, and son, Patrick Oliver and his wife Florence of Columbia Falls; his brother, Arthur Phillips and his wife Rita of Old Town; seven grandchildren, Adam Quinn, Jennifer Hallett and her husband John, Jade Botting, Skye Botting, Jared Botting, James Oliver and Jamie Oliver; three great-grandchildren, Daisy Quinn, Jordan Quinn and John Hallett Jr.; special cousins, Jane Shanoian and her husband George of New Jersey and Leroy 'Red' Lenfest of Georgia; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Phillips and Dianne Martin; nephews, Arthur and James Phillips, niece Anna Street and her husband Clarence; and special friends, Robert Spencer and Victor Neal. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Marie; and brother Stanley. Ernie leaves behind many friends, 'Partners in Crime' who meant the world to him.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, conducted by the Portland Elks Lodge #188 and the Rev. Richard Reynolds. Relatives and friends are welcome to call from 12 p.m. until time of service Tuesday. Interment will be at the Lakeview Cemetery, Glenburn at a later date. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., immediately following the service Tuesday. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com