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Philip W. Vance Sr, 61
CUMBERLAND -Philip W. Vance, Sr., 61, of Cumberland, passed away on Jan. 2, 2011, at his residence from complications of diabetes.
Phil was born in Portland on Jan.24, 1949, the son of Norman J. and Bernice (Cook) Vance.
Phil graduated from South Portland High School in 1967 as a three sport letterman and class president. He was offered acceptance to Princeton University but declined to play football with his brother Jay at the University of Maine at Orono. Phil was a proud member of Phi Eta Kappa Fraternity and received a Bachelor's in Mathematics. He joined Headquarters Company of the 133rd Engineer Battalion of the Maine Army National Guard where he qualified for the highly sought-after job of soil analyst. On Sept. 4, 1971 he married his wife of 39 years, Dartha M. Nixon, and they moved to Minnesota and he began a job under Ross Perot as a systems engineer with Electronic Data Systems. Even after initial success, Phil missed Maine and his family and returned in 1974 where he became a successful salesman for Bristol Meyers. His independent nature led him to private business where he became president and owner of ContinueMed home health care equipment in
Philip W. Vance, Sr
1984 and continued until he retired in 2004. He spent much of his retirement doing what he loved most, which was boating with his buddies out of Dolphin Marina in Harpswell. He became the proud grandfather of Colson Vance on Oct. 12, 2009 and was happily anticipating the arrival of his granddaughter in March.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Dartha (Nixon) Vance; son, Philip W. Vance, Jr. and his wife, Nikki Tran and their son, Colson V. Vance of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Melissa Vance and her boyfriend, Oriol Roca of Barcelona, Spain; three brothers, Jay and his wife, Martha of South Portland, Steve and his wife, Gloria of Harpswell and David and his wife, Nancy of Cary, N.C.; sister-in-law, Laurence Nixon of Auburn; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be 4-6 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to:
P.O. Box 11454
Alexandria VA 22312
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 3, 2011
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"To Dartha and Family and all the Brothers. I just was told that Phil had passed away. I don't get much..."
- Linda (Shaw) Townsend
"dartha, jay, steve, dave and family,- i was fortunate to have known phil since childhood as a classmate,..."
- edward e "skip" libby jr
"My thoughts are with the entire Vance Family. I was fortunate to get to know Phil in my 2 years at..."
- Moira (Mo) O'Regan
"Dear Dartha, Liz told me tonight of your husband's passing. I wnated you to know that you and your..."
"My thoughts are with you all. Obviously, the sweet, thoughtful young man I was fortunate to know in my..."
- Moira (Mo) O'Regan
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