Livonia: Gordon Boothe Phillips, 78, on February 16, 2014 after a short illness, surrounded by his family. Predeceased by son, Marcus Ashley Phillips, sister, Edith Schmitt, and brother Lewis Phillips. He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Linda, who he called Will; sons Lee (Wendy) Phillips, Christopher (Victoria) Phillips, and Stacy (Ellie) Phillips. He will be remembered always by grandchildren, Tonya (Jeff) Palumbo, Mason (Allison), Blake, Blair, Holly (Aaron) Hernandez, Lauren, Katrina, and Jenna and his other grandchildren Suzi, Chrissie (Jeremiah), JP (Elena), and Nicole. Many great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Daphne Giampietro, and brother, Dudley Phillips. Brother-in-law, Charles (Sharon) Mason, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Gordon was, in his younger years, a photographer, chemist, science teacher, and guidance counselor, but he found his true calling at about age 50 as a Paramedic. He is well known and respected in the Greater Rochester ambulance community for his skills, his humor, and his loving patient care. Gordon Phillips ambulance stories abound.
Family and friends remember him as unique and colorful and often outrageous. He made us laugh every day. He was sought out by many as a counselor, always ready to listen to problems and troubles, helping each find his or her own best pathway.
Still sharing of himself in death, according to his wishes, his body has been gifted to the Anatomical Gift Program at the University of Rochester Medical School.
Friends may call on Thursday, February 20, from 4-7 PM at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, 21 Big Tree St, Routes 15 & 20A, Livonia, NY 14487, where a celebration of Gordon’s life will be held Friday at 11 AM. A luncheon reception will immediately following at JJ Leisures, 6001 Big Tree Rd., Lakeville, NY 14480. Donations in Gord’s honor may be made to Livonia Ambulance, PO Box 8, Livonia, NY 14487 or to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org). To send a condolence please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com