Charles C. Phillips, 73, of Princeton Junction, NJ, died at home on Wednesday, January 22nd, after a long struggle with cancer.
Charles, born to Charles C. Phillips, III and Margaret Rogers, grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and received a BA in History at LSU (geaux Tigers!). He began his career in IT in New York, where he met his first wife and welcomed his son, Andrew. After moving to Houston, Charles met his second wife, Sarah "Sally" Ross, and they married on June 14th, 1980. His two daughters Claire and Grace were born in Houston, and the family settled in New Jersey in 1990.
Growing up in Lousiana, Charles developed a love for music early on. Although he was a musical soul, Charles was trapped in a body that couldn't carry a tune. His loved ones hope he'll be able to register a complaint about that in the next life.
Charles was a gentle light in his community: a stalwart member of the Princeton United Methodist Church, a curious and thoughtful organizer of the Men's Breakfast speaker series, a committed supporter for the United Front Against Riverblindness, the webmaster for the Friends of the West Windsor Library, and a regular presence at (and host of) neighborhood get-togethers. An avid reader, Charles devoured all kinds of fiction, as well as books on philosophy, ethics, religion, and history, and strove to keep learning and growing until his final day. His generosity of spirit, patient heart, and commitment to social justice and uplifting others will be sorely missed.
Until his recent retirement, Charles worked at Isles, Inc., where it brought him immense joy to put his IT skills towards a meaningful mission.
Charles is predeceased by his wife, Sally Ross. He is survived by his son Andrew, of Berlin, Germany; his daughter Claire, of Denver, Colorado; and his daughter Grace, of Alexandria, Virginia.
Visitation: 2pm on Sunday, January 26th at the Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. Funeral service: 3pm on Sunday, January 26th at the church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the United Front Against Riverblindness. Arrangements are under the direction of Mather Hodge Funeral Home.