Remembering Our Friend
E. Philip Easterly

Born May 30, 1939, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Eugene Philip Easterly moved to Manhasset, New York as a youngster.  After graduation from Manhasset High School, he went on to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  There he met his future wife in a registration line.  They were married following graduation in 1961.


Phil’s first job was with Union Carbide in New York City.  Upon a transfer, he and his wife settled in Medford, New Jersey, where they raised three sons in the Oakwood Lakes section.  Eventually Phil went to work with Graco Inc. as a trouble shooter/market developer for industrial pumps.  He was often on the road and was able to see much of the country during those years.


Deciding to forge ahead in a new field, he became co-owner/operator of a car wash near the Marlton Circle.  He and his wife also became owners of the Lumberton Inn Apartments on Main Street in Lumberton.  They spent many hours refurbishing the historic units.


Upon retirement, Phil took up restoring vintage cars, learned downhill skiing and continued his passion for golf.  He was deeply involved with many area volunteer efforts including Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, where he was chair of the Building Committee for a major building addition, served on Church Council as well as the Property Committee and was a Stephen Minister for many years.  He was also active in Homes of Hope, rehabilitating homes for those in need.  As a member of the HOMERS, a local charitable mens group, he donated his talents to projects at Cedar Run Wildlife Preserve, Kettle Run Girl Scout Camp, and the Medford one-room schoolhouse.


Phil will be remembered as an outgoing person with a dry sense of humor, and more importantly, as a willing volunteer with a hand always extended to those in need.  Predeceased by his brother Donald, survivors include his wife Nancy, sons Douglas of Cherry Hill, Bruce (PJ) of Medford, Daniel of Petersburg, and grandchildren Eric and Lauren of Petersburg, all in New Jersey.


In accordance with his wishes, Phil's body was donated to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for medical research.

From the Honorable Mentions column in Woodford's Wildlife's newsletter.

LAKE PINE:                                                                                                                          March 19, 2013
Thirteen HOMERs gathered this evening for a Night to Remember Phil, and to thank him for
the memories.  We met at President  Bob's home, and unlike other HOMER Nights, we stayed
in and ate pizza and drank wine. In fact we drank Phil's wine; his last six bottles of Chardonay.

... never forgotten.

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