GLENBURN – Ernest “Ernie” A. Phillips, 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior March 27, 2013. He was born 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 OTHS junior and senior classes he worked the night shift at Penobscot Chemical Fiber Co. Upon graduation from OTHS 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 Bangor and Aroostook Railroad as a trainman. In July 1962, he was employed by Maine Central Railroad as a trainman then a conductor. Ernie also drove trucks as a member of Local No. 340, for a number of companies including Coles, Sanborn’s and St. Johnsbury. In 1980 Ernie was elected as general chairman for 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 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 Portland Elks Lodge No. 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 No. 24, Rumford. Ernie was a longtime member of the 470 Railroad Club and MRG/Downeast Rail, a member of the Maine Forest & Logging Museum at Leonard’s Mill and also served as president of 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; daughter, Dawn Hafford and husband, Bobby; son, Michael Botting and fiancée, Fran Murray; stepson, Randy Botting and fiancée, Sondra Viger, all of Glenburn; 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; special friends, Robert Spencer and Victor Neal. Ernie leaves behind many friends, “partners in crime” who meant the world to him. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Marie; and brother, Stanley.
A funeral service will be held 1p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, conducted by the Portland Elks Lodge No. 188 and the Rev. Richard Reynolds. Relatives and friends are welcome to call noon until the time of service Tuesday. Interment will be at 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 after the service Tuesday. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.