BLUE HILL – Philip Harry Rackliffe, 93, died April 8, 2013, in Blue Hill. He was born March 9, 1920, in Rockland, the son of Charles and Hazel (Melzar) Rackliffe.
Philip moved to Blue Hill when he was four years old and was raised in East Blue Hill. At age 13, he moved to Newton, Mass., and graduated from Newton High School in 1938. He entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Upon discharge he returned to Blue Hill and married his lifelong partner, Phyllis, Sept. 9, 1945. In 1946 they both started working at Rowantrees Pottery. In 1968 they opened Rackliffe Pottery where the family worked together. Philip was still very active in the business and was making mugs just last week. He was active in Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club, was a town constable and past president of the Blue Hill Fair. Philip served as master of Ira Berry No. 187 and as district deputy grand master of the 4th Masonic District. He was a member of Scottish Rites and York Rite Bodies, member of Irene Chapter Eastern Star, Ellsworth, and member of American Legion.
He is survived by sons, David Rackliffe and wife, Joan and Dennis Rackliffe and wife, Margaret, all of Blue Hill; daughter, Sheryl Whitmore and husband, Jonathan, of Auburn; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Phyllis, in 2010; and siblings, Paul, Charles, Russell and Ruth.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill, with the Rev. Rob McCall officiating. Contributions in Philip’s memory may be made to Ira Berry Lodge Masonic Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1210, Blue Hill, ME 04614. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.