Online Obituary for Michael J. Phillips

Name: Michael J. Phillips
Date of Birth: Jun 15, 1945
Date Deceased: Feb 13, 2018
Hometown: Hornell
State N.Y.
Age: 72 Years
Service Date: Feb 17, 2018
Service Time: 2 p.m.
Services Location: St. Ann's Church, Hornell
Place of Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Fremont
Michael J. Phillips


Michael J. Phillips

HORNELL-Michael J. Phillips, 72, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2018) at his home on Maple St.

Born in Hornell on June 15, 1945, he was a son of the late George Phillips, Sr. and Bernadine (Green) Phillips. Besides his Mom and Dad, he was also predeceased by his brother, Thomas Phillips; and his three sisters, Ann Rohan, Mary Kelleher and Sara Wheeler.

A graduate of St. Ann’s School and Hornell High School, Mike received an associate’s degree from Alfred State College. In 1976 he became a resident of California and returned to Hornell about 10 years ago.

He was employed as a NASA Certified Aerospace Technician by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where his co-workers affectionately called him “Mikey.” He built prototypes designed by engineers such as the Galileo satellite which studied Jupiter and its moons; as well as the camera and parachute on the Rover mission.

Michael had many interest such as basketball, rollerblading, ice skating, ocean kayaking, bicycling, fishing, cooking, old TV shows/movies and his motorcycle. He was also a true audiophile with a passion for music.

He will be remembered for being a strong, modest, caring, humble and devoted brother and uncle, who had a spirit of giving. Throughout the years Mike sponsored children through the Inbound organization

Surviving are his two brothers, James (Nancy) Phillips and George Phillips, Jr.; his two sisters, Susan Anderson and Marjorie (Kirby) Noye; also, many cousins, nieces and nephews and their children.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Michael J. Phillips.

Calling hours are 12-2 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 17, 2018) in the Marian Chapel of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the sanctuary of the church at 2 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory to the Vincent House, 310 Second St., P.O. Box 566, Wayland, N.Y. 14572. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

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