Philip's Story

CARIBOU - Philip W. Tomlinson, 94, passed away February 10, 2016, peacefully at a Caribou hospital with his family. He was born in Caribou on May 4, 1921, the son of Wallace and Jane Tomlinson.

Phil served for thirty years in the United States Navy, including active duty in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was proud to be an original crew member and the last survivor of the USS Essex. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer, and was also a Northern Maine Guide.

Phil is survived by his wife of 74 years, Dorothy (Holmquist) Tomlinson of Caribou; his sons, David and his wife, Theresa, of Elliot and Robert of Madawaska Lake; and his daughters, Phyllis Robbins and her husband, Elwood, of Holly Hill, FL, and Susan Pellizzer and her husband, Jerry, of Redwood City, CA. He will also be missed by 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Phil was predeceased by his brothers, Roland and Sterling.

Friends and family may call from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016, at Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover Street, Caribou, where a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. with the Rev. T. Dan Clayborne officiating. Donations in Phil's memory may be made to the New Sweden Covenant Church, 40 Westmanland Road, New Sweden, ME 04762. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.lancastermorgan.com.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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