A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, in Aptos for Anthony Ralph “Tony” Phillips, who died in Santa Cruz from complications of heart failure. He was 65.
Mr. Phillips was born in Hollywood and worked as a paperboy before moving to Santa Cruz County in 1960. He graduated from Watsonville High School, where he was MVP of the swim team, in 1966.
He began as a car detailer at Moriarty Chevrolet and was promoted to the parts department and eventually to the service department. He also worked at the Prolo Chevrolet dealership in Santa Cruz before beginning his insurance career with Allstate. He retired in 2001 after 29 years in the business.
Mr. Phillips was an avid car enthusiast. He was a member and officer of the Model A Club of America. He and his wife loved to spend time building and creating things together and taking long drives along the coast.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Christina “Chris” Phillips of the Scotts Valley area; son, Sean Phillips, and his wife, Lauri, and their three children, all of Oakhurst; daughter, Jeannette MacCracken, and her husband, Ron, and their son, all of Willow Glen; sister, Debra Sundberg of Washington state; and brother, Marshall Phillips of Santa Cruz.
A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive, in Aptos. Condolences, memories and photos can be shared online at www.scmemorial.com and www.remembertonyphillips.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Phillips’ name may be sent to HOPE+ Africa, c/o New Beginnings Church, P.O. Box 1982, Mariposa, CA 95338 or http://hopepositiveafrica.com/support/give.