Obituaries

Philip E. Deery – 3/26/2022

March 30th, 2022

Philip E. Deery, 61, of Wilmington DE passed away on Saturday, March 26th in his home.  Phil finished his last 2 years of high school at the age of 16.  He then went on to attend the University of Delaware where he majored in engineering.  After deciding that college was not for him, he joined his father, uncles and brothers at the B & O railroad, which later became the Chessie System and finally CSX.  Phil was a trainman for many years until his health led him to an early retirement.  Phil was a big man, figurative and literally.  His heart was huge and his stature was tall.  He was incredibly generous, especially with his nieces and nephews, and his late grandson, John.  The gifts he shared were second only to the many fun times he spent with them.

Phil’s amazing intelligence and quick sense of humor made every conversation memorable. A quote from him would be remembered a day, week, or month later which would bring laughter over and over.  Phil enjoyed his time spent in his backyard pool.  He was also a daily reader of the Delaware News Journal, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.  He also liked to do the puzzles in all three papers.

My loving husband Phil, you know how much I loved you and you will be devastatingly missed by me for the rest of my days.  Rest in peace with our son, John.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert L. and Bettina C. Deery, Sr.; brother, Robert L. Deery, Jr.; step-daughters, Christine and Rosalia; beloved grandson, John who he and Maryann raised as their son.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Ann Deery; step-daughter, Mary Ann; grandson, Frankie; siblings, Steve (Peggy), William (Diane); his twin, Lawrence Deery, Tina (Bill) Focht and Teresa (Andy) Miller; step-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 4pm at the Joseph A. Ward Funeral Home 1459 Market St. Linwood, PA.   Friends and family are invited for visitation from 3-4pm.  Burial will be private.

4 thoughts on “Philip E. Deery – 3/26/2022

  • By william k. stone on

    Dear Mrs. Deery, It was so good to be with you all Saturday at the tribute of life for Phil. I am so sorry for your loss. I was able to speak at the event and give testimony of how I knew Phil & (The Deery clan).
    I pray that God will truly bless you and help you get through this grief in the coming weeks (or Months).May God hold you up at this time.

    In Christ — W.K.(Bill) (or Stoney) Stone

  • By Gaysala Golden on

    I am so very sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. I was also a classmate of his at Richardson Park for 9 years. I will always remember him as Carrie stated; smart, funny and sweet. And, he definitely kept the teachers and staff on their toes!
    My thoughts are with all of his family and friends, especially Larry.

  • By Carrie (DiCriscia) Donohue on

    So very sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. We were classmates in Richardson Park School for 9 years. He was a smart, funny, & sweet young man. He & Larry kept us entertained & they kept the teachers on their toes! My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  • By Debbie M on

    Dear Mary Ann & family, I am so very sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Phil. I know he was loved so very much. Phil was someone you could & would never forget. His wisdom, wit, humor, & laughter would fill a room. He was always so kind to me & I appreciated & loved the hams he would send at holidays. I know Mary Ann his absence will be felt greatly by you but I hope the love & support of your God, family & friends will bring some comfort & peace to you at this difficult time.

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