Philip Dexter Tyrrell passed away January 10th, 2017 at his home in Alachua, Fl. surrounded by his family. He was 75. Born in Boston, MA. and grew up in Charlestown, MA., summered in Ipswich, MA. He played sports for Charlestown High School, excelling in Track and Basketball, where he received multiple athletic awards, a scholarship to Northeastern University. After a motorcycle accident, he was unable to compete as an amputee. This did not slow him down. Phil was an avid sportsman enjoying water and snow skiing, horseback riding and his first love, Boating. He served as Commodore of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club where he was instrumental in having the property purchased by the IBYC prevented it from being developed. A member of the Commodores Club of America. He was an active member of the New England Handicapped Sportsman Association as a water and snow skiing instructor. He was a successful salesman, Shop Steward for the Distillery and Rectifiers Union Local 8, until retirement from United Liquors, LTD. Where he received many awards. His accomplishments were numerous and he has both changed and saved lives.
After his retirement, he and his wife, moved from E. Kingston, NH to Orange, Virginia and then to Florida to be near family. He was preceded in death by his parents James J. & Pauline A. Fitzgerald Tyrrell. Phil is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet Publicover Tyrrell, his two daughters Pamela L. Sharman of Vero Beach, FL and Christine M. Link, Gainesville, FL, his two grandchildren Cassandra B. Cameron and Brent Philip Sharman.
Phil’s Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Milam Funeral Home Chapel in Gainesville. Come celebrate Phil’s life with us. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to “Dogs for Life”, www.dogsforlifevb.org, or Lewy Body Dementia, www.lewybodydementia.orgor Haven Hospice, Home Team, Gainesville, FL, www.havenhospice.org.