Phillip was born in Brooklyn New York, where he spent his early years.
In 1953 he joined the Navy and served aboard USS Skagit as a Machinist Mate in M Division.
He married Joann Pisculli in San Diego after meeting her at a Navy dance.
They had two sons, William and Anthony.
Phil left the Navy in 1957 having risen to the rate of Machinist Mate First Class.
After leaving the NAVY Phil went to work for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company and retired after 35 years of service. He then moved his family to Washington state, where He and Joann started a Doll Making Shop.
Phil was a lover of animals and the outdoors.