We have been close neighbors since 1974. Philip and Terrence would carpool to work for Lumus Company for a few years. Whenever he and Jane visited us, they always went home before 8:00pm as Philip had to work the next morning. We admired his dedication and thought he really respected his work.
One time Philip gave us U.S. Open tickets and insisted on buying lunch for all of us (three ladies) although it should have been my turn to treat.
Philip and Jane would always welcome our visit and we would have very good time together. Philip enjoyed sharing with us the beer or whisky he had bought from one of our cruise trips to Belfast.
One time, we complimented his good life with all his children grown up and well established. He smiled and replied, "the sunset is infinitely good; but just near dusk." We were suprised by his reply-- at the time, he was in his late 70s.
We have traveled together with Philip and Jane since year 2001. This included four land tours and eight cruises. Both Philip and Jane were always full of energy and often walked ahead of us. On the cruise ship, the waiter often gave Philip a nicer piece of steak or fish as he seemed like such a nice-looking friendly man (some people thought he looked like former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui).
During our summer visit, he had talked happily about having a barbeque in his nice apart- ment complex for our next visit. We were really looking forward to that time. Even two weeks before he passed away, he talked about President Carter's brain cancer in detail and described the type of cancer and the treatments ; we felt that his brain was very sharp and clear --even better than younger healthy people.
Philip has always been a real gentleman and a person you can rely on. He is someone whose company you always enjoy. We have a lot of good memories with him. We really treasure the time we were together.