Second Victim In I-75 Accident Laid To Rest
Published May 9th, 2014
OCALA - Family and friends call him a selfless man who put others before himself. Friday a second victim in last weekend's tragic I-75 crash was laid to rest. Family and friends say he died doing what he loved to do most, help others.
"It's a difficult time but for George it isn't, if we have tears to shed... It's not for him. He was never better off in his 55 years then he is today," Patrick J. Sheedy the pastor at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church said.
A guitar and fishing pole stood in the middle of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church. Family members say those are the two things that could best describe 55-year-old George Phillips, as he was an avid fisherman and music lover. However one trait they couldn't measure with an object is the love he had for his family.
Phillips’ sister said, When I was a little girl I could remember, idolizing him… as my protector, as my big brother, my hero. I have so many memories of him as I was growing up. And he never ever failed me, when I needed him."
Those who worked with him joked about his energy and competitiveness, usually on the field when they played ultimate Frisbee as a hobby. Jeff one of his co-workers said, "But that's the way George approached life, with arms wide open, eyes wide open and his heart wide open. Even on the Frisbee field. That's the way he approached his family, his job and everybody else."
Phillips' life came to an end Saturday afternoon. He and his wife had driven to the scene of a single car crash on i-75 in Marion County, to help their daughter, Chelsea and a friend. Phillips advised his wife and Chelsea to leave the scene because it was too dangerous and they did. He on the other hand, decided to stay with Chelsea's friend-- the driver of the car. Due to another accident that happened nearby, that night three lives were lost.
One of Phillips’ close friends said, "George was like a brother to me. We connected in a way that was amazing and can be described in a way… that if I was in a battle and we were in combat, if I look to my right, I would want to have George Robert Phillips there. Cause I would know that side would be covered."
Friends say Phillips will continue to lend a hand-- But from heaven.
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