Robert Edward Phillips


Robert Edward Phillips was born on Jan. 24,1933, in Oak Bluffs and died on Nov. 1, 2015, at the age of 82. He lived his entire life in Oak Bluffs. He was married for 62 years to Pauline Crankshaw Phillips. They met on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Robert attended school in Oak Bluffs and graduated from Dean Academy in 1950 and Bryant University in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean War.

Robert played golf at the Island Country Club and Farm Neck. He loved playing golf with the “noonies” at Farm Neck. He won many trophies, and was especially proud of the one he won with his son, Ken. Robert enjoyed being a Boy Scout leader. He was on the Board of Registers in Oak Bluffs, and on the committee when the Oak Bluffs Town Hall was built (where the Police Department is located now).

Robert was the previous owner of Phillips Hardware. He started working for his father, John, when he was 12 years old, and now his daughters, Donna and Susan, own the hardware store.

Robert leaves his wife Pauline; three children, Donna Leon and her husband Jaime, Susan Phillips and her husband James Cage, and Kenneth Phillips and his wife Michelle. He also has three grandchildren, Michelle Lynch and her husband Terry, Christopher Leon, and Colby Phillips, and two great-grandchildren, Mateo and Daniela Lynch. His grandson Christopher is the fourth generation born on the Vineyard. He also leaves three step-grandchildren, Richard Cage, John David Cage and his wife Johanna, and Heather Hughes and her husband Ed. Step-great-grandchildren include Jeremy Cage, Erin Cage, Alex Cage, lan Cage, Evelyn Cage, Emily Hughes, and Kaitlyn Hughes.

A Celebration of Life service will take place on Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 27 at Trinity Worship Center of United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard, located in the Campgrounds at 11 am, followed by burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Pacific Avenue, Oak Bluffs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to a charity of your choice or the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.