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It is with great sorrow that we announce that Philip (Phil) Beckert Worst, 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 21, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with heart disease.
Phil was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son of Marion and Raymond J. Worst. As a child of 12 years, he sustained a hip injury and was hospitalized for two years. His devoted parents moved to Virginia to be near family members who could help with Phil’s recovery.
He attended George Wythe Junior High School and went on to graduate from Hampton High School (HHS) class of 1952. While there he met the love of his life for 61 years, Laura Roane.
Phil is survived by his wife, Laura; son Tim and wife Patty; daughter Laurie Johansen and husband Chris; grandsons Philip Worst II, and Nick and Ryan Johansen.
Phil was a Mr. Fix-It kind of guy, always ready to help a relative, neighbor or friend. He loved cars, boats and wood working. He could restore classic cars, boats, boat engines, car engines, bought or built by him. He worked with his dad at the old Chamberlin Hotel replacing all the locks on every guest room door and cutting the keys to fit.
Upon graduation from HHS, he joined Noland Company as a salesman, and was promoted to the position of director of the electrical and industrial purchasing divisions. He achieved many awards during his 45-year career. Phil enjoyed his retirement and he and Laura traveled many places in their RV.
Phil volunteered for many causes such as Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts, his church, and he was a 50 year plus member of the Yorktown Masonic lodge 205.
A huge hug and thanks to all family members, especially nieces and nephews for loving our unique Phil. thanks to friends who cared for and loved Phil too, especially Peaches Kavanaugh. Many, many hugs and thanks to Tammie Shick and home helpers of York County for the love and support given to us.
A celebration of Phil’s life will be held at a date to be announced, after the holidays, at the Hampton Yacht Club.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Yorktown Masonic Lodge 205.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Amory Funeral Home.
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