David William Phillips, age 59, passed away on Tuesday December 4, 2018. David grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, where he had an idyllic childhood, creating adventures with his friends from morning until dark. He graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1977, sang in the school choir, played ice hockey on the varsity team, and played bass guitar in a rock band with his friends. David later graduated from Kent State University, and worked in the Cleveland area in recreation management. He later moved to the Denver, Colorado area where he worked for ten years in transportation for the Cherry Creek Schools. In 2014, David moved to the Nashville, Tennessee area to be closer to his mother and sister, and most recently worked for Anchor Transportation.
Dave had a keen wit and an incredible sense of humor. He was a history buff, loved old cars, had a beautiful singing voice, and loved to write poetry and short stories. Throughout his adult life, David rescued dogs, specifically Australian Shepherds. Despite the rush of today’s world, Dave always found time to be a wonderful listener and took the time to be truly present, which was a gift to all who knew him.
David was predeceased by his father, William G. Phillips of Shaker Heights, OH. He is survived by his mother, Rosemary Phillips of Mt. Juliet, TN; sister, Catherine Brown (Douglas) of Mt. Juliet, TN; sister, Cindy Billings (Douglas) of Santa Barbara, CA; sister, Carrie (Roy Dimoff) of Miami, FL; brother, Donald of Aberdeen, Scotland; his nephews, Nathan Brown of San Mateo, CA; Jonathan Phillips and Benjamin Phillips of Aberdeen, Scotland; his nieces, Christine Brown of Columbus, OH, Felenka Phillips of Aberdeen, Scotland, Natalie Billings of Goleta, CA; and his special four-legged friend, Oscar (Brown) of Mt. Juliet, TN.
The family would like to sincerely thank Alive Hospice of Nashville for the wonderful care and comfort they provided to David and to his family during a very difficult time. Because David so loved helping rescue animals, in order to honor David’s memory, memorial contributions can be made to Safe Place for Animals, 905 Mallard Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066 (www.safeplaceforanimals.com), or to any charity of choice.
A memorial service for David will be held on January 20, 2019, at 3:00 P.M. at Carrick Glen Senior Living, 100 Carrick Ct., Mt. Juliet TN 37122. A graveside service will be take place on April 8th, 2019 at 1:00 P.M., at Lakeview Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. A celebration of life reception will follow the graveside service, on April 8th, at a location and time to be announced. Friends and family are cordially invited to attend all events to celebrate the life of Dave Phillips.