Philip “Phil” Edward Rose, of Wilmington, died peacefully after a long battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was 85.
Phil was born in Brooklyn, New York in August of 1929 and was the youngest son of the late Philip Rose and Loretta McDonald.
He played minor league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates and also served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He then served 23 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD), retiring as a detective. Phil then worked for Citibank for 10 years as an investigator.
In 1995, Phil and his wife Ann moved to Wilmington where he started the Wilmington Senior Softball Association and was actively involved until his death. He was also the past president of the 10-13 Association for retired NYPD police officers.
Phil is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ann; children, Michael (Nancy), Eileen Norton (Michael), John (Lynn), Stephen (Pam), Geraldine Stevens (Michael) and Maureen Schmitz (David); 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his brother, George and sister-in-law, Irene, of Wilmington.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Wilmington Funeral Chapel, 1535 South 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403.
A Mass of the resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at St. Marks Roman Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC 28403, where Phil was a faithful parishioner.
Donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or the Wilmington Senior Softball Association
Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation.
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