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Green Funeral Home

57 Main St, Danbury, CT

OBITUARY

Phillip J. Kelsey

August 12, 1940August 7, 2019
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Phillip John Kelsey, 78, of Lancaster, SC and Danbury, CT, died on August 7, 2019. Born August 12, 1940 to Royal Winston Kelsey and Alice Roberts Kelsey in San Jose, CA, he was a graduate of San Jose State University.

Phil served in The Vietnam War with the 1st Cavalry Division in the US Army in 1966-67. He received medals including The Bronze Star.

Phil is survived by his wife of 26 years, Susan Dumville Kelsey. He is also survived by his daughter Jeanne Kelsey Fritchley (her husband Brian Fritchley and son Jake Fritchley), his daughter Kimberly Kelsey (her daughter Harlow Kelsey), his previous wife Dolores Marcotte Kelsey, his step-son Sander Romanski, and his sister Patricia Kelsey Parker and brother Royal W.Kelsey Jr.

Phil had a lifelong love of flying as a private pilot, instructor and air charter pilot. In 1988 Phil cofounded Reliant Air Charter, with his partner Wayne Toher, after a career with The Kendall Company and Colgate-Palmolive. He had almost 20,000 flight hours and the FAA awarded him the Master Pilot designation in 2015.

Phil was an avid skier, scuba diver, fisherman and loved target shooting on his farm in SC. He was unflappable under duress.

He was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather.

A celebration of life will be held at Green Funeral Home in Danbury, CT on August 11th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Interment at a Veterans National Cemetery will occur at a later date.

Donations may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation (tunnel2towers.org) or Samaritan’s Purse (samaritanspurse.org) in his memory.

  • FAMILY

  • Phil is survived by his wife of 26 years, Susan Dumville Kelsey. He is also survived by his daughter Jeanne Kelsey Fritchley (her husband Brian Fritchley and son Jake Fritchley), his daughter Kimberly Kelsey (her daughter Harlow Kelsey), his previous wife Dolores Marcotte Kelsey, his step-son Sander Romanski, and his sister Patricia Kelsey Parker and brother Royal W.Kelsey Jr.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Sunday, August 11, 2019

Memories

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Angie Kane

August 12, 2019

Angie Kane

August 12, 2019

Phil was a great boss and a true friend to all of us who worked for him at Reliant. We will miss him!

Kim Kelsey

August 10, 2019

Mike & Dobbie Clayton

August 9, 2019

We are heartbroken to hear this sad news. Our fond memories of Phil go back to Wyndham Connecticut with the Kendall company. He was the Plant Manager. We were there for only 2 years but managed to come away with lifelong pleasant memories of the Kelseys, Howe’s, and Claytons and our ski trips to the mountains of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Phil and our our son Todd had a special bond due to their interest in flying and he also gave Todd his old binoculars that were issued when in Vietnam which we still have and treasure.
Phil came by Seneca many years ago to see us and I was brave enough to get into his plane for him to show us our house by air. Will never forget the “Wing Tip” as we watched him leave us at the airport. Sweet memories.

Bob Marcotte

August 9, 2019

I was saddened to hear the news. Always pleasant, quick to smile, full of purpose, full of life. He was always helpful, and I was immensely impressed with his intellect and range of skills. Everything I ever saw him do, he did well. Cannot help but be impressed with all he accomplished in his life. He will be greatly missed by so many that were fortunate to have have known him.

Marilyn Pearson

August 9, 2019

My condolences to Phil's family and friends. I enjoyed both a professional and personal relationship with Phil, our flight checks were more fun than work as Phil's love of flying shone through. His contributions to aviation will be missed.

Sander Romanski

August 9, 2019

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Jim Stahl

August 8, 2019

Our sincerest of sympathy to Susan, Jeanne, Kim, Brian, and families on Phil’s passing. We have nothing but the very fondest of memories of the time working with him on some of the land development projects at the farm in South Carolina. Those times will be cherished forever. He was truly an extremely kind, and enjoyable man to be around. A really professional, friendly, gentleman for sure. Our hearts ache for all of you. May he forever Rest In Peace. 🙏🏼

Sherry, Stephanie, Cathy, and Jim Stahl

Linda Christine

August 8, 2019

My deepest sympathy !!!!
I will miss Phil calling work, he would tell me what state and city or country he was in at the time or what project he was involved in at the farm before I would get him to Jeanne. My tears fell for you Jeanne and Kim and Delores and your families. My Prayers are with you all.

Linda & Bobby Auty

Michelle Holst

August 8, 2019

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