February 14, 1933 – May 13, 2019
Philip “Phil” Joseph Calland, 86, of Framingham, MA and Naples, Fl passed away peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2019 at his home in MA. Phil was born on February 14, 1933, in Brockton, MA, to Wilfred and Francis (Hatch) Calland. After a childhood spent caring for animals on a nearby farm and admiring from afar the girl that would someday become his wife, Phil proudly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1950. He served for four years during the Korean War, before being honorably discharged in 1954. During his time in the service, he married his childhood love, Geraldine “Geri” (Kingston) Calland and together they started a family. After being discharged from the service, Phil joined New England Telephone (now Verizon) as an Equipment Installation technician in Massachusetts, where he quickly became a Rated Equipment Testman. He was promoted in 1966 into Engineering and, after working in a variety of engineering roles, he retired in 1991 as a Marketing Engineer manager. Phil was an avid reader, a crossword hobbyist, a bird watcher, and loved working with his hands on all types of home projects for himself (i.e., his wife), his family members, and his friends. He enjoyed golfing (despite a lack of talent for it), playing cribbage, going out for breakfast on Fridays, and other social activities with his friends at their Countryside Community in Florida. Phil especially loved time with his family, all who were spoiled by his quiet and gentle affection. In addition to Geri, his sweetheart of almost 67 years, Phil leaves behind four children: James Calland and wife Cheryl Rice of Scituate, Lorna Deplitch and husband Michael Maloney of Framingham, Veronica and her husband Mark Hearon of Northbridge and Melissa Calland of Natick; his sister Susan “Susie” and husband Stanley Marks of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Known for his legendary piggyback rides, sparkling blue eyes, and an easy laugh that always fell somewhere between a chuckle and a giggle, Phil or “Papa” is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A Mass will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at St. George’s Church, 74 School St., Framingham at 10 am. Burial will follow at St. Stephen’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Phil’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org/) or the MetroWest Homecare and Hospice, Marlboro, Ma. (https://www.amedisys.com/).
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May 17, 2019
May 16, 2019
I have so many memories of my big brother. He was always my hero, protector, friend, and he and Geri rescued me many times. As a young newly married couple with a tiny baby boy, they rescued me from a tough situation, and moved me into their 4 room apartment. Never once in the months I stayed with them did they make me feel unwanted, or unloved, they made sure to let me know they even needed. Special thanks go Geri who loved me as did my brother.
I found a reflective saying that just describes my respect and admiration of Phil, and would like to share it.
You stood up tall to defend me
and walked with your head high to set a perfect example for me.
May 16, 2019
From the age of 3yrs I felt part of your family...the wonderful memories are to long to share...Phill you where a 2nd father to me ... my love for your family has made me who I am today... love to All your beautiful family ... as you smile down from heaven I know they will find comfort and peace 🙏🏻 Love you Geri , Lorna my dear Friend 😘, Jimmy, Veronica , Missy and all your families ♥️