Philip Price Todd
March 29, 1977 – May 1, 2019
Philip Price Todd, age 42 passed away suddenly on May 1, 2019 in Ontario, Canada. Memorial Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10am – 12pm at Hill Funeral Home – 11723 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, Michigan. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 12pm. Philip was born in Sedro Woolley, WA, on March 29th, 1977 to Paula and William Todd of Ferndale, Washington. He began his childhood education in Elsah, Illinois attending Principia Lower School in St Louis, MO. Followed by public schooling in Williamsburg, Virginia, and then a year in Connecticut at Daycroft School. Philip graduated from Byron High School in 1995. Among other athletic awards during his school years, he won a “Hustle Award” for his contributions as a member of the football team, the Byron Eagles. During the summers of 93' and ‘94, Philip was a camp counselor at Crystal Lake Camps, in Pennsylvania, where he was a mentor for young campers. Philip earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2010, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan in 2000. He valued the life-long friendships made while there and as an alumnus of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Philip’s family honors him as one of the hardest working people they have ever known. His many successes can be attributed to his creativity, energy, industriousness and persistence. After graduating college he spent a winter on a fishing boat in Alaska, hauling in fish in the Behring Sea. Over the next 20 years he held various positions in the engineering field for various automotive engineering companies in Oakland County, such as; Senior Development Engineer at TRW Automotive, Program Engineer at Tenneco, Senior Engineer at both Bosch and Brembo, most recently working for Pierburg US, LLC, where he was responsible for refining the design of exhaust systems. In this line of work, Phil had so many wonderful opportunities to travel internationally which he highly appreciated. For relaxation, Philip fished (catch and release). For fun, he skateboarded. But most loved of all was his hobby as an entrepreneur. Always on the lookout for a good deal, he spent the last 10 years building a bustling, impressive, and successful eBay business. His family caught his contagious excitement while attending auctions with him or receiving sales reports and seeing images of new purchases he expected to re-sell. Philip recently kicked the business into overdrive, in joyful anticipation of a newborn son arriving later this year. As a dog-lover Philip not only doted on his two wonderful dogs, Bonita (Bonie) and Fonzy, but any pets in his extended family. Friends and family had fun with Philip's sensational sense of humor. He would often catch people off-guard with his comedic timing and one-liners, with a delivery so absolutely perfect that those around him couldn’t help but break into laughter. Philip loved the holidays. Christmas being the favorite. He would decorate every room in his house and go completely overboard with presents for his loved ones, especially his mother. His thoughtful gifts on birthdays and other holidays were a true testament to his generous and unselfish nature. As much as holidays, Phil loved family events joining them whenever and wherever he could. Philip was a very active member of Kensington Community Church in Birmingham, Michigan. He often volunteered at this church and church events, arriving early and leaving late, each Sunday, in order to help with set-up and break-down and actively contributed to his churches charities. Philip grew a fantastic beard which he recently shaved, an action which unbeknownst to him, broke his brother’s heart. Survived by his mother Paula Todd (Boston, MA), father William Price Todd (Kathy), (Bay Center, WA) brother Kelsey Todd (Vanessa) (St Louis); Step-sister, Mickey West (Mark) (Seattle, WA); his Aunts and Uncles, Jody Wilkinson, Richard (Scott ) Zolinski (Valerie), Robert (Chip) Zolinski, Jr. (Lisa), and James Zolinski (Laurie). And first cousins Karleigh Zolinski, Rebeca Schendel (Michael), Sophie Zolinski, Trisha Lord (Michael), Alicia Zolinski, Wendy Zolinski, and Eric Zolinski. From the Todd side of the family are Larry Todd (deceased), Tracey Todd Kleinhans (John), Rosemary Todd Freeman (Brad), Julia Todd Fox (Stuart), and and first cousins Chris and David Todd, Katie and Todd Kleinhans, Tammy and Cary Cruea and Kit and Robin Fox. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in honor of and for the care of Philip’s soon to be born son.
- Memorial Visitation Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, May 11, 2019
Philip Price Todd
May 11, 2019
We are sending our deepest condolences. We are sorry we couldn’t be there today to celebrate Philip’s life. Please know that we love you all very much!
Eric and Taylor Whelton
May 10, 2019
I too met Phil freshmen year of college as we bonded into a tight group of friends in the dorms and then transformed this friendship into a brotherhood in the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Throughout college Phil was always up for any type of extra-curricular activity on the weekends, so we made many trips “up north” to go duck hunting, skiing, fishing, or just hanging out at the Au Gres cabin for “Mario Kart” and some beers. Phil was always a good time to be around. His witty sense of humor, pranks, and other antics kept us laughing into the wee hours of the morning. Whether it was riding in the trunk of a car through Sault Ste Marie, or getting lost canoeing down the Ausable, there was always a good story to tell when our group was together. I miss Phil and those memories we all made together. Until we meet again, rest in peace PPT, you are a legend and will always live on in our hearts.
May 10, 2019
I met Phil freshman year of college. One of only a few skaters at GMI/Kettering, we quickly had a tight bond. If there was a skate session, Phil was there. If we needed to study, Phil was there. If there was a road trip up north or anywhere for that matter, Phil was there. Phil would always put down whatever he was doing to truly be there and be there with all of his heart. Phil, I will miss you brother and will cherish the times that we had. I wish you eternal happiness and may you rest in peace.
May 9, 2019
Phil you are unique and memorable to many. What I recall most is that you reached out to me one random day shortly after we graduated from college. You arranged an impromptu visit to Ohio for the weekend. Like yesterday I can remember that day we spent fishing together in the warm sun on a small boat, catching what seemed to be an endless number of large mouth bass and catching up and reminiscing of good times. As we both sipped on a few cold ones, I remember looking up at your mischievous smile as you said, “it just doesn’t get any better than this.” I will never forget that day my friend.
Rest In Peace PPT
May 9, 2019
My brother, PPT, was one of my favorite people. Always cracking jokes, welcoming to all, serious when necessary, and was a true friend. We had lost touch after college and got back together maybe 1.5 yrs ago. Out of nowhere, he appeared in my dream. So I reached out and we met up for dinner after work one random day and spent several hours getting caught up. Everything had changed since we last saw each other but yet remained the same. It was as if time hadn't passed. We were back to laughing and reminiscing instantly. A moment I'll forever cherish. Much love PPT, you will be missed but never forgotten.
May 8, 2019
I wish camera phones existed in college so I could sift through hundreds of photos of us hanging out on the half-pipe in Flint. You, Thong, Matt doing tricks while I sat watching in awe. When I close my eyes I can still feel your warmth beside me today. Miss you PPT. May you Rest In Peace.
May 8, 2019
Phil was just an awesome guy, and great friend. We had the best times in high school, and I will never forget all of the laughs we would have, after school. It was Jason G., Drew B., Tiffany V., and me just laughing. We even used one of my baby pics in the yearbook as Phil:) It really made some of those tough times bearable. You were just a great soul, and I am grateful to have known you.
Rest in Peace, Phil.
May 8, 2019
Phill Todd the man with two first names.
Phill ran track with me and Jeremy Hall. There were many times we would work harder at hiding than actually running. We also came up with a game playing hacky sack trying to make it around the track without letting it hit the ground.
Phill was one that always had a smile on his face and helped me out with many high school problems. Thank you Phill for all you did for me in high school. You will be missed sir
May 7, 2019
Phil was one of my favorite people in college. He was always smiling, and had a great outlook on life. I could always count on him for a kind word or a helping hand without judgment. His calm, happy demeanor was contagious. I miss you, Phil!