John Phillips Cleland

December 20, 1956January 7, 2014

John Phillips Cleland Sr. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 7th in his home in Jacksonville, Florida. Phil was born to Dorothy Smith Coleman and Patrick Coleman in Duval County. After Patrick's death, Dorothy later remarried Captain John Belton Cleland of the United States Navy. Phil attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. Following college, Phil moved back to Jacksonville where he met Bette Parker Brown to whom he was married for over 30 years raising two wonderful boys in the Catholic faith. He served as an engineer with Keith and Schnars, P.A. for over 20 years as a key contributor to multiple projects involving the design and building of roads, bridges, and highways across the State of Florida. Notable projects Phil had worked on included the construction of the Dames Point Bridge as well as improvements and expansions on I-10, I-95, and I-295 within the Jacksonville area. In his personal life, Phil was an active volunteer for several organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Committee. Within the Boy Scouts, he served as the treasurer of Pack 304 for over 15 years, well after his sons had obtained the ranks of Eagle Scout. At Sacred Heart, Phil held an advisory position with the building committee playing a key role in overseeing the construction of several projects including the replacement of the main church building and parish hall. Phil is survived by his two sons John Phillips Cleland Jr. and Andrew Christopher Cleland. He dedicated his life to serving the community as well as raising his two sons, working to ensure they were instilled with a strong set of values, ethics and a continued commitment to their peers and community endeavors. The memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 11:00am on Wednesday ,January 15th located at 5737 Blanding Blvd in Jacksonville, Florida 32244. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made out to Boy Scout Troop 304 and sent directly to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Arrangements entrusted to Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 729 S. Edgewood Ave, Jacksonville.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Constance Frankenberg

January 18, 2014

I had the pleasure of getting to know Phil when we both attended Episcopal High School. It is with shock and sadness that I learn of his passing. He was a great young man back then and from what I read here it sounds like that never changed.As I picture him now his smile and sense of joy is what stands out. How lucky I am to have known him. My condolences to his family.

Kim Giles

January 17, 2014

Phil was definitely one of the good guys. Talented in his job, thoughtful to those around him and always willing to share what he had with others. It breaks my heart that his life was cut so short...he had so much more to give.
His heart was twice his size and he always saw the good in people. I pray that he is resting in peace now. He was a very dear colleague and friend.

Nancy Osborn

January 16, 2014

Phil's kindness and generosity during Bryan's terminal illness literally kept the family afloat. My respect and admiration for Phil is off the charts. He leaves a beautiful legacy of which his family can be proud. Prayers for your comfort and peace. In Christ we have hope.

Karen Kenerly

January 15, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. Phil was a very sweet man and I am glad to have known him. - Karen Kenerly

Tom McKeithen

January 15, 2014

We are so sorry about Phil's passing. He was a great guy and we are better for knowing him. God's peace and blessings to all the Cleland family. Tom and Paula.

Mitzi Hovancik

January 15, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
The Hovancik Family

Sandi Mynatt

January 15, 2014

He came, he cared, he helped. What better can any man do? I will miss him greatly.

Debra geisinger

January 15, 2014

You will be missed my prayers are with the family.

January 14, 2014

Sorry for your loss, Mr. Cleland was a wonderful man and a great role model to those that knew him. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless Hector, LIz and Joseph Santiago

JIm, Elizabeth & Eric Burke

January 14, 2014

YOu all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Mr. Cleland was such a wonderful role model to so many.