OBITUARY

Philip James Dreger Jr.

March 29, 1933July 30, 2013
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PHILIP JAMES DREGER, JR, age 80, of Woodstock, GA passed away on July 30, 2013.

He was born on March 29, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA as the son on Philip James Dreger and Elizabeth Cannon Dreger. After serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Fremont during the Korean War from 1951-1956, Philip earned a degree from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Philip was married to Rachael Caroline Kennedy in 1954 and after 53 years of marriage, was preceded in death by her in 2007. The couple resided in Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Tokyo, and Foley, AL. He was also preceded by his sister Patricia Dreger Rossi in January 2013.

Philip was a dedicated employee of IBM for 31 years, retiring as Director of Finance. He was a devoted volunteer as well, working with the USO, Meals-on-Wheels, and Northside Hospital. For his volunteer service, he earned The President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2012. He was a loving father and grandfather, and was a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Woodstock, GA. Philip was a charter member of the Roswell East Rotary Club.

Survivors include his children: Philip James Dreger III (Karen) of Duluth, GA; Richard James Dreger (Julie) of Roswell, GA; Victoria Patricia Tate (Joseph) of Atlanta; and Lisa Patricia Jewell (Stan) of Buenos Aires, Argentina; nine grandchildren: Jessica Dreger McDermott (Keith), Philip James Dreger IV (Eva), Richard James Dreger, Jr., Mary Reid Dreger, Zachary Clay Jewell, Jordan Kennedy Jewell, John Brewer Dreger, Oliver Patrick Jewell, and Lillian Victoria Jewell; and one great-granddaughter: Molly Elizabeth McDermott.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Peter Chanel on Fruday, August 2 at 2:00 pm.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the USO (Atlanta Chapter) or Meals-on-Wheels (Cherokee County).

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 1, 2013
  • Memorial Mass Friday, August 2, 2013
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August 30, 2013

We send our sincere sympathy to the family of Phil Dreger. He was great to be with in Tokyo and in Monarch Financial Services, Roswell.
Bob & Mary Adelaar

Mary Jane Cheeks

August 21, 2013

Sincere condolences to the family of Phil Dreger. I was a classmate of his
at St. Cyril's school in Upper Darby, Pa. Also knew Rachel as we both lived on Radbourne Rd. I have been corresponding with Phil for a few years, since we both were on St. Cyril's "find a classmate list". Since I had not heard from him for a month or so, I figured he was ill, or maybe had moved.
He often wrote about his sorrow when Rachel died, and spoke so fondly of his children and grandchildren. I am sad to have lost my last connection to St. Cyrill's and sad for his family in their loss. May he rest in peace.
Mary Jane Cheeks - calmary @qis.net. He will remain in my prayers. I hope God took him gently home.

Lynn Adams

August 8, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the family. Your Dad and Mom were special folks. I still fondly remember them both even after all these years. My condolences. He was a special person. Lynn Adams

Jim Burns

August 3, 2013

To The Dreger Family ....Your Dad and Mom were very instrumental in my
life and I will always keep them in my prayers. My condolences to all of
you after a huge loss. Even though I had not seen Phil for a long time; he
was my role model for how to live the good life ...the right way. Strong,
honest; all with a great sense of humor; even though" lacking humility" at times. He was the best!!!! Love him and will definitely remember him always.

August 2, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Dreger Jr. family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).

August 2, 2013

The Moseley's send their condolences to the Jewell/Dreger family.

Bob and Freida Johnson

August 1, 2013

Our sincerest condolences to the Dreger Family for your loss. My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Phil at Los Bravos a few years ago, where we became a very close group of friends. He spoke often of his beautiful wife and was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and the arrival of his great-granddaughter, Molly! If Bob and I weren't at the restaurant, he would ask "everyone" if they had seen "Bob and Freida". He would often call us to meet him, which we always did. We are very saddened by his passing, but know he his now with his beautiful wife. We love you, Mr. Phil and know that you will always be in our hearts!

Chuck McDonald

August 1, 2013

Your Dad will be missed. I met him at Buffaloes about 4-5 years ago. He is such a likeable guy. Had many great conversations with "Dr. Phil" as he was know as in our circle of friends. When ever he would walk in to a place most would stop and yell Phil!!! Then the party could resume. Its such a shock to know he is gone but is in a better place than you and I. Gods speed my friend.

August 1, 2013

To the Dreger Family:

Your Dad was the world's greatest volunteer ! Met him three years ago when
attended a Veterans Day breakfast. Next thing I knew, was being trained by him on an USO assignment which truly changed my life ! It didn't end there, he convinced my wife Linda & me to join his team at Meals on Wheels.

In that we both lost our wives too early in our retirement lives, we both reminisced what life would have been like had he stayed @ Orange Beach or me at Lake Lanier w/ the love of our lives.

God took him away too soon; know he's up there in training for more volunteer duty; feel blessed had the few years we did w/ him; and hope he has a slot open for us when Linda & I join him.

God bless the Dreger family & may we all live happy lives in his memory.

Much love and appreciation,

Linda & Brooke Blake

FROM THE FAMILY