Keaton’s Mortuary


Jack Edward Phillips

March 29, 1928October 6, 2020

Jack Phillips, beloved husband of Corinne Phillips for 52 years until her passing; father of her children, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 6th, 2020. Jack grew up in Napa near Vichy Springs and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. There wasn't money for college after the war, so he studied books on radio and television technology, opening a TV shop on Noe Street in San Francisco and later teaching at John O'Connell Technical Institute, where he trained many Vietnam veterans and others in broadcast engineering, helping them get jobs all over the country. He married in 1961 and enjoyed making family meals and the spirit of eating together, talking with his family, friends and neighbors, working in electronics and teaching broadcast engineering, working on his house, reading historical novels, listening to classical music, and firing up his 6-foot Tessla coil. Jack had a unique wit and a deep sense of empathy. Many thanks to staff at Aldersly Retirement Community Assisted Living for their tender and playful way of caring for him in his last years. Donations may be made to Aldersly Retirement Community in San Rafael or KQED.


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