Earl G. McPhillips

January 22, 1927May 8, 2020

Earl Gene McPhillips died peacefully, with his loving wife Diora by his side, on May 8, 2020 at the age of 93 years young. He was born in Tampa on January 22, 1927 to Francis and Grace McPhillips. At 17, he left home to serve in the Navy during WWII starting as a UVD frogman in Ft. Pierce, FL and then transferred to Morrow Bay in San Francisco and served in the South Pacific aboard the Ringness (APD-100).

He and his brother Frank started Hillsboro Gas Company in 1951 and Earl served as President until its sale in 2008. Earl was active in the propane gas industry serving as president of the Florida Propane Gas Association and the Greater Tampa Association. Earl chaired various state association committees and was a recipient of the Florida Gas Association Hall of Flame award, along with serving on and chairing the Florida Agriculture LP Gas Advisory Board.

Earl was an avid fisherman, along with his wife Diora, and his family. They spent much of the summers on their boat SeaMac in Marsh Harbor and the surrounding areas of Bahamas fishing for blue marlin. They won the Penny Turtle Billfish Tournament on two occasions. On several occasions they had double releases and even a triple release of blue marlin with no captain or mate. Winters were spent in the Stuart, FL area chasing sailfish on the east coast with an occasional trip to Isla Mujeres, Cancun or Venezuela.

Earl was preceded in death by his oldest son, Earl Jr. "Butch".

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Diora McPhillips, children, Linda, David (Kitty), Billy (Hollace), Bruce and Stacey Moses. Grandchildren are Brian Urey, Kristina, Shaun, Dawn, Summer, Hunter and Montana and 7 great-grandchildren.

Those who were lucky enough to spend time with Earl, knew he enjoyed a full life with his family and friends, fishing all over the world, laughing and telling stories and sharing good times and making precious memories.

He will be buried at Sarasota National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life gathering will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in honor of Earl G. McPhillips. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


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Barbara Colson

May 19, 2020

To Diora, Stacey and the family,
We have been together for a long time. Enjoying each other over the years. We loved when Earl went lobstering and us girls went to Indian Rocks to your condo there. Great times.

I know your loss is great. Our memories full of happy times. Earl's cooking of steaks were always so delicious.

May your memories carry you through this period of life.
Love you all,

Keith Martin

May 19, 2020

Prayers to Billy and family your loss. May the peace of Christ be with you.

Jim Bird

May 17, 2020

Diora, Billy, David and extended family, Please accept my condolences over Earl's passing. He truly lived a full life and lived life to it's fullest! He was always an inspiration to me and was always ready to give helpful advise and mentored me with our businesses. I still cherish the memories of our time living at the Carrollbrook apartments and having our dinner get togethers with all our friends there, it was a special time. I often refer to people who influenced me as legends and Earl was one of those legends. God's blessing and speed to you all. Jim Bird

mary and joe boylan

May 17, 2020

Dear Diora and Family,
We just learned of Earl's death. We lived in the second house in Marbella in 2002 when we met you and Earl and you both so graciously welcomed us to your home and the community. I wanted to share something I read, written in 1989 by Colleen Hitchcock, that has brought me comfort.
And if I go,
While you're still here...
Know that I live on,
Vibrating to a different measure
- behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me, so you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we can soar together again,
- both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to the fullest.
And when you need me, just whisper my name in your heart,
.... I will be there.
We are so sorry for how heavy your burden of grief is now,
Mary and Joe Boylan
551 Ozona village Dr Palm Harbor, Fl 34683


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