Donald "Don" Phillips

Died: December 30, 2018
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John & Cindy Swatko
John & Cindy Swatko
Julie Ehrgood
Becky Maybe
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Donald L. Phillips, 74, of Binghamton, NY passed away unexpectedly on December 30, 2018 of natural causes. Don is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Elaine; son, Don, Jr. (Seattle); and daughter, Barbara (Binghamton). Don is arguably best known as “Mr. Christmas” for masterminding the locally famous, massive holiday light “cul-de-sac” on Upper Front Street. Don also had many ties to the local community. He was an English teacher at Chenango Forks High School for 34 years, owner of Don Phillips Plumbing of Chenango Bridge for over 30 years, former Chairman of the Zoning Board for the Town of Chenango, off ice official for Binghamton’s pro hockey teams and trip host for Tom & Jerry’s Yankees Bus Trips.
Funeral Services will be held Friday 10 am at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 53 Baxter Street, Binghamton. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott Thursday from 4-7 pm, with a Parastas Service at 6:30 pm. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association and sent to the Windsor Central School District Office, 1191 NY Route 79, Windsor, NY 13865.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Allen Memorial Home


511-513 East Main Street
Endicott, NY 13760

Service Information

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church


53 Baxter Street
Binghamton, NY 13905

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Cemetery Information

Vestal Hills Memorial Park Cemetery


3997 Old Vestal Road, Vestal, NY, 13850

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Died: December 30, 2018

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Brian Hart posted on 1/3/19

I am very sorry for the passing of this good man. I had the pleasure of greeting Don many early mornings at the Traditions at the Glen golf course where I worked. Don played weekday mornings for years. He added to my day every time we met. Brian Hart


John & Cindy Swatko posted on 1/2/19

To the Phillips family, Our heartfelt condolences go out to you. We always enjoyed the Christmas extravaganza that Don put up every year. We have been in the neighborhood (Brookview Drive) for 31 years and have probably seen every one! He will surely be missed.


John & Cindy Swatko posted on 1/2/19

In memory of Donald "Don" Phillips, John & Cindy Swatko lit a candle


Christophe and Mary Allen posted on 1/2/19

We are so sorry for your loss. Don was a kind, generous man who joyful shared his love of Christmas with the whole community. Our thoughts are with you at this sorrowful time.


Jerry/Josephine Snyder posted on 1/2/19

It was always a pleasure to be in Don’s company. Jerry and I shared many memories with him. Family is always so important to all of us, and we will treasure all the family memories and events we spent together. God bless you and our love, peace, and comfort are with you now and always.


Rebecca posted on 1/2/19

Dear Marj, I’m so sorry......May he rest peacefully and rejoice with the Angels❤️Perhaps he will wrap his arms around your daughter and give her a huge hug from you❤️


Rebecca posted on 1/2/19

In memory of Donald "Don" Phillips, Rebecca lit a candle


Alan and Jeanette Williamson posted on 1/2/19

Don was a dear friend. We talked and joked with him before every hockey game. He was a good man and hockey games will not be the same without him there. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with Don"s entire family.


Frani Jones posted on 1/2/19

To my very kind friends, Karen and Bill Bush, I send my sincere condolences on the loss of Karen's brother, Don. My love and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.


April Cordes Buchwald posted on 1/2/19

I am so sorry for your loss, Marge. I send my sympathy to the family and friends of Donald Phillips, brother of Marge Paradise, who is my second cousin in law. May God give you peace with the knowledge that Donald had a wonderful and productive life, community involvement, and many friends. I am sure that "Mr Christmas" will be missed.


Julie Ehrgood posted on 1/1/19

Marj always shared the Christmas decorations and the love he had for life


Becky Maybe posted on 1/1/19

I willl never forget Don singing to me and my little sister before we went to sleep when we were very young little girls. Love you, Don, forever ❤️


Julie Ehrgood posted on 1/1/19

I have never met Don but his sister Marj has always talked about him and shared his love for Christmas by his decorations. To Dons family: I wish I would have known him. I will be praying for all of you and know that he will live in your hearts forever. Julie Ehrgood


Lynda Brown posted on 1/1/19

We are so so sorry for your loss. I’m sure he will be dearly missed. Our family condolences to you and your entire family. Lynda Brown and family. ( Keith Martin‘s aunt and family )


THEODORE ARMBRUST posted on 1/1/19

Sorry for your loss!


Jim and Debby Andidora posted on 1/1/19

Don, was a very nice man. We enjoyed meeting up with him and Eric in Baltimore for the Yankee games. He will be remembered fondly.