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Phillips, Harry J. (Nick) September 17, 1943 - January 24, 2021

Harry (Nick) Phillips, 77, of Hackettstown, NJ, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 24 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

Nick was born on September 17, 1943 in Madison,NJ, one of eight children to the late Loretta Degraw. He grew up in Boonton before settling down with his family in Hackettstown. Nick spent many years as an auto mechanic prior to retiring. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the American Legion for 25 years, having served as a past commander. Nick was an avid golfer who will be remembered by all who love him for his quick wit, candor, huge heart, love for singing, ability to always put a smile on his grandchildren’s faces, and his unwavering love and pride for his family.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his loving wife, Carol (Malaska), to whom he was married for 49 years; his daughters: Lindsay O’Brien and husband, Keith; Loretta Masterson and husband, Rob; and Lauren Smith and partner, Chris Tosh; and his grandchildren: Peyton, Jackson, Chase, Riley, Dylan, Teagan, Madison and Brandon

The funeral will be held 7:30 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J. with Pastor Ninabeth Metcalf officiating.  Cremation is private.

Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2021 from 4-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.


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    Sharon & Pat Housel says

    Dear Carol & family, We are very sorry to hear about your loved one. May he rest in peace. Xo

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    Kevin & Debora Wyker says

    We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Nick, our prayers and condolences are with you Carol and al the family

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    John and Pat Johnson says

    Carol and Family, we are saddened to hear about Nick. We hope that all your beautiful memories will help you in this difficult time. We had lots of good times with you both at legion events. Semper Fi and God Speed Marine .
    John and Pat Johnson

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    Claudia & Butch says

    Carol & Family,
    No words can express how saddened we are to learn of Nick’s passing.
    We cherish the times that we spent with you all. May he rest in peace.

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    Dona Shaw says

    Carol and family my deepest sympathy to you all. Nick was a good friend and neighbor. May he Rest In Peace.

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    Ann a Marie and Frank Lombardo says

    Sending our heartfelt condolences.

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    Lynda M Stadtler says

    Carol and family we are so very sorry for passing of NIck. He was a family man and showed it often. It was always a pleasure to be in the company of NIck he will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you all
    RIP Nick
    The Stadtlers

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    Linda Oleszek says

    Dear Carol and family, I am so sorry about the passing of Nick. Nick was a great guy with a quick sense of humor. He always made me laugh. He will truly be missed. Rest in peace Nick. Linda

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    Delia Fritz says

    Dear Carol and Girls, Oh what fun we all used to have! A visit to your Hurley Drive home was always an adventure with Nick’s ready smile and quick wit. My deepest condolences, Delia

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