GEORGE "CHIP" PHILLIPS JR
Key West, Florida - George "Chip" Phillips (67) died peacefully in February, 2014 surrounded by his extensive book collection, Key West art, and the music he so loved. Chip will be remembered for his love of the people he met and befriended since he arrived in Key West in 1990 from Brattleboro, Vermont. People who met him remember him for his sharp wit and his love of pointing out the best restaurant or music club in town.
Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Chip was the son of George and Betty (Ballentine) Phillips, who predeceased him. He leaves behind several cousins and many friends. A graduate of Marlboro College, Chip was a man of many interests. He worked at the Fall River Herald newspaper as a copy and sports editor. In Brattleboro he was the co-publisher and editor of the bi-weekly First Issue Newspaper, and the owner and operator of Salvador's Deli. In Key West he was happiest serving the public, whether as a bartender at Southernmost, working the grill at BO's Fishwagon, working at Fausto's, Key West Island Books, Blue Heron Books, and the Haitian Art Company.
A memorial service celebrating Chip's life will be announced at a later date. Donations in George "Chip" Phillips Jr. memory can be made to the American Civil Liberties Union.