Passed away peacefully at Iler Lodge on September 16, 2013 in his 89th  year. Loving husband of Charlotte (nee Wilson) for 69 years of marriage. Dear father of Judy and husband Bill Libby, Greg and wife Karen Phillips, April Gale, and Bradley Phillips. Son of the late Vera and Percy Phillips. Treasured Grandfather of Stephanie (Jeff), Brett (Kelly), Tate (Leanne), Reed (Kaleigh), Shay (Dustan), Amber, Cory (Laurie), Kyle, and Paige. Great-grandfather of six great-grandchildren. Brother of the late Jack (Doris), the late Leonard (late Doreen), the late Bob (late Gloria), and the late Tom (Barb). Brother-in-law of Janet Stephenson and the late Garnet, Harriet, Everett, Evelyn, Shirley, Opal, and Ruby. Joe was a dairy farmer in Essex County as well as a grower/harvester/trucker for Green Giant. Joe was in business for 41 years as the founder of J.R. Phillips Trucking Limited. He was a longtime member of Bethel-Maidstone United Church. He enjoyed many years of hunting. His winters were spent in Florida where he enjoyed golfing and spending time with his friends. A special thank you to the dedicated staff of Iler Lodge for their care and compassion. Joe is resting at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. North Essex on Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. On Friday, friends are invited to meet the family after 9:30 a.m. at Bethel-Maidstone United Church (933 Talbot Rd. Maidstone) followed by the funeral service at 10:30 a.m.  Linda Blair officiating.  Private family interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to Bethel-Maidstone United Church or the charity of your choice. You may send your condolences online at


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