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Philip Roy Conklin
Philip Roy Conklin a lifelong resident of Kerhonkson passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. He was 59 years old. Philip was born on June 26, 1953 in Ellenville; he was the son of the late Roy and Earla (Davis) Conklin.
Philip attended Rondout Valley Schools and furthered his education at Ulster Community College where he became a certified plumbing and heating specialist. He started his own business, Philip Roy Conklin and sons Plumbing and Heating and provided Kerhonkson and the surrounding communities with exceptional service for over 30 years. Philip enjoyed traveling whether it was in his car or on his motorcycle. One of his favorite destinations was Maine where he enjoyed fishing. Philip liked to live off his land and during the late winter months he could be found boiling sap to make maple syrup. He also enjoyed canning throughout the year and would willingly share his creations with his family and friends. Mr. Conklin was an extraordinary hardworking man who will be deeply missed by all the people who knew him.
Philip is survived by his fiancé Christine Rathbone; his three sons, Jared Conklin and his companion Roxanne, Brandon Conklin and his companion Brianna, their mother Kathleen Conklin and Codi Conklin and his mother Teri Gray; his stepson, Brett Thomas; his brother Lorin Conklin and his wife Carol; his grandchildren, Rocco, Arianna and Evan; and many friends, cousins and loyal customers.
Visiting will be held on Monday, March 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 42nd Street, Kerhonkson. A celebration of his life is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Accord Rural Cemetery.
There will be a gathering for friends and family at the Elks Lodge in Napanoch following burial.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Philip’s name to a charity of one’s choice.
Phil was a awesome man and will be missed. My condolences go out to the entire family
Natalie Buley Mar 18 2013 12:00 AM
We will miss you dearly, you were part of our family. Rest in peace Phil.
Antoinette Potter Mar 16 2013 12:00 AM
Philip, you dear, sweet, warm, wonderful, gentle-giant,
your strong hug and warm and ready smile and spark of loving energy will always be in
our hearts and serve as a reminder of what the best in you can and should bring out in myself and the rest of us: others first. Your love of others was so manifested in your
cooking and looking our for your friends. I trust you will be the BBQ king for all time to come. How can we miss you if you won't go away from our hearts and memories.
Love and peace, friend, brother. Our family mourns the loss in all our hearts.
Ed Mues and Diane and, son, Dan Mar 11 2013 12:00 AM
sorry to hear you are gone you will be missed very much. Send love to family
Bobby & Linda Hoar Mar 11 2013 12:00 AM
My condolences go to everyone.
I'm honored youve shown me a little piece of your life.
I wont forget the good times I had with you and the boys.
I'm pleased to have known you.
I wish strength to the whole family.
John (Dutch friend of Hendrika and Barry) Mar 11 2013 12:00 AM
We at Suzy Q offer our sincerest condolences. Mr Conklin was a dedicated gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor - and up here he had a special name given to him - Santa Claus - because he always provided the gift of his tireless effort to help us out -- there are no words to express the sorrow all of us feel for your loss of a beloved father, fiance, grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the Conklin family. He will be greatly missed by all of us within the community.
Sonia Mar 11 2013 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Phil. My sincerest condolences to the Conklin Family. I only had the pleasure of knowing Phil for the past year. My great uncle was being taken advantage of financially. His furnace had stopped working in the middle of winter last year and I called Phil. Phil had serviced my uncle's furnace before. It was a weekend and I explained that at the moment my uncle's finances were a mess but I would ensure he was paid. Phil said, "Don't worry about the money. Bill (my uncle) is on my list of people I won't allow to freeze. I'll be there in less than an hour." Over the past year, he was at my uncle's many times, breathing life into an ancient furnace, always with a smile and kind things to say to my uncle. He was also able to give the name of the woman who was stealing from my uncle to the police. To say Phil was a good man is an understatement. He will be greatly missed.
Kim Wlodarczyk Mar 10 2013 12:00 AM
We send our condolences to Philip Conklin's sons and family. He was our plumber and he was wonderful; always cheerful, always helpful and a very good plumber.
We will miss him.
Linda Bloom & Ellianne Odom Mar 10 2013 12:00 AM
The Conklin family will be in my prayers. Phil was a very hardworking and kind man. A 4 year old once said" He is so big because he needs room for his big brain and big heart." That was the truth. All my appreciation for knowing such a wonderful human being .
Country Kids Daycare Mar 10 2013 12:00 AM
to Phil's family,
We go way back, to the 80's at least. A good man who could look you straight in the eye, always with sincerity.
David Winograd Mar 10 2013 12:00 AM