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Honoring Service: Veteran Phillip Hubert Clancy, WWII

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Phillip Hubert Clancy

Born on December 15, 1927, in New York, Phillip Hubert Clancy was the son of Anne Donaghue, aged 27, and Patrick Clancy, aged 31. Unfortunately, his father, Patrick, passed away on November 6, 1932, in Bronx, New York, at the age of 36. Following her husband’s death, Anne remarried Edward McElhenney in 1935.

Date of Birth: 4/10/1905
Died On: 17-May-18
Street Address: Brookdale Place
Service Number: 2563114
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy – Herald Of The Morning – AP 173

Phil had two brothers, Martin and Patrick, and four sisters, Winifred, Patricia, Edwina, and Mary Ellen. They resided on Brookdale Place in Rye and were affiliated with the Church of the Resurrection.

During World War II, Phillip left high school and joined the U.S. Navy. After the war, he resumed his education and graduated from Rye High School in the Class of 1947.

On April 10, 1955, at the age of 27, Phillip Hubert Clancy married Eileen Anne McCloskey in Rye, New York.

Paul O’Brien posted this condolence Tuesday, May 22, 2018:

“Phil Sr. lived life to the largest. I grew up in the house next to the Clancy’s, Phil Jr. and I were the closest of friends – he was the best man at my wedding, Tommy, Kevin and Mary Ellen, as well as Phil’s wife Eileen, were a constant presence in all of my formative years, and a constant and very happy touchstone in the years since I left Rye.

Phil was so happy, so Irish, always had frosted mugs for beer sitting in the freezer. Constantly had music playing in the backyard in the summers. The car was always parked backwards in the driveway in case there was a fire and he needed to get out quickly with the transistor radio strapped to the big battery pack – he was so dedicated to the Rye FD.

Incredible singer, both at the high mass at Resurrection, St. Paddy’s day and any other neighborhood get together. Former navy, avid boatsman – I was super impressed when he bought the former wooden police boat docked in Rye harbor – that was so cool at the time.

He was very proud to be a first generation Irish American – when I was like 7 years old at a St. Paddy’s day party, with all of his Irish gayety on display, I remember asking him if he thought I was Irish and he looked at me with his little wink and said that is not even a question, why do you think we moved next to you.

So, so many fond memories – I will miss him dearly along with Eileen and Kevin. Such a great neighborhood, Brookdale Place. So many people have passed: the Burgess’s/McDonalds, the Kellys, the Sheas, Checcos and so many other families- I would love to steal some of that time back again. Here is to you Phil! – you left a large footprint – thank you for all of the great times! Paul.”

Phillip Hubert Clancy passed away on May 15, 2018, in Rye, New York, at the age of 90.



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