Paying tribute to Utica Councilman Bill Phillips

Family, loved ones and the community gathered Thursday to pay their respects to the late Utica councilman Bill Philips at his calling hours.

Posted: Mar 15, 2019 1:05 AM

UTICA -- Family, loved ones and the community gathered Thursday to pay their respects to the late Utica councilman Bill Philips at his calling hours.

Councilman Bill Phillips died Saturday after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which he was diagnosed with last summer.

Phillips served on the common council for a total of 11 years, between his two terms, and represented Utica’s corn hill neighborhood.

Phillips’ son, Marques Phillips, says he hopes that the work his father did in the community will leave a long-lasting legacy.

“It makes me feel a little pressure to try to step into his shoes, try to live up to it,” Marques said. “I mean, we’re not in the same line of work but I’m trying to be the man that he was and that he wanted me to be, and I’m going to need a lot of help from the people out there that love my father to try to carry on all the things that he cared about.”

Marques says he feels a huge part of his father’s legacy is not just the amount of people that he touched, but the range of people that came from many different backgrounds and walks of life.

There will be calling hours Friday at 1 p.m. with a funeral service starting at 2 p.m. at Greater Grace Church in Utica.

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