Philip B. Chaplin

  • Born: May 6, 1926
  • Died: October 19, 2017
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Philip B. Chaplin, of Melrose, died on October 19, 2017 at the age of 91. Philip was born in Derry, NH on May 6, 1926 to Basil & Florence (Sanburn) Chaplin. He was raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School. He later earned a Bachelor's Degree from Boston University. Philip served his country honorably in the United States Army during WWII and again in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as an Insurance Manager in the Legal Department for Reliance Insurance Company in Boston for many years. There was nothing more important to Philip than spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also loved going for walks, hiking in the White Mountains, photography, and traveling all over the world. Philip lived life to the fullest, but in a very quiet and gentle way. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Club and was involved with his wife Rita in all of her Irish Step Dancing Events. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to know him. He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Rita (O'Shea) Chaplin of Melrose. Loving father of Lisa (Chaplin) McAllister & her husband Joseph of Melrose, and Paul Chaplin & his wife Kristen of Dedham. Devoted grandfather of Maeve McAllister, and Ella, Nieve, & Nate Chaplin. Caring brother of Virginia Hilton & her husband Clarence of Virginia, the late Colonel Donald Chaplin, USAF, and the late Shirley Munsco. Also survived by several nieces & nephews. Visiting Hours will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Philip's Memory to St. Benedict Center, Slaves of Mary, P.O. Box 1000, Still River, MA 01467 or to your local Salvation Army.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rita and family - Please accept my condolences for your loss. John G. Coggins

Posted by John Coggins - Peabody, Ma. - Friend   November 01, 2017

Please accept my deepest sympathy Dear Rita and family.


Thomas Garvey
Andover, MA

Posted by Thomas Garvey - Andover, MA - Family Friend   October 24, 2017

So sorry to hear this news. Still, God is faithful, and He will bring you all the strength you need in the days ahead as well as the warmth of joyous memories you shared with Phil.

May the Peace of Christ and the comfort of Mary, Mother of Mercy, guide and accompany your family.

Posted by Jaymie and Andrew Wolfe and Family - Wakefield, MA   October 23, 2017

Rest easy Phil, though you will be missed! The Keough Family

Posted by Lisa Keough - Woburn, MA - Acquaintance   October 23, 2017

My sympathy on the passing of your husband.

Barbara Coogan

Posted by A friend   October 23, 2017

My deepest condolences go out to Rita, Lisa, Paul and family. May all memories continue on. For his service in the Army and Air Force., thank you Phil. Prayers and thoughts are with the whole family.

Posted by Jeff Cabral - WINCHESTER, MA - Family Friend   October 23, 2017

We are so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Phil was a wonderful man. You have our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace. Love, David, Terri, Ben and Jess

Posted by Terri Palmer - Haverhill, MA   October 22, 2017

Dear Rita and family,
We will always remember our Sundays lunches with Rita and Phil at the monastery, usually in front of the fireplace. He was always ready to share his thoughts and stories of his travels.
Be assured of the prayers of the all the Sisters at this very sorrowful time.
God bless you.

Posted by sister christopher margaret bitzer - still river, MA - Family Friend   October 21, 2017


Rita and Family, I am very sorry to hear that Phil has passed away, please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts . Remember, as long as you keep Phil in your memories, he will be always with you.

With my deepest sympathy and friendship.

Posted by Mary Curran Forgione - Tewksbury, MA - Family Friend   October 20, 2017

Phil was such a kind hearted man. We all have such fond memories of him. He will be greatly missed <3 of with this difficult are at all thoughts our time and you prayers>

Posted by Donna Gilardi - Shirley, MA - Family Friend   October 20, 2017


Phil you were the best and we will never forget your kind smile, you treated us like family as you did with many others. You are a example of what a person should be as you treated everyone with kindness, caring and love and you never judged. A few Months ago you were crawling on the floor with Orla and Raya (my 4yr olds) like a big kid yourself and I and they will never forget that memory along with many more, like when I first came to America, you took me into Boston and showed me your Boston. You were one in a Trillion!. Be at peace now Phil and don't worry we will look out for Rita.
Love Mary, Ken, Orla and Raya. xxxxxxx

Posted by Mary Fox - Pepperell, MA - Friend   October 20, 2017

Phil was a wonderful person, humble and always kind. He will be sadly missed by all but especially by his family and many friends. Our deepest condolences to all his family during this very sad and difficult time.

Posted by John & Donna Reidy - Pelham, NH - Family Friend   October 20, 2017

Phil was one of the nicest people on this earth. He will be greatly missed. He was kind and caring and always had a quiet, respectful manner. May he rest in peace. Rita, Lisa & Paul, you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Peggy O'Connor - Quincy, MA - Friend   October 20, 2017

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your loved one. May you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Psalms 119:76*

Posted by A friend   October 19, 2017

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