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Philip B. Chaplin
  • St. Benedict Center, Slaves of Mary
    P.O. Box 1000
    Still River, MA 01467

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“Rita and family - Please accept my condolences for your loss. John G. Coggins ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: John Coggins - Peabody, Ma.

“Please accept my deepest sympathy Dear Rita and family.Sincerely,Thomas GarveyAndover, MA ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Thomas Garvey - Andover, MA

“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...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Jaymie and Andrew Wolfe and Family - MA

“Rest easy Phil, though you will be missed! The Keough Family ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Keough - Woburn, MA

“My sympathy on the passing of your husband.Barbara Coogan ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“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...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Jeff Cabral - WINCHESTER, MA

“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,...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Terri Palmer - Haverhill, MA

“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...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: sister christopher margaret bitzer - MA

“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...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Curran Forgione - Tewksbury, MA

“Phil was such a kind hearted man. We all have such fond memories of him. He will be greatly missed <3 Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Donna Gilardi - Shirley, MA

“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...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Fox - Pepperell, MA - Friend

“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...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: John & Donna Reidy - Pelham, NH

“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...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Peggy O'Connor - Quincy, MA

“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...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: A friend


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.