UNIVERSITY PARK, Fla. — Thomas Wilbur MacPhail, 74, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2011 at Lakewood Ranch Hospital, University Park Fla.
He was born on May 24, 1937 in Englewood, New Jersey, son of the late Wilbur and Frances (Cobler) MacPhail.
Tom attended Oakland Military Academy in Oakland, N.J. and Englewood Cliffs Grammar School. He graduated from Fort Lee High School, in New Jersey, after which he took graduate courses at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Tom spent his entire career as co-owner along with his brothers of Handford Brown Company, Inc. in Englewood Cliffs, a printing manufacturing company. He retired in 1987.
Tom married his beloved wife, “Bobbie,” the late Louisa (Raymond), an ice skater coach and judge from Lake Placid, N.Y.
Tom and his family resided in Alpine, New Jersey for a number of years and also in Lake Placid, New York before retiring to University Park, Florida, where they were avid golfers for many years.
He is survived by four brothers: William of New Jersey, Douglas and David of Illinois and Bruce of North Carolina; two sisters: Marjorie Andrion and Karen Burke of Maryland; two sons: Ian (Beth) and Ryan (Jessica) MacPhail; two daughters: Janet Podgorny and Suzanne MacPhail; and numerous grandchildren and nephews and nieces.
Over the years, Tom’s interests included ice skating, golf, tennis, photography, yoga and karate. While living in Lake Placid, Tom volunteered as a librarian at North Country School.
In retirement, he also volunteered at a hospital in Sarasota. Tom enjoyed the many restaurants in the area, as well as all the daily telephone conversations with many friends and relatives. His wonderful spirit will be missed
A Celebration of Life Service was held Oct. 6 at the Toale Brother Funeral Home in Sarasota, Fla.