Retired Sector Staffer R. Hunter Phillips passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Born May 3, 1947, to the late Virginia Yates and Romanus Hunter Phillips, Sr., he grew up in Anacostia, Washington, DC. He was an original member of the DC Magnatones, a local R&B group.
After high school, Hunter served proudly in the United States Air Force, spending most of his tour fighting in Viet Nam. He also represented the Air Force as a light-heavy weight boxer, fighting in the 1966 Golden Gloves. After proudly serving our country in Viet Nam, Hunter went on to spend a lifetime as a Union Rep fighting for workers’ rights and those of their families.
Hunter joined Washington Mailers Local M-29 in 1963, serving his apprenticeship at the Washington Daily News. After his discharge from the Air Force, he worked for the Detroit News, returning after one year to work for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Hunter was appointed to the Sector staff in 1991, with primary responsibility for coordinating mailer local unions. In 2002, he was promoted to the post of administrative assistant to the president. He was a troubleshooter for some of the Sector’s most difficult negotiations. Hunter headed up the negotiating team for Washington Post Mailers.
Hunter was not only a friend of labor, but was well respected throughout his career with the PPMWS. He will be greatly missed.
Hunter is survived by his wife of 26 years, Patsy Lois Phillips, and his children, Gina Phillips and husband Nick Pilatsky of Frederick, MD, Donna Rogers and husband David of Jackson, NJ, Anthony Phillips of Germantown, MD, and Amberly Slack and husband Gerry of Stafford.
Hunter, or “Pop,” was loved dearly by his eight grandchildren, Amanda Hallman, Melanie and Ian Hafner, Nicholas Pilatsky, Halie and Johnny Rogers, Madison Phillips and Peyton Slack.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 3, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fredericksburg Regional SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.