Phil Reeves, a long time Wilton resident, U.S. Army veteran, and professional firefighter who served the Westport and Bridgeport communities, will be laid to rest this Saturday, Feb. 18 in an 11 a.m. service at St. Matthew’s Church on New Canaan Rd..

Reeves was a widely known and respected member of the Wilton community. Because of that, as well as his lengthy service as an Army aviator and a firefighter, a very large crowd of mourners is expected to attend Saturday’s service as well as participate in a ceremony before the service to honor Reeves. In addition to family and friends, several hundred uniformed military and firefighting personnel will be at St. Matthew’s that morning to pay their respects.

The ceremony will begin with a funeral procession departing from the Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk at 10:30 a.m., traveling along Rte. 7/Danbury Rd. and turning up Wolfpit Rd., and arriving at St. Matthew’s Church, around 10:50 a.m.. The procession will have a police escort provided by the Norwalk and Wilton Police Departments, and will pass beneath a large American flag suspended over New Canaan Rd. by ladder trucks from the Wilton and Westport fire departments. Following the ceremony, there will be a 21-gun salute followed by the presentation of the folded casket flag to his wife, Robyn.

Wilton Police released a statement about the funeral and the procession, noting that road closures are possible along the route beginning after 10:30 a.m.. Police officials advise local residents and businesses that short-term traffic congestion is possible on lower Rte. 7 between 10:30-11 a.m., and that travel will be slowed on Wolfpit Rd. from Rte. 7 through Old Boston Rd. from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m..

To minimize traffic congestion, arrangements have been made for all visiting mourners to park at Miller-Driscoll Elementary School and take shuttle buses to the church.

In the statement, the Reeves family extended their appreciation to the Wilton community on behalf of themselves and the visiting members of the U.S. Army and fire departments, “…[for] your patience while we celebrate the life of this outstanding man who gave so much to his country, his town, and his community.