Wilton resident Philip Reeves lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.
Reeves was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 15, 1959 to the late Courtney H. Reeves Jr. and Sarah S. Reeves. He moved to Wilton in 1962 and remained there for most of his life, attending Wilton Public Schools. As a member of the Wilton Volunteer Fire Department, Phil found his lifelong passion, becoming a firefighter with the Westport Department in 1980, where he remained for six years. He then joined the United States Army, to earn his wings as an Army Aviator.
After completing his active obligation, which included a tour in the Republic of Korea, Phil transferred to the Massachusetts National Guard, where he remained until his death, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5 as the State Aviation Safety Officer. Phil served two tours in Iraq as a MEDEVAC helicopter pilot. In 1994, Phil joined the Bridgeport Fire Department, earning promotions to Pumper Engineer and Fire Lieutenant, retiring in 2016. Phil served the Bridgeport Fire Department as Firefighter, Engineer, Training Officer, Safety Officer, and Battalion Chief’s Aide. Phil earned a Bachelor’s of Science in History and a Masters in Homeland Security and Disaster Management.
Phil married the light of his life and soulmate, Robyn Hapke in 1994, who survives him. Also surviving him are his daughter Rebecca of Keene, NH and son Isaac of Wilton. He is survived by his mother Sarah, of Walpole, NH; sister Leslie Kanerva of Springfield, VT; sister Cynthia and her partner Ray Ruseckas of Walpole, NH; and brother Ted, of Springfield, VT.
As a proud veteran, Phil was a life member of the VFW, the United States Army Warrant Officer Association, the National Guard Association of the United States and the Army Aviation Association of America. Phil was also a proud member of Bridgeport Firefighter’s Local 834.
The visitation will be held at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., in Norwalk on Friday, Feb. 17, from 4-8 p.m.. The funeral service will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 48 New Canaan Rd., in Wilton on Saturday Feb. 18, at 11 a.m.. A reception will follow.
UPDATE: It is strongly suggested that anyone attending carpool with as many people as possible. The Reeves family have touched many lives with their generosity of serving Wilton and the country along with their children and hundreds are expected to attend the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the USO, or the veteran’s service organization of your choice.
Friends who wish to help with preparations for the memorial and in other ways being organized on behalf of the Reeves family can visit a Sign Up Genius website that has been set up.