Upholding Dave's wishes his family carried him into the service area through a guard of honour to the song- highway to Hell. Family and friends shares their own unique view of David along with some of his personal items that created a snapshot of his vast undertakings in his life. Floral tributes were laid and he left to the song Come on Baby, Light my Fire.
A Memorial Cruise was held at Nelson Bay NSW so we could release his ashes. Many stories were shared, his favourite music listened to, then a slide presentation that encapsulated his life into a nutshell. David's ashes were then released in a Grandson decorated eco friendly Turtle.
There is a plaque in his front garden, a memorial on YouTube- Remembering Captain David Phillips- and a plaque on Newcastle break wall
He was born 4th child (but 1st living son) to Audrey and Lawrence Phillips of Adamstown. David had 3 older sisters and 4 younger brothers. The family moved to Wallsend when David was 2yrs old where he spent his childhood and early adult life. He became a shipwright at Carrington Slipways and went to sea in 1974. He married his first wife Susan Eason in Feb 1978 but divorced 28 May 1985. He remarried in 1990 to Georgette McLean and they remained together till his death. He was the father to 5 children, Natalie, Monique, Raymond, Johnathon and Eli.
David left the sea to become a ship surveyor in order to spend more time at home with his family He also worked hard and obtained his Marine Pilots License. David also trained and became a teacher at TAFE and University of Tasmania teaching Marine based subjects. David also formed 3 different companies to organize his survey, teaching and pilot age work.
David’s first love was family. He would do anything for family and no ask by family was too big. His 2nd love was his bike Betty. A BMW K100. His 3rd love was the sea, only just a 3rd love, maybe equal 2nd actually.
David was a larger than life character who will be sorely missed by all who met him.
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