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Westborough Remembers Philip Reidy

He was active with Westborough TV for many years.

Philip Francis Reidy, 81, formerly of Northampton and Westborough, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 surrounded by his family.

Phil was born on March 20, 1932, the son of the late Edward J. Reidy and the late Emma Joyce Reidy and Mary Hurley Reidy. He was raised in Easthampton and Northampton and spent several childhood summers with family in Portland, Maine.

After graduating at the age of 16 from St. Michaels High School in 1948, he worked as a linotype machinist at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton. Phil enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 and served with the 1600th Air Traffic Squadron at Westover Air Force Base until 1953.

He went on to work for New England Telephone for 35 years beginning with the installation of telephone offices throughout Western Massachusetts. He continually sought out career growth through various opportunities within New England Telephone, and found his forte in budgeting and finance. As a result of his efforts, he developed an extensive knowledge and expertise of the industry. In 1978, Phil traveled back and forth from New Jersey writing operating procedure manuals at AT&T Headquarters in Basking Ridge. After retiring in 1993, Phil was called in to work on several projects on a contract basis. He went on to man the front desk at the Shrewsbury Tennis and Racquet Club and Sterling Country Club.

Always on the go, Phil immersed himself in numerous activities. He had a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for tennis and was a member of the Westborough and Shrewsbury Tennis and Racquet Clubs. He enjoyed playing golf with his wife, Joan, and was a longtime member of the Westborough Country Club. During the summer months when he was not playing tennis or golf, he was sailing on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. He was an avid gardener and was known to deliver most of the abundant growth to friends throughout Westborough. He was active with the Knights of Columbus and served as the grand knight in 1977-78. During the winter months, he was an avid reader and devoured suspense thrillers and political novels.

In 1999, Phil volunteered for WCAT -  Westborough Community Access Television. He began by taking camera and equipment lessons at the station and over the next eight years, Phil became the government access coordinator/producer and oversaw all broadcasts, training, and scheduling of volunteer producers. Phil set the standard for coverage of town meetings. In 2003, Phil and fellow cameraman, Bob True, received an award from the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association for a 40-minute program the pair shot on the dedication of Mill Pond School. Phil believed that bringing the various government meetings into homes through broadcasts was an important way to include Westboroughs citizens in the democratic process.

Most importantly, Phil enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, Justin and Gabe. He always had a camera in hand when attending soccer and lacrosse games, track meets, mud runs, and drama festivals. After moving to Maine, Phil utilized his finance skills and served on the budget committee for the Town of Gouldsboro. In addition, he volunteered at the Schoodic Education and Research Center of Acadia National Park as a videographer. He especially enjoyed traveling around eastern Maine with his friends and neighbors sampling pancakes and seeing the sights as part of the Breakfast Club.

Phil is survived by his daughter, Linda Reidy Barsanti of Corea, Maine; and grandsons Justin Losier of Bozeman, Montana and Gabriel Barsanti of Corea. In addition, Phil leaves behind Joan Newton, Jillann and Paul Wing of Southampton; Jim and Nancy Newton of Atlanta, Ga.; Pat, Larry, and Loreen Dupre of Ocala, Fla., Debbie and Ed Norris of Bristol, Conn.; Joe and Diane Dupre of Murphy, Tex.; Judy and Bill Carey of Goshen; Bill and Mary Lou Ritter of Vero Beach, Fla.; Maureen Horrigan of Haydenville; Michael and Sue Horrigan of Fredericksburg Va.; Joan and John Kirker of Sarasota, Fla.; Barbara and Santo Bonoccorso of North Andover; Kathy and Carl Ward of Millbury; Patricia and Kevin Callahan of Moorestown, N.J.; Mary Hurley of Easthampton; Stephan and Sandy Hurley, Christopher and Katie Hurley, Kathleen Hurley, Paul and Mary Jo Hurley, Tim and Nancy Hurley, all of Michigan; Theresa Hurley of New York; Michael and Shizuyo Hurley of Japan; Margaret Hurley and Nigel Kelly of Toronto, Canada, and Eileen Zini of Foxborough; a multitude of friends; and his black and white cat, Mittens.

He was predeceased by his wife, Joan B. Reidy; son-in-law Kirk Barsanti; brother-in-law John Newton; and cousins John Horrigan, Joe Murphy, Dave Hurley, and Will Hurley. A celebration to honor Phil's life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Westborough, 64 West Main St., Westborough, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. A portion of the service will be devoted to sharing remembrances of Phil - please feel free to participate. After the service, a luncheon will be served at the Westborough Country Club, 121 West Main St., at 12:30 p.m. Please contact Phil's daughter, Linda, at 207-598-8157 or lareidy@msn.com if you plan to attend the luncheon. A private burial in Northampton is planned.

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