Phillip “Phil” Stanley Walpole, 79, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 4th, 2022, three and a half years after a stroke. A lifelong resident of central Ohio who lived in Granville, Croton and Johnstown, Phil had relocated in retirement to a farm in The Villages, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Albright, sons Charles “Chuck” and Matt (Melissa) Walpole, daughter Mary Hakam, grandchildren, Amanda Walpole, Thomas Walpole and Aisha Hakam, nieces and nephews Crystal (Alfred) Cleveland, Donald (Becky) Walpole, David (Laurie) Walpole, Stacy (David) Gilbert, great-nieces and nephews Jody (Tim) Cotsmire, Aaron (Sarah) Cleveland, Ryan Cleveland, Christopher Cleveland, Daniel (Rachel) Walpole, Alex Walpole, Savannah Walpole, Alexis Gilbert, Kyler Gilbert as well as great great-nieces and nephews, church family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Dorothy Walpole of Granville, Ohio, his brother Richard Walpole of Mt. Vernon, Ohio and his sister, Joyce Pierce of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Phil graduated from the Granville school district where he then went on to work for Western Electric until he entered military service. From 1964 to 1966he was in the Eighth United States Army Support Command in Yongsan, Korea and after that, the Army Reserves through 1970.
Professionally, Phil was a respected accountant and financial manager for physician groups at Grant Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He was a model of integrity and compassion to his colleagues and community, going out of his way to help family, friends and other hospital patients navigate their hospital experience and care. He was known for his collection of colorful, fun neckties – a subtle way to cheer kids and adults alike. After retirement, Phil volunteered as an accountant in the financial committee of Centenary United Methodist Church, Granville, Ohio, where he was a long-time member, and at the Licking County Humane Society.
Phil was a life-long music lover and professional drummer and with treasured friend, John Schmoll(Judy), played throughout the years in dance bands for community events, private parties, country clubs, office parties, festivals, weddings, retirement homes and many other events. Phil also played in the praise band at Centenary United Methodist Church.
Phil had many hobbies that included baseball as a youth, along with softball, golf, cycling, skiing, 5K runs, and many dog walks with Mac and Eddie. In the early 80’s, Phil and Mary (Rowe), founded the Nails & Scales 4-H club Croton Ohio, where he was an advisor helping local youth learn important life skills. He had a passion for airplanes and even though he never became a pilot, he joined the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and volunteered to help build a plane at the Delaware airport.
The Walpole family extends a sincere thank you to the physicians, nurses and staff of the Serenades Memory Care Facility and Cornerstone Hospice of The Villages, Florida for their kindness and care that allowed Phil to transition from this life surrounded by the love of his family.
Phil leaves a wonderful legacy of love and support for family, friends, and country. He will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, July 31st 1:00-3:00 pm at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 102 Broadway E, Granville, Ohio 43023. In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Phil’s wishes, memorial donations in Phil’s name are most welcome at Centenary United Methodist Church, Granville, Ohio, the Licking County Humane Society at 825 Thornwood Drive, Heath, OH 43056 (or online at lchspets.org), and the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org. Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS- Brownwood, 352-205-4210. Sentiments may be found at www.baldwincremation.com.
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