Roland “Rod” Deforest Phillips, Jr.

September 15, 1946 - April 9, 2022
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Rod Phillips became a mariner to fulfill his dream of enhancing the lives of young people through sail-training. While at the University of San Diego he worked on the tall ship ‘Star of India’. After graduating from the University of San Diego he served in the US Air Force where he sailed on the ChesapeakeContinue Reading

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Andrew Clark left a message on December 28, 2022:
I had the pleasure of working along side of Rod at Red and White Fleet for 5 years. When my job permitted, I rode along on the cruise to run audio maintenance or quality control, but the real joy was escaping to the wheelhouse to chat with Rod about his adventures or the latest technological wave that had captured his attention. During the offseason of 2015, Rod invited me and a few friends for an excursion around the Bay aboard the Nehemiah. Though often quietly composed aboard the vessels at Red and White Fleet, Rod came alive aboard the Nehemiah: there was no denying who was in charge! That day on the bay is still one of my fondest memories from my time in SF. I feel lucky to be able to say I knew him.
Mary Tillman left a message on April 25, 2022:
I am so sorry for your loss! Please be assured that Rod will be remembered in our prayers. He will be included in our prayers every Thursday nght. I did not know him, but did see him at Saint Vincent's. May his sole rest in peace. May God help his family cope with his loss. I will pray for them also. God Bless,
Zack Hill left a message on April 25, 2022:
Riding in the wheelhouse with Captain Rod was one of my favorite things to do. We always had great conversations and he always told me great stories! He was my favorite captain and I sure am gonna miss him. Thank you Cap for all the stories, cruises, and awkward hugs! Rest In Peace good sir!
Abbé Kevin left a message on April 23, 2022:
Please be assured of my long term prayers for the repose of Captain Rod’s Soul. Captain Phillips did so much for our youth groups and for me personally. He will be sadly missed. I was privileged to be counted among his deck hands on the S.V. Nehemiah and got to work closely with him including boat repairs etc. My greatest Condolences to Joni as well as to everyone else who was close to him. I so much wish I could be at the Funeral, but please be assured that I will be praying for all of you from the East Coast.
John McNamara left a message on April 22, 2022:
Rod, Thanks for being a great mentor and and even better friend. You taught me how not to run into sailboats that got into my way…. We will all miss your wit and the fun that you had running boats. Your Zalophus landings live on!
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Linda Stevens left a message on April 21, 2022:
Dear Joni, How very sad to hear about Rod's death. I remember how kind both of you were after Mass at Father Young's services and Rod was always happy, with a kind word and smile for everyone. I will say a rosary for him and have Father Talcott say a Mass for his soul. May God be with you in your grief. Warmly, Linda
Teresa left a message on April 21, 2022:
Your kind soul will be greatly missed by all.
Mike Minard left a message on April 19, 2022:
The people of the water will surely miss you.
Sunset View Mortuary left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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