Philip Larson

Philip Larson Jr.

Tuesday, November 27th, 1945 - Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
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Philip Emmett Larson, Jr. died peacefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Maines Larson of Durham, NH; three children, Corinne Maines Larson George and her husband Bill of Lee, NH, Philip Emmett Larson III and his wife Kristina of Greenwich, CT, and Eric Parker Larson and his wife Laura of Cohasset, MA; eight grandchildren, William Jr., Ethan and Courtney George, and Connor, Tommy, and Maia Larson, and Addison and Parker Larson. He is also survived by his brother Ted Larson and his wife Karen and his brother-in-law, Jim VanValkenburgh; plus, many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his much beloved sister-in-law Carolee VanValkenburgh.

Phil was born in 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Philip Emmett Larson and Geraldine Parker Farnum Larson. He attended many different K-12 schools in Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, and Canada. He graduated college from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In August of 1967, he married his wife Sandra Jane Maines. He served in the Vietnam War receiving many metals, including the purple heart and bronze star. He worked for IBM as a branch manager and national manager of medical sales residing in Massachusetts and New Jersey. He was president of the Jaycees of Shrewsbury, MA and a member of the Masons. Phil was involved in many activities – coaching all of his children in softball and baseball; model airplane flying, snowmobiling, skiing, tennis, golf, water skiing, boating, hunting, and playing the guitar.

When he retired, Phil and his wife moved to Durham, NH where he became very involved with his condominium community. They started to travel and visited many states and six out of the 7 continents. Phil was afflicted with physical disabilities later in life but that never seemed to stop him from enjoying life to the fullest. He loved his wife; he loved his children; he loved his grandchildren; and he loved his friends. “A man's life is measured by two things--- the love of his family and the love of his friends.” Phil Larson was indeed a very wealthy man.

In keeping family and friends safe, there will be no celebration of life at this time.

The family wants to thank the wonderful staff at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, and Holy Family Hospital.

Memorial donations in Phil's name may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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    NH State Veteran's Cemetery
    110 Daniel Webster Highway, Rte. 3
    Boscawen, New Hampshire 03303
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Peter Gonzalez

Posted at 03:55pm
Our sincerest condolences from the Gonzalez Family, Ridgefield CT.

Scott Backholm

Posted at 08:03am
Rest in Peace my Phil you have earned it. Such a strong yet gentle man, it was my honor to know you all these years. I will greatly miss our talks up at camp. It was different when you asked a question about someones family or career, you actually cared deeply about the exchange. Thank you for your heroic service to this country. Peace my friend you will be greatly missed.

Wilda Green

Posted at 04:09pm
Sandy and Family - I am so sorry that Phil has passed, but we know he was welcomed into the next phase by all of his hunting buddies who went before him. Having know Phil for 36 years, and Roger knew him much longer, we shared so many happy times with him and with you Sandy, we now have to cherish those memories. I am here if you need anything.
Love, Wilda

Jeff Green

Posted at 02:59pm
Dear Sandy, Corinne, Philip, Eric, Ted, and extended family.

It was truly and honor to know Phil. He was a great conversationalist in any topic. He is loved by the "Sand Pond Boys" campers and I feel fortunate to have spent the better part of a week with him for 30 plus years. He was an awesome, impressive, successful, and articulate man. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jeff Green

Corinne L George Posted at 03:54pm

Thank you so much. His hunting friends were his family. He loved you all so much and we heard many wonderful and humorous stories over the years! I hope People keep telling us more! Thanks, Corinne

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