Philip Embury, Jr.

Obituary of Philip W. Embury, Jr.

Fairport, NY

Philip W. Embury, 93, passed peacefully on November 2, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.  He is predeceased by his wife, Marie, and his daughter, Melinda Beaumont. He is survived by children, Marideth (Pete) Lewis, Robert, Phil (Lynne), Michael (Michelle) Yanko, Patti (Chris) Hazel, Karen (Ted) Thull, Kristen (Randy) Lake, daughter-in-law, Kristina Jackson,15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren with number 14 due any day and dear friends, David Steitz and Angela Herrald. 

Phil was raised in Warsaw, NY, home of his family’s Embury Lantern Manufacturing Co.  After attending Dartmouth and Rutgers prep schools, he studied farming and poultry husbandry at Alfred Ag and Tech.  Phil later changed careers, working 30 years as a sales engineer at Qualitrol Corporation in Fairport. Phil and his wife, Marie, lived here for almost 60 years, celebrating many milestones in their beloved village home.

Phil’s mastery of intricate wood carving and gifted woodworking was only exceeded by his humble displays of his art. Phil carried on the legacy of his fascinating family history in truly creative ways.  He was an avid collector of Embury Lanterns, restoring these heirlooms with precision and care.  A mentor and role model, he taught his children and grandchildren about their roots through his research in genealogy, and in doing so, instilled in his large family a true sense of inclusion and love.  These values were lived everyday, as he took pride in his home and in his relationships in the neighborhood.  His front porch on Filkins Street was a regular gathering place where he welcomed family, friends, and neighbors with good conversation, laughter and wit.  He cherished this time with people he loved.

Playing family card games, dominoes and watching sports, Jeopardy and Westerns were among his favorite pastimes.  He was an avid fan of SU and Duke men’s basketball, UConn women’s basketball and proud supporter of the Fairport girls varsity basketball team.  

Honoring Phil’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral.  The family will have a private celebration of his life.  In honor of a life well-lived, please consider making a donation to Lollypop Farm in Fairport, NY.

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