William J. Phillips, an Army veteran of World War II and a retired machinist, died Thursday in his Hamburg home after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, he served in the Army during World War II with the 27th Infantry as a guard patrolman in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
After the war, he worked as a skilled machinist for Niagara Machine & Tool for 42 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Local 508, United Auto Workers.
In his retirement years, Mr. Phillips was active in the East Lovejoy community, at St. Agnes Catholic Church and its Parish Council and the Boy Scouts.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Osinski and Gail; two sons, William and Mark; and a brother, Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today in St. Agnes Church, 194 Ludington St. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in Michael DiVincenzo Funeral Home, 1122 E. Lovejoy St.