Philip W. Block

Dateline: Warwick

Block, Philip, 75, of West Shore Road died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Hope Hospice  & Palliative Care with the comfort of his loving family by his side.  Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of the late Norman and Betty (Tabulsky) Block.  He lived in Cranston most of his life, recently moving to Warwick.  Philip was a graduate of Emerson College.  He worked in sales and customer service for many years, most recently at the Providence Journal.

Philip was a very active and social person who was blessed with many friends.  Music and sports were his passion.  He was an avid musician, playing clarinet as a member of the Ocean State Pops Orchestra of which he was a founding member in 1993.  He was also a member of the Lafayette Band, the Wheaton College Symphony and many other local groups.

Philip was also a passionate Red Sox and Providence College Friars basketball fan.  He was at Fenway Park the day the Red Sox clinched the American League pennant during their Impossible Dream year of 1967. He was also an original season ticket holder when the Friars moved to the newly opened Providence Civic Center from Alumni Hall in 1972.

Philip was devoted to his family, helping to care for his sister, Sandra, in her later years.  He always looked forward to spending time with his family at gatherings and during the holidays.  He was the dear brother of the late Sandra Friedman and cherished uncle of William and Karin Friedman of Warwick, Linda and Andy Palazzo of Cranston and Scott and Beth Friedman of West Warwick. Philip also leaves 3 grandnephews, 3 grandnieces and 4 great- grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hope Hospice  & Palliative Care, 1085 North Main St, Providence, RI 02904. Due to Covid, Shiva will be private.

Graveside services were held Monday, January 11, 2021.

Please click here to view a recording of the service.

 

16 Comments

  1. Steven Levitt
    Jan 9, 2021

    I was saddened to read of the passing of Phil. I have nothing but fond memories growing up with him in south providence. My condolences to his entire family

  2. Katie Taylor
    Jan 10, 2021

    My condolences to his family. I will miss talking to Phil every week after Lafayette Band rehearsals. He was always a pleasure to talk with.

  3. Beverly Paris
    Jan 10, 2021

    Dear Linda, Scott, and Billy and extended family,
    Words can’t explain how sad I feel for all of Phil’s family. He was a great man and I lost a good friend. I enjoyed leaving him a Challah on Fridays from Chabad of West Bay which he enjoyed.
    He also was my paper boy.
    Phil was the brother of my lifelong friend Sandra Block.
    May his memory be a blessing. He will be a big loss to the music and sports world.
    Rest In Peace my friend.
    Love, Bev

  4. Carol Paiva
    Jan 10, 2021

    Andy and Linda and family,
    Please accept my sympathy on the loss of your loved one, I now understand where your love and appreciation for music comes from, May he rest in eternal peace,

  5. Thomas King
    Jan 10, 2021

    I was a customer of Phils for quite a while. Over the years I began to really appreciate his reliability and determination. There could be a foot of snow out there and here comes Phil. We spoke often and I realized what a great guy . My sincere condolences to the Block Family,

  6. eleanor moravec
    Jan 10, 2021

    saddened to read about Phil’s passing. He was kind, friendly and considerate. I knew he was a special person. David and Eleanor Moravec – customers

  7. Robert Ronald Cohen
    Jan 10, 2021

    Though we lost touch years ago, Phil will always be a dear friend of blessed memory. We shared experiences too numerous to mention, and I’d like to believe I meant as much to him as he did to me.

  8. Charlotte Diffendale
    Jan 10, 2021

    I am so sad to learn that Phil has died. I was one of his customers and enjoyed our chats, his self-deprecating humor and appreciated his gentlemanliness as well as the reliability of the service he provided. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  9. Tom Sullivan
    Jan 10, 2021

    My wife and I would like to offer our sincere condolences on Phil’s passing.
    As long time customers it was always nice to chat with him early in the morning in all kinds of weather.
    From his obituary he was an extraordinary person and will be missed.

    Dot & Tom Sullivan

  10. Terrence and Joyce Lee
    Jan 10, 2021

    Dear Block Family,
    Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved uncle, Phil.
    He was our newspaper delivery man for many years and could be counted on to make his delivery right to the top step! Always with a smile and a kind word to share.
    May his memory be a blessing for all time.
    With sincere sympathy,

  11. Terrence and Joyce Lee
    Jan 10, 2021

    Dear Block Family,
    Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved uncle, Phil.
    He was our newspaper delivery man for many years and could be counted on to make his delivery right to the top step! Always with a smile and a kind word to share.
    May his memory be a blessing for all time.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Terrence and Joyce Lee
    Edgewood

  12. Linda Sanfilippo
    Jan 10, 2021

    Philip was such a wonderful person who will be missed. I was in the NK Community Chorus with him. My husband, Sal, played music with him.

  13. Jackie Lamoureux
    Jan 11, 2021

    Phil and I played together in the Lafayette Band for many years. He was a valued member of our group for his musical talent but even more for his friendly, kind, and considerate personality. He will be missed by all of us.

  14. Barbara Pease
    Jan 11, 2021

    Phil will be greatly missed by the North Kingstown Community Chorus. He was a member of our bass section since the fall of 2016. He was a very caring and considerate gentleman. Rest in peace, Phil.

  15. Delvyn Case
    Jan 11, 2021

    Phil played in the Wheaton orchestra under my direction for the last few years. I loved seeing how much joy music-making gave to him. He reminded me and my students to never take for granted the gift of music in our lives. We will miss his smile and enthusiasm!

  16. Christine Pellegrino
    Jan 11, 2021

    My condolences to Phil’s friends and family. We worked together for many years at Projo. He was always quite a character and a pleasure to know.

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