John Philip, Sr.

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September 8, 1930 - February 1, 2016

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Visitation Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home


Saturday, February 6, 2016 2:00 p.m. Moreland Funeral Home, 3:30 p.m. at Chapel North


John J. Philip, Sr., age 85, of Westerville, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2016 at Riverside Hopital. Retired from State of Ohio Library. Survived by children, John J. Philip, Jr., Marianne Philip, Jeanne M. Philip, Lawrence F. Philip and Therese M. (David) Ramey; 6 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his wife, Helen M. Philip, son, Charles F. Philip and brothers, Fred and Bill Philip. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Friday 6-8 p.m. where service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. with visitation 1 hour before the service, Fr. Tom Petry, officiating. Celebration of Life service will be held at Chapel North, 5325 Smothers Road, Westerville, Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Pastor Jared Howell, officiating. Private interment Pioneer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The James Cancer Hospital.


Margie Salentiny - Feb 22, 2016

Meeting John in 2000 at my first Bookmobile conference was Awesome! He was a person that was so genuine and caring about what we did, and he made each of us feel validated in the work we did! There will Never be another Just like him. We share in your sympathy of his passing, but we rejoice in remembering all that he has done for us. Every conference from then on he remembered us from Minnesota and his smile and his hugs were huge. From Minnesota we send that love back to your family with big smiles and huge hugs. Margie and Sherri Plum Creek Library System MN

Barbara Ferne - Feb 10, 2016

We are so sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was such a nice man and we enjoyed knowing him from our small bookmobile world, where he had so much influence and knowledge. May his memory be for a blessing
Barbara and Bob Ferne
OBS Specialty Vehicles, Canton, OH

Suzanne Philip Immekus - Feb 9, 2016

RIP my Uncle and to all my cousins; your children and Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren know that a Great Man passes but memories stay in the hearts and souls of those who will miss him always.

Marianne Thompson - Feb 5, 2016

On behalf of ABOS, the Association of Bookmobiles & Outreach Services, I would like to extend the organization’s deepest sympathy to the family of John J. Philip, Sr. John was an inspiration to and mentored many, many Outreach library people during his years of service. Through his passion & dedication he provided strong leadership & advocacy to help Bookmobiles be recognized as a viable library Outreach service. ABOS is proud to offer a scholarship in his name each year, to recognize outstanding contributions and prominent leadership by an individual in Bookmobile and Outreach Services.
Marianne Thompson,
ABOS President

Vickie Sherwood - Feb 4, 2016

My sincere condolences at the passing of John. I have such fond memories of him, at all the Bookmobile conferences.

Bro. Jerry Harasym, SDB - Feb 4, 2016

My prayerful condolences John, to you, your siblings and
family members. I was reflecting on the times myself and some of the cleric Brothers (now priests) enjoyed lunch at your home after our Sunday duty at St. Pauls in Westerville.
They were happy, enjoyable moments of sharing. May you always remember the joyful, family times your parents spent with you. Friendship HUGS of ENCOURAGEMENT, and most of all, my Mass and Communion for your dad’s repose. May he rest in peace! Jerry

Pattie Johnston - Feb 4, 2016

What a wonderful man. Though I did not have the privilege to have met him personally, his insight and passion for outreach services has been an inspiration to so many that many of us feel that we did get to know him. He will be missed in so many way. My sympathies to your family.

Kathryn Philip and Charles - Feb 3, 2016

Our deepest condolences to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Uncle John. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Jan Meadows - Feb 3, 2016

Oh,how I adored this man! I have him to thank for the wonderful career I had in the Bookmobile/Library Outreach world. He mentored, encouraged and offered me so many opportunities to progress in my career. He was so full of fun and laughter and I will carry the memory of him with me forever. My sincerest sympathy to his family and friends in this sad time.
Jan Meadows, Colorado Springs, CO

Kathleen Butzen - Feb 3, 2016

My sincere condolences to the Philip family on the passing of John Philip. I meet John Philip only once, years ago at a bookmobile conference in Ohio. He was known to all as “Mr. Bookmobile.” He was a great inspiration to me when I was just starting out in bookmobile and outreach field, so much so that I became an active member of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services. As the past Committee Chair for the Scholarship and Awards Committee, I had the privilege of being part of the processes of awarding the John Philip Award to someone in our field who aspired to be like John. The award honors his dedication and his tireless work and serves as a pinnacle for all Bookmobile and Outreach staff to aspire to reach. May the memories you hold of John help you through this difficult time.
-Kathleen Butzen, Outreach Services & Express Center Manager, Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IL

Claudia Zimmerman - Feb 3, 2016

I have known John since the late 1980s. He helped Holmes County purchase it’s 1994 Bluebird and helped us vision what we could do. Later he brought the Wall Street Journal to our service. You could always count on John to help you with a problem. His love of bookmobiles started with the Ohio Bookmobile Conference, later the National Conference, and eventually helped get ABOS off the ground. He was a giant among us. Thank you for loaning him to us.
My deepest condolences and prayers for his family.

Rose Huling - Feb 3, 2016

Please accept my sincerest sympathy for your family’s loss. John’s love of the bookmobile world will forever be remembered. He planted many seeds that are growing in the world of outreach and bookmobiles. I met John at a bookmobile and outreach conference when we presented the John Philip Award to our 2nd winner. It was an honor to meet him. I am extremely grateful for his service to the members of the bookmobile, outreach and library communities. Rose Huling, Morse Institute Libary, Natick, Massachusetts

Sheila Cowley - Feb 3, 2016

John, I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. I know he was such a treasured member of your family. My prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time, that God will give you strength and that you will lean on the wonderful memories that you had together.

Linda Ayres - Feb 2, 2016

I am so sorry to hear of John’s death I will keep John and the entire family in my prayers.

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