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Robert Craig Phillips

1957 - 2021

Oil City, PA


Robert Craig Phillips, 63, of Oil City, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at UPMC Passavant.


He was born April 8, 1957 in Newport Beach, CA, a son of Robert and Leta M. Robbins Phillips.


Craig was a 1975 graduate of Maplewood High School, where he started his career as a wrestler, ultimately becoming a PIAA state place winner.  He then attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his varsity wrestling letters at 126...

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Ed Szymkiewicz

January 23, 2021 3:35 PM

I would like to express my sincere condolences to the Phillips family on the lost of their family member. As a former classmate and neighbor I remember him well. When he moved from California to here, I was invited to play hardball with him and his brother in the open field by their home. What a lot of ground to field when you're in 4th grade and running regulation size bases. I was impressed by his talents at an early age to have teacher walk into a classroom and have a discussion with him while a class was going on. That teacher was Dave Anderson. Craig, also, had an amazing ability for STATISTICS. You could ask him any question on a passed or present ballplayers' numbers and he would be right on. It didn't seem to matter if was obscure or not, he would tell you with out hesitation.
Sadly missed---------Broadway Joe  

Ken & Tina Achenbach

January 23, 2021 10:58 AM

We are very sorry to learn of Craig's passing.  I coached Meadville Junior High Wrestling with Craig  and he covered Meadville Bulldog Football for many years.  Craig was passionate about wrestling , his writing, and was fantastic with the students he coached.  He helped many kids achieve their goals.  I very much enjoyed my relationship with Craig and all the pre- and post-game conversations.  His coverage was always top-shelf.    Tina and I offer our deepest condolences to Craig's family at this difficult time.  He will  always be remembered as such a nice guy and fun to be around. He will be greatly missed.

Pee Jay & Peg

January 22, 2021 8:55 PM

To The Entire Phillips Family and Melat Family:
      We are saddened by the Loss of Our Friend Craig. Didn't know that Craig was not his First Name. We met him when he wad involved in Writing for our Local Newspaper The Derrick. Not only was Craig familiar with Wrestling, but he was a darn good Dart shooter. I use to ask Craig different pointers to become a better shooter. What a good friend he became to Pee Jay and Peggy. We thought alot of Craig.Craig was an awesome son, brother, uncle, brother-in--law and friend. R.I.P. our friend from Oil City. You will be missed unconditionally. Heaven is waiting for you. U til we meet again. We love you Craig👍👍👍

Jeff Leri

January 22, 2021 8:38 PM

I knew Craig since our school days at Townville in which I graduated the previous year from him. He was the ultimate hard worker in wrestling and just a joy to converse with on any sport. Later I roamed the sidelines with him as he covered the Meadville High School football games and I worked as the team athletic trainer. No one knew wrestling better than Craig and he was a wealth of information on several other sports as well. Always friendly and upbeat and a genuine individual. My thoughts and condolences go out to his entire family at this difficult time as he will be missed by many.

Keith and Rosalyn Miller

January 22, 2021 8:36 AM

We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved son, brother, and uncle.  I got to know Craig through wrestling when I was the coach at Lakeview High School.  Craig and I would always have a long chat when I would call in results after wrestling matches.  My wrestlers and I sincerely appreciated the excellent coverage he gave our team and the way he promoted wrestling in our area.  He will never be forgotten and will always be fondly remembered.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time.  Wishing you comfort and peace...  

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