David William Phillips, age 59, passed away Tuesday December 4, 2018. David grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio where he had an idyllic childhood, creating adventures with his friends from morning until dark. He graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1977, sang in the school choir, played ice hockey on the varsity team and played bass guitar in a rock band with his friends.  David graduated from Kent State University and worked in the Cleveland area in recreation management.  He later moved to the Denver, Colorado area where he worked for ten years in transportation for the Cherry Creek Schools.  In 2014, David moved to the Nashville area to be closer to his mother and sister and most recently worked for Anchor Transportation.

David had a keen wit and an incredible sense of humor. He was a history buff, loved old cars, had a beautiful singing voice and loved to write poetry and short stories. Throughout his adult life, David rescued dogs, specifically Australian Shepherds.  Despite the rush of today’s world, Dave always found time to be a wonderful listener and took the time to be truly present, which was a gift to all who knew him.

David is predeceased by his father, William Phillips. He is survived by his mother, Rosemary Phillips; sister, Catherine Brown,(Douglas); sister Cindy Billings (Douglas); sister, Carrie (Roy Dimoff); brother, Donald; his nephews, Nathan Brown, Jonathan Phillips, Benjamin Phillips; nieces Christine Brown, Felenka Phillips, Natalie Billings and his special four-legged friend, Oscar.

The family would like to thank Alive Hospice of Nashville for the wonderful care and comfort they provided. Because David loved helping rescue animals, to honor David’s memory, memorial contributions can be made to Safe Place for Animals, 905 Mallard Drive, Gallatin, TN 37066, www.safeplaceforanimals.com, or any charity of choice.

A grave side service and celebration of life will be held in Cleveland, Ohio at a later date to be determined.