Philip VanGuilder

Obituary of Philip R. VanGuilder

WARRENSBURG: Philip R. VanGuilder died January 5, 2020 after a long illness. Phil was born September 18, 1949 in Ticonderoga, the second son of Gerald R. and Beatrice (Straight) VanGuilder and the first of his family to not be born in the family homestead on “The Hill” at Loon Lake. Phil has many happy memories of family life on “The Hill” as a child surrounded by a large extended family. Phil graduated from Pottersville School and Adirondack Community College. At the age of 12, Phil began his working years. He walked through the woods and fields following a trail marked out for him by his older brother, Roger to the Shore of Loon Lake where he did yard work, etc. for Mr. and Mrs. Seiber at their cottage colony. Later Phil worked for the Town of Chester and then for the State of New York on Gore Mt., Prospect Mt. and the Battlefield Park at Lake George. In 1973 he secured a contract with the USPS and delivered mail between Chestertown, Brant Lake, and Warrensburg until 2001 when he retired for health reasons. During his tenure with the postal service he made many dear friends. A true Adirondacker, Phil loved to hunt (deer and rabbits), fish, trap, hike, and camp. He also enjoyed caving and digging for old bottles. As a young man he enjoyed owning and showing horses. In recent years, Phil spent hours a day walking the streets of Warrensburg where he greeted everyone with a smile and kind word. October 30, 1976 Phil married Sylvia Lane Clark and became a step-father to Mark W. Clark. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, son, Mark and his wife Colleen of South St. Paul, MN and grandchildren, Jessica MacMillian (John), Shawn Murphy (Claudia), Natasha Helgeson (John), Teaira French (Cody Fraiser), Zachary Clark and Matthew Perry (Kim Reid), great-grandchildren, Summer, Wyatt, Cyrus and Hadyen Baker, Diego Murphy, James, Emma and Thomas Helgeson, Dustyn French, and Alana Bishop. He is also survived by his siblings, Roger (Brenda) VanGuilder, Joan (Arnold) Stevens, and Gerald (Kathy) VanGuilder, his brother-in-law, Darryl Lane (Nancy), Sister-in-law, April Scheffler (Tom), his mother-in-law, Vi Lane, and close friends, Tony R. Trapasso, Jim (Turk) Brown and Dave Filkins. Friends may call on Phil’s family from 2 to 4 pm, Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Alexander Funeral Home, 3809 Main St., Warrensburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Saturday, at Sacred Heart RC Church, 51 Mohican St., Lake George. Rite of Committal will be conducted in Cedar River Cemetery in Indian Lake in the spring. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to North Country Ministry, 3933 Main St., Warrensburg, NY 12885. Please visit for online guest book, condolences, and directions.

Calling Hours

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, January 10, 2020
Alexander Funeral Home, Inc.
3809 Main St.
Warrensburg, New York, United States
Calling Hours

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
51 Mohican Street
Lake George, New York, United States
Mass of Christian Burial
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