In Memoriam : Philip Atkinson Jr.

Philip Atkinson Jr. Philip Bruce Atkinson Jr. - age: 73
(June 28, 1939 to May 16, 2013 )
Resident of Hollis, Maine

HOLLIS - Philip Bruce Atkinson, Jr., 73, of Hollis passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, May 16th. Born June 28th, 1939 in Hollis, Philip was raised in Bar Mills on the Egypt Rd. Philip was the son of P. Bruce and Annabelle (MacEachern) Atkinson. He attended Cheverus High School (’57), and went on to receive a degree in Business Administration from Boston College (’61). He married his high school sweetheart, Joan (Garland) Atkinson, July 20, 1963. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this year.

Philip started his career at the General Accounting Office in Washington, D.C.. He then worked for the federal government with the Air Force at AVCO in Wilmington, MA, and was in the Army Reserves.

In 1966 Philip and Joan moved to Maine to raise their family. He worked for the US Economic Development Administration in Portland. Later he became the Civil Defense Director of York County. Philip was Selectman of the Town of Hollis for a total of 32 years. He was influential in bringing Saco River Community TV and Poland Spring to the local area.

Philip was active in several community organizations: the Lions Club, Day One, the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society, and several Bonny Eagle organizations - People Who Care, Natural Helpers and Project Graduation - grassroots organizations dedicated to drug and alcohol awareness.

Philip “Papa” loved to tell old-time stories with many a tangent - “but anyway.” He enjoyed hunting and fishing and making memories with family and friends at Frost Pond. Foremost he was a dedicated husband and father.

He is survived by his wife Joan; his sister Andrea York; five children, Ida Atkinson and husband Gary Stevens of Standish, Mary Merchant and husband Jeff of Dover-Foxcroft, Sarah LeBlanc and husband Edward of Dayton, Ethel Atkinson and husband James Paul of Standish, Gordon Atkinson and wife Stephanie of Hollis; and grandchildren Sage, Eden, Sydney, Benjamin, Lily, Annabelle, Margaret, and Isaac.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Southern Maine and Tootsie’s Girls for their loving care. There will be a graveside service on Friday June 7 at 2:30 PM at South Buxton (Tory Hill) Cemetery, Rt. 112/River Road in Buxton. Pastor Ron Sargent will officiate. Arrangements are with Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home - Buxton.

To honor Philip’s love for his local community, memorial contributions may be made to the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society, P.O. Box 34, Buxton, ME 04093

Deb Huff- Leslie - May 17, 2013Contact this person Contact this person
The Atkinson family, as well as Hollis, lost a truly caring and compassionate man this week. My memories of Phil are that he was a loving and devoted husband and father, was always the first to volunteer, he was never scared to take on the tough issues, he adored his family, adored the town, and was always very generous with his time. I will most remember him for supporting my mother during her final days ensuring her dignity as the town clerk. My heart goes out to his wife, children, and grandchildren, and I hope they find strength in knowing the Phil made a real and long-lasting difference in all the lives he touched along the way. May he rest in peace among the angels

Mary Sanborn - May 19, 2013Contact this person Contact this person
Joan and family...Sending our sincere condolences to you for the loss of your husband and father. He was such a wonderful man. He certainly was a great asset to this town, as Selectman, and in all of his other ways that he served our town. May all of your wonderful memories help to sustain you in the coming days. Please know that we share your grief and will miss his always smiling face. In sympathy, Dave and Mary Sanborn


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