Philip R. Quirk
Philip R. Quirk passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Lower Bucks Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was 92. Philip was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. There he was a Boy Scout, sang in the church choir, was an emcee, and sang with many local big bands. He was in the United States Army Air Force during WWII. He served overseas in the 9th Air Force Service Command with the rank of Sergeant; he sang with the 691st Army Air Force band. He was an MP and was present at the Nuremberg trials. Returning stateside, Phil worked in the entertainment business as an emcee and professional singer with many big bands. He also worked at Radio City Music Hall. He worked in all facets of television at KTLA-TV Los Angeles and WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Then, Phil moved with his family to Levittown and had been a resident of Bristol Township for sixty years. He was employed by the United State Postal Service as a mail carrier in Bristol Borough for thirty years. Philip was an active participant in the reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware for twenty-eight years and also portrayed James Monroe in the movie about the Crossing which was shown at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitor’s Center. He was a HUGE Phillies fan and an Eagles and Jets fan.He always had a joke or three to tell and great stories to share. He was an avid reader and always shared anecdotes and fun facts that amazed everyone. His mind was razor sharp.
Husband of the late Janice M. Quirk (Stark), Philip is survived by his seven children, Michael (Deadra), Michelle Russo (Frank), Anthony(Daniel), Terence(Jacqueline), Anita Downs (David), Edward, and Matthew (Karen); six grandchildren, Candice Parascando(Matthew),Daniel Quirk (fiancée Ashley), Cassandra Mosebach, Bethany, Belen, and Ethan Quirk (mother, Vilma); two step-grandchildren, Sarah Snavely (Jake) and Travis Downs (Candyce);three great-grandchildren, Brielle, Elliot, and Millie; three step-great-grandchildren, Reagan, Noelle, and Penelope along with many nieces and nephews. Philip was the son of the late Hubert and Geraldine (Mathisen) Quirk. He was predeceased by his brothers Hubert and Charles and sisters Geraldine Gamble and Catherine McGinley.
Relatives and friends may call 7-9:00pm Wednesday Feb. 20 at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol Borough and 10:30-11:30am Thursday morning at Queen of the Universe Church in Levittown with his Funeral Mass at 11:30am. Interment will follow at 1:30pm in Washington Crossing National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Queen of the Universe Church, 2443 Trenton Road, Levittown, Pa., 19056 or Special Olympics.