We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Rich & Thompson Funeral Service & Crematory
Philip Scott O’Daniel Sr., 78 of Burlington, NC passed away suddenly September 9th, 2021. Phil was born on January 7th, 1943 in a military hospital in Chester, PA to Clara Elizabeth Scott and Philip Benedict O’Daniel. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Lillian Peterson O’Daniel, brother Patrick John O’Daniel, and son Brian Benedict O’Daniel.
Phil was the oldest of seven children and grew up with the busy life of a military family. After moving several times, his family settled in Louisville, KY where he graduated from Holy Trinity High School. Phil then went on to earn a degree in Biology from Bellarmine College and proceeded to Purdue University to earn a master’s in Biology. In 1966, during this course of study he married his first wife, Mary Le. Upon graduation, they moved to Louisville and had three children. Four years later he enrolled at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and earned a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Upon graduating Phil was hired by 3M and moved the family to St. Paul, MN. After a couple of years designing and testing medical devices, he was transferred to the New Jersey facility. He eventually switched jobs and worked for Zimmer Patient Care Systems in Concord, NC.
In 1985, Phil married his second wife, Karen, and was blessed with two more children. He worked a number of jobs until eventually settling in Burlington, NC to work with Luxfer Gas Cylinders from where he retired. He worked various other jobs throughout his remaining years, and once fully retired he volunteered at community outreach programs with the most recent one being at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church food shelter.
Phil had a great love of knowledge and enjoyed sharing it with anyone who would listen for as long as they were willing. He found a new audience in his older grandchildren with whom he shared in-depth conversations on how anything and everything worked and anything steam related. He dedicated many years caring for his adult disabled son, Brain and would go above and beyond to make sure his needs were met.
When not with family or volunteering, Phil spent his spare time tinkering with anything he could get his hands on and had an endless list of home improvement projects that never seemed to get shorter. He was also known for his ability to pack a car and several of his children are grateful that they too share this gene.
Phil is survived by his siblings Ellen O’Daniel (Wes Bannister), Mary Ann O’Daniel, Jean O’Daniel (Don Keach), Susan O’Daniel, David O’Daniel (Patty Childers). Children Scott O’Daniel (Laurel), Amy Charnley (Loren), Peter O’Daniel (Brigid Byrne), Amanda Robinette (Mike) Stepchildren Missy Gayan (Tyler), Scott Allen Faris (Julie), ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Thomas and Daniel Charnley
Annette and Justeen Faris
Brayden and Carson Robinette
Jane and Ivo O’Daniel
John Philip (J.P.) and Grant O’Daniel
Details of a memorial service are pending.
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