Philip Callahan

Died: 2019-01-10
Resided in: Danvers
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2019-01-19 * 1-4PM *
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Contributions: In Lieu of Flowers, Kindly make memorial donations to the Callahan Memorial Fund, Bank of America, 81 Elm St., Danvers, MA 01923


Philip J. Callahan, 44, of Danvers passed peacefully after a brief illness on Jan. 10, 2019. He was the loving husband of Carrie (Merrick) Callahan and loving father of Emma and Drew. Originally from Peabody, MA, Phil graduated from Peabody High School in 1992. He went on to work his way up to the job he was most proud; Superintendent at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield. Phil enjoyed camping, the beach, York Maine, Falmouth, coaching baseball, basketball and softball. He really enjoyed watching his children’s sporting events including DGS, DNLL and DGTB. He enjoyed participating in local road racing events and running the weekly D5k in Danvers where his kids would join him. He loved the outdoors. He leaves his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lucille and Ed Merrick of Peabody, two sisters, sister Michelle Woodruff and her husband Tracy of Indiana and Lisa Tracy and her husband Joe of Wisconsin. Also leaving a sister-in-law Dawn Grant of Middleton, a brother-in-law Eddie Merrick and his fiance Jen of Peabody. He leaves his loving nieces and nephews who adored him; Aaron, Erin, Josh, Kaycee, Natalia and Stevie. He was the son of the late Shirley Johnson and brother-in-law to the late Michael Grant. Phil also leaves behind many friends who he loved as family.


I lack the words for such a horrible loss. I am so sorry. My heart is broken for you & your family. He was a good man and deserved so much more. If you need anything at all (even if it is kid free time where Emma comes to hang out with Skylar) please do not hesitate to let us know. You are in our prayers. -The Kwiatek Family
There are not enough words to express our sincere sympathies. Carrie, Emma and Drew, Phil was an extraordinary Dad and Husband, who is gone from us way too soon. May the wonderful memories and the love he had for all of you be in your thoughts and hearts every day to help ease your pain. Please know we are here for you for anything you may need. All our love, Linda, Pete, Kim, Amy & Melanie Amento
Phil was such a nice man, as well as kind, and funny. I know my father loved working with him, and considered him a good friend. I can't image how big this loss is for you. If you need anything, perhaps some free babysitting I'd be happy to help out let me know. - Renee Malionek
On behalf of Phil’s employer, The Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield, and its Board of Trustees, we will deeply miss Phil’s commitment to the beauty he found at Lakeside and his great gift of compassion and empathy he offered to every grieving family that came in need of our Cemetery. We will miss talking to Phil in his office, his humor and smile, and his dedication to all the families that his work touched. Our deepest sympathy to Carrie, Emma, and Drew.
We are so unbelievably sorry for your loss. I know there are no words of comfort right now but we will always remember Phil for his love for his family, his always present smile and his kind personality. Carrie, Emma and Drew, we will always be here if you need us for anything. All our love, Brian, Celeste and Jordan Ortins
So so sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carrie and Emma &Drew as well as all his family members that loved him. He was a great guy! He was a terrific softball coach to all the kids. He will be missed dearly. Peace be with you- Kelly, Frank, Holly & Sarah Delaney
There are no words to describe how sorry we are for your family’s loss. Phil was a great softball coach and Maria always said what a nice guy he was. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Love, Darrell, Patti & Maria Sanders
Carrie, Emma and Drew, Words can’t express how sorry we are about the loss of Phil. He was such an amazing husband and father. He was one of the nicest, funniest people we knew, who always had a smile on his face. Please know that we are here for anything you need. Sending you all our love, ♥️ Lesley, Ben and Ryley Crosby
He was a good cousin and going to miss the family times. He was a great husband to my cousin Carrie and a great father to my cousins Emma and drew. May u rip . My condolences to my family. From Kimberly Anderson
There are no words to describe how sorry we are for your family’s loss. Phil was a great softball coach and Maria always said what a nice guy he was. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Love, Darrell, Patti & Maria Sanders
Sorry for you family loss new him through his sister Michelle a good for taken to soon .
So sorry carrrie and Emma and drew we all loved him exspecialy that great big smile RIP cuz love always 🙏❤️
Carrie, Emma and Drew, I can never say or express how sorry I am for your loss. Phil was an amazing person, friend , Coach and Father. My heart breaks for you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please let me know we would be there to help in any way. Allour Love, Susan, Robert, Carmen and MarthaRose Avola.
Phil was such a treasure for the Lakeside Cemetery and his love for it was evident in the way he took such exceptional care of the beautiful grounds there. I first met Phil as he showed me a grave site at Lakeside for my husband who had passed away after a brief illness. Phil's level of compassion and understanding was remarkable to me at that time, and eight years later I still remember it. Your husband is with you and surrounding you with love every day and will always. Peace and Prayers, Virginia Samalis
So very sorry for your loss. Words can’t describe how hearbroken we felt when hearing of Phil’s passing. He was a great guy. So involved with his family . He always wore a smile on his face. We pray that GOD gives you the strength to get through this very difficult time and every day moving forward. Carrie, Drew and Emma, we will always be here for you guys. ❤️🙏 -The Licata Family
Carrie, I hope you and your children can find peace at this very difficult time. Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting Phil, from what I am reading here and hearing about him, he seemed like a remarkable, kind, loving person who loved life and his family so very much. You are also an amazing woman who I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years from our childhood. You will always hold the memories of Phil close to your heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he rest in eternal peace! Tricia Drummey (Napolitano)
Had the pleasure to work with Phil at Dicks sporting goods for a brief time he was such a nice kind and friendly person. He will be missed-meagan glenn
Like so many others,I am both shocked and saddened by this awful news.When we were younger Phil was a little brother to me.I slept over their house with Michelle just about every weekend.Phil, Michelle and I drove Lisa crazy always sneaking into her room to play Atari.That is just one memory out of a million that I have relived over the past few weeks.I was so happy to reconnect with him on Facebook and to see the sweet little boy grew into a sweet "not so little" man! My heart is broken for the entire family! The world truly lost an incredible human. I hope you can find comfort in the beautiful memories of Phil.God Bless Phil and all of his family and friends. Love,Cathy Z.
To Phil's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss.May he rest in peace.My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Tina Zouppas
Please know my family sends its deepest sympathies for Phil's family and friends. Phil was a very gentle and sweet guy. It's very hard losing a loved one so young. Know you all will be in my prayers. The Kozlovskis Family..
Carrie, Emma and Drew... you have been in our hearts and prayers. Words cannot express how heartbroken we are for all of you. Phil was so kind and genuine♥️ When talking with him and spending time on the softball field you could see the love and pride he had for his family. He is your angel now that will watch over you all from above. Lorrie, Dave, DJ & Alyssa Pacheco
I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Barb Towner

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