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Philip Maurice Horan Jr.

November 17, 1926 ~ July 25, 2022 (age 95)

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Philip M. Horan passed away on July 25, 2022 at the age of 95. He was born in Milton, MA on November 17, 1926.  He died peacefully in Saratoga Springs, NY where he resided for 12 years.

He grew up and lived in Milton, MA where he was proud to be involved over the course of his life in a variety of civic endeavors including the School Committee and the Police Station Planning and Construction Committee, where he served with distinction.  Philip also served for many years on the Massachusetts Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Philip began his commitment to public service when he volunteered to serve in the Navy in World War II at the age of 17 and was stationed in the Philippines.  Upon returning, he attended and graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. He maintained life-long friendships with his fraternity brothers and their families.

He had two careers where his thoughtful leadership impacted those under his caring management.  He served as the general manager/president of MP Horan, a third-generation family general contracting firm located in South Boston. He then moved to Choate Rosemary Hall, a private preparatory school in Wallingford, CT, where he served as the Director of Facilities, Design & Construction for 16 years until his retirement in 1993.

He loved the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and as a young boy spent several summers at Camp Samoset on Lake Winnipesaukee.  He carried this love forward for his family, purchasing a property on Long Island in 1961 that remains in the family and that has brought joy to many generations.

Philip loved life and serving his family and his community.  His generosity and humble spirit were evident to all who met him.  Philip was a collector of hats, some of which were legendary and a means for him to express his sense of humor.  He enjoyed tennis, boating, and reading and in recent years developed a wealth of knowledge about world events, politics, and economics through his faithful reading of major publications.  He was also an ardent supporter of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team!

Philip is preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Mildred Horan; his sister, Doris (Horan) Bostwick; his first wife, Cynthia Chase Horan of 38 years; and Ruth Boyd Horan, his second wife of 15 years.

He is survived by his loving family including daughters, Jane Johnson and Pam Krison; sons-in-law, Bill Johnson & Larry Krison; grandchildren, Kathryn Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Emily Krison, Caroline Krison, Philip Krison; and great-grand children, Hazel Wilson, Silas Wilson, and Leo Dillon.

There will be a small family gathering to commemorate and celebrate his life, his extraordinary love, and his legacy of thoughtfulness.

Each night before bed, Philip would give his signature wave and say, “Shalom.”  We say “shalom” to our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Peace until we meet again.

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