Stuart, FL — Philip D. Belanger, 63, of Evening Shade, Arkansas and previously of Litchfield, New Hampshire, passed away suddenly on March 11, 2013. Philip was with his wife Carol vacationing and visiting his father, Roland, in Hobe Sound, Florida.
Philip was born on August 10, 1949, in Lawrence, Mass., to D. Roland and Barbara K. (Berry) Belanger. He was preceded in death by his mother on September 11, 2011, and sister, Debra Ann Daily. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Carol A. (Walker) Belanger. Philip was the devoted father of two sons, Brian Philip Belanger of Milford, N.H., and Kevin James Belanger of Manchester, N.H., and his daughter, Megan Marie Belanger of Evening Shade, Ark.
Philip graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., where he was very active in sports. He graduated from Plymouth State College in 1971 with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education. Upon graduation he joined his parents at Belanger Pool Center, Inc. in Londonderry, N.H. Philip took over the company after his parents retired to Florida and worked with his sons up until his passing. During this time, he developed many friendships with customers and an impeccable reputation for this small family business. Philip was also active in the local sports community while in Litchfield. He loved coaching basketball and was adored and revered by every player he helped over the years. He volunteered with the recreation programs until he was hired as the Litchfield Middle School boys basketball coach. He coached there many years and also assisted the girls Campbell Cougars basketball team when his daughter played. He was a respected and loved man in the Litchfield community, always attending and volunteering the local sporting events. When he moved to Arkansas he continued his gift for helping where he volunteered his time again, coaching his nieces and nephews play basketball for the local school.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your charity of choice. An online registry is available at www.foresthillsfunerals.com.
ARRANGEMENTS: Forest Hills Funeral Homes Young & Prill Chapel, Stuart, FL