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Philip J. Hickey III, age 94, of Douglassville PA, formerly of Highland Park and Drexel Hill, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2022. Born in Philadelphia, PA he was the son of the late Philip Joseph Hickey Jr. and Lydia Elizabeth Hickey (nee Gebhard).
Phil was a World War II veteran. At age 17, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and served in crash rescue. After the war, Phil continued public service as a volunteer fireman with the Highland Park Fire Company. During his 45 years as a fire fighter, he rose to Deputy Chief and become a life member. Phil was employed by Bell Telephone Company and held a leadership position as Regional Supervisor. He retired from the phone company in 1986 after 35 years of service.
Phil was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Hickey (nee Leopoldt). Phil is survived by his brother, Bert Hickey, his son Patrick Hickey, and his long-term companion and partner Ricki Cotteta and her 4 daughters who welcomed Phil into their lives as family. Phil will be remembered for his cheery disposition and his unrelenting jokes!
Services and interment are private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 30386, Philadelphia, PA 19103 and would be appreciated.
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