Philip E. Ferris Sr.
Philip E. Ferris Sr., 83, of Kodiak, passed away Aug. 24, 2019, surrounded by family and the wonderful Chiniak Bay Elder House staff. In 2011, a stroke left him in need of full care and unable to communicate verbally. His expressive personality helped make his likes and dislikes known and reveal his sense of humor when words failed him. He had beautiful blue eyes that sparkled when he was happy.
Phil was born July 3, 1936, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fourth of five Children born to Berenice and Joseph Ferris Senior. He was a faithful Steelers fan, a Catholic, and was proud of his Irish heritage. He led the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Irish flag in hand, every year he could. His Irish Derby was an important symbol of who he was, always. He loved to dance and listen to Irish, and country music. Phil was a master of witty remarks and mischievous behavior. He loved a good joke.
He graduated St. George Catholic H.S. in 1954, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955, and was stationed in Kodiak from 1956-1960. He was Honorably discharged in 1961.
In September 1960, he married the love of his life, Edna Shuravloff (Tootsie). They were married for 41 years before she passed in 2001. In their early years, Phil worked for Mack truck of Pittsburgh as a diesel mechanic. Every summer he drove his family to Kodiak to fish and to see his in-laws, whom he loved very much. In 1973, the family of seven moved to Kodiak permanently. Mikey, the last of their six kids, was born several years later. Phil owned and operated Phil’s E & B Motors on Mission Road and was there when he wasn’t fishing or at home. He worked hard to support his family, teaching them about the importance of community service and helping others. A generous man and excellent cook, his ham dinners and lasagna made the Ferris’ a second home for those who did not have family nearby.
He volunteered to cook on holidays and events for the Elks, American Legion and the V.F.W.
Phil was a member, former Manager, and Past Exalted Ruler of the Kodiak Elks Lodge #1772 and Post 17 American Legion Member.
His boats — The Left Cape, The Dolphin and The Lady Edna — fished salmon and halibut, and made hunting trips in the fall with both family and friends.
He was known as Papa to his grandkids, and to anyone who asked him what he liked to be called. He was a proud family man. We love and miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Ferris, his parents, brother, Joe Jr. Sisters, Claire Grieves and Alice Maroney.
He is survived by his sister Adelaide Davis of Pittsburgh, His kids, Phil Ferris Jr., Martha Branson (Steve), Laura Koch (Marty), Nicole Lundy (Kenny), Chris Warren (Randy), Mike Ferris (Cally), 18 grandkids, nine great grandkids, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be Oct. 26, 2019, at the Kodiak Mortuary.
Condolences may be sent to
Ferris Family C/O
Martha Branson PO Box 451 Kodiak, AK 99615