Richard “Rick” Phillips

by | Jun 17, 2024 | Obituaries

CHESAPEAKE – Richard “Rick” Phillips passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70 on June 4 at his home. 

Born on May 31, 1954, in Paterson, N.J., to parents William Phillips Jr. and Kathryn Vanderstad, Rick grew up in Norfolk, where he attended Lake Taylor High School.

On July 27, 1979, he married the love of his life, Sherry Phillips. Rick dedicated his career to the automotive industry, working as a mechanic, service writer, and tool and parts salesman. He also owned and ran two successful automotive repair shops. He was a well-known figure in the Hampton Roads automotive community, along with his brothers.

Rick had a passion for NASCAR racing, fishing, and golfing. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Sherry Phillips; his daughter, Melissa Best (Christopher); his son, Chad Phillips (Benjamin); and three grandchildren, Parker, Abigail, and Ethan Best. He also leaves behind his brothers Bill Phillips (Marilyn), Barry Phillips, and Mike Phillips (Lori), as well as many nieces and nephews. Rick loved his family fiercely and was immensely proud of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments.