Standish resident, businessman dies of cancer
STANDISH — According to Sterling resident Colleen Irving, Tim Phillips, owner of PQ’s Stadium Pizza in Standish, helped out the Standish-Sterling community in many different capacities.
Now, Irving said, it is time for the community to give back and help Phillips’ family and friends. Phillips died Monday, Nov. 22, after a battle with cancer.
To that end, American Legion Post No. 104 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3724 are sponsoring a benefit spaghetti dinner for Phillips from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the American Legion Post No. 104 Hall, located on M-76 in Standish.
Irving, who is one of the organizers for the dinner, said proceeds from the benefit are earmarked for Phillips’ medical and funeral expenses. She said she first met Phillips when he moved to Standish about 21 years ago.
“We happened to get involved in the same activities,” she said.
Irving said Phillips served in the United States Army for two years during the Vietnam era, although she added that he did not serve directly in Vietnam. Also, Irving said Phillips owned his pizzeria for about 20 years and was especially involved with helping the Standish-Sterling schools.
According to Irving, Phillips provided pizza for the Standish-Sterling Central High School Booster Club to raise money for the school’s concession stands. In addition, she said he provided pizza to the reading class at Standish Elementary School, and took students from age kindergarten on up into his pizzeria to teach them how to make a pizza.
However, Phillips’ community involvement was not limited to the schools, according to Irving. She said Phillips was involved in the Head Start program as well as Arenac Opportunities, and would often hire people through the Arenac Opportunities program. Irving said Phillips received several awards from Arenac Opportunities for his service to the program.
In addition, Irving said Phillips and his wife, Sandra, played Santa and Mrs. Claus at the VFW Hall for rehabilitation group homes for 10 years, and Phillips also played Santa for children at the American Legion Hall. According to Irving, Phillips also did a lot of work with the Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, and AMVETS.
“He’s been an all-around good person,” Irving said of Phillips.
For more information on the fundraiser, please contact Irving at 989-654-3403.