Phillip V. Leach, age 93, died Saturday, March 24. 2018 at the Togus Springs Hospice Center at the Togus VA Hospital following a long illness. He was born in South Penobscot, ME on October 24, 1924 a son of the late Urban F. and Doris M. (Sands) Leach.
Mr. Leach was a 1942 graduate of Hallowell High School and attended the University of Maine at Augusta. At Hallowell High School he played football, basketball and baseball and captained the baseball team his senior year. Following his military service he played catcher for several decades on local area town baseball teams.
Phillip enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1942 shortly after his high school graduation. He served aboard the Arundel during the Battle of the Atlantic (Greenland Patrol) as a signalman 2nd class. Following D-Day he shipped out to the Pacific Theater on board the Sussex, which he helped pilot through the Panama Canal. During his WWII service he earned the WWII Victory Ribbon, the American Campaign Ribbon, the Eastern Campaign Ribbon, the European Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon and the Coast Guard Good Conduct Ribbon.
Mr. Leach had been employed for 30 years at New England Telephone.
He was a communicant of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a member of the Hallowell Masonic Lodge, Goodrich-Caldwell Post American Legion in Hallowell, the Telephone Pioneers and was very active in Hallowell Farmingdale Little League, later Hall-Dale Little League. He also coached in Gardiner American Legion Baseball, Augusta Babe Ruth Baseball (in his 80s), and the Hall-Dale Pee-Wee Basketball League.
Mr. Leach was pre-deceased by a step-son, Ronald R. Bechard and a sister, Marcia Robertson as well as her husband, Ralph.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Patricia C. (Moro) Leach of Hallowell; his son, David Leach and his wife Jayne of Hallowell; five grandchildren: Amy Abbott and her husband Shane of Farmingdale, Ryan Leach of Maynard, MA and his fiancée Marie Giroux of Montreal, Canada, Michael Bechard and his wife Aly of Augusta, Bart Bechard and his wife Jennifer of Hallowell and Derek Bechard and his wife Jennifer of Augusta, 9 great grandchildren, a step-daughter-in-law, Linda Bechard of Reafield, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
At his request, there will be no public visiting hours. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 7th at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hallowell. Burial will be held later this spring in Hallowell Cemetery.
Those who desire may make donations to: Hall-Dale Little League, PO Box 364, Hallowell, ME, 04347.