USMC veteran of Korean War
Born in Melrose on April 6, 1939, he was the son of the late Philip B. and Marguerite (Lewis) Shapleigh. He was raised in Malden and attended Malden Public Schools. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving from 1956 to 1959.
Philip was a plumber for Local No.12, for 55 years. He worked for Charles River Labs in Wilmington, Minuteman High School in Lexington and for the Boston Housing Authority.
He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 46 years. He was a Little League and Youth Soccer Coach. He was a set construction advisor for the North Reading High School. He was a member of the Masquers Club for 20 years and was a member of the Melrose Hickory Hawks Ski Club for 50 years.
Family members include his loving wife of 48 years, Jean (O’Neil) Shapleigh; his sons, Steven Shapleigh and his wife Lynne of Londonderry, N.H. and David Shapleigh and his wife Karen of Easthampton; brothers, Paul Shapleigh of Brockton, Dana Shapleigh of Bridgewater, Donald Shapleigh of Falmouth and the late Kenneth Shapleigh; his sister, Arlene Learned of New Hampshire; grandchildren, Nicholas and Caitlin Shapleigh of Londonderry, N.H. and Alenna and Julia Shapleigh of Easthampton.
His funeral was held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Magic Foundation, 6645 West North Ave., Oak Park IL 60302. www.croswellfuneralhome.com.