Rest In Peace with all of God's blessings Phil Sanchez. Your time was cut short but your life was well lived. I have fond memories of days gone by. You have made your family proud. You will be missed. Phil Payne.
I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Philip. We were good friends since the first grade at St. Stephens and our families were close. My mom and Philip Joe III went to school together. The family owned a hotel-apartment complex on Sanders Beach for a few years and we were often invited to visit and play with Philip, Kenneth, and Denise. Philip was quiet and respectful but he sure had a little craziness that always made times fun. I'll never forget the wild rides on the dunes in the Bronco. He was our star center on the football team and I can still hear his line calls after breaking huddle "Odd!" "Even!." Rest in peace Philip. You were always fun to be around and you certainly had a successful career. You will always be remembered!
Like all the Crusader Class of '74 members, I was saddened to hear of Phil's passing. I believe the number of Crusader Class of '74 members who've left us is up to 30 now (give or take), so if you're reading this count your blessings and please do your best to stick around for a while longer!!
I remember Philip from school, but I can't say I ever knew him. Prior to reading Philip's obituary on the Class of '74 web page, I'd gone online to try and find it. I never found his obit, but I found an editorial that told me all I needed to know about Philip. The editorial can be found here
I can absolutely say that I will hold Philip and his memory in highest regard for as long as I'm still above ground. It's a rare individual that stands so firmly for what they believe is right. Rarer still for an individual to stay firm in those beliefs even when their livelihood is threatened or taken away. What a courageous and illustrative act to which the rest of us can bear witness.
May Philip rest in peace and may his family find comfort in his memory.