NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL and HUDSON FALLS – Michael E. Philion, 51, a long time resident of North Miami Beach, FL and most recently of Hudson Falls, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015, surrounded by his family and friends at the home of his sister.
Born on October 24, 1964, in Glens Falls, he was the eldest son of Donald and Shirley (Hartwell) Philion.
After graduating from Hudson Falls High School in 1982, Michael enrolled and successfully completed the Nursing Program at Adirondack Community College in 1984. He began his career at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, NY as a Registered Nurse. In 1987 he began a 28 year nursing career at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. Michael loved caring for others whether working on a med/surg floor, in the OR, cardiac cath lab and most recently in the Interventional Radiology lab at Memorial. His compassion for others was evident and felt by all.
Michael loved the fall season, making yearly visits to pick fresh apples to bring back to Florida. He always enjoyed, when he was able, to be home for Thanksgiving and Christmas to share the holidays with his family. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of completing a medical mission with a group of physicians from the Florida area, traveling to Peru, South America in May of 2014. This group of dedicated doctors and nurses helped change the lives of 88 men, women and children during their five day stay.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Everett and Geneva Philion and maternal grandparents, Walter Hartwell and Marion (Hartwell) LaFountian
In addition to his parents he is survived by his sisters, Ann Doerffel and her husband, David of Warmnister, Pennsylvania, Susan Philion of Hudson Falls, Theresa Philion of Queensbury and Jeanne Philion-Nichols and her husband, Brian of Queensbury, and his brothers, Charles Philion and his partner, Bill Gardy of Albany and Donald J. Philion, Jr., of Gansevoort. He was the beloved uncle of Katherine (Katie) and her husband, Justin Lee of South Glens Falls, Corporal John T. Doerffel USMC, stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA, Elizabeth and Patrick Nichols and Nathan Philion, all of Queensbury. He was especially close to his great-nephew, Maxwell Lee of South Glens Falls. He is also survived by his longtime friend and partner Gary Youngkin of North Miami Beach, Florida, in addition to aunts, uncles, cousins, childhood friends and his Memorial Regional Hospital family, in Hollywood Florida, where he was well liked and respected by hundreds of friends and colleagues.
Family and friends may call on Monday, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. on Tuesday, at St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls.
The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in the town of Kingsbury.
A celebration in Michael’s honor will be held at the Fort Edward Fire House, immediately following the Rite of Committal.
Michael was a kind and generous soul with the biggest heart in the world. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed. He was an amazing example of how to live with dignity and grace, humbly, never complaining during this 8 month illness which he fought so valiantly. We are profoundly grateful for the loving care his dear friend and partner Gary Youngkin gave to him during his illness, and for the exceptional care and compassion he received from Dr. Grubbs and staff during his brief stay on Tower 2 at GFH and the staff from High Peaks Hospice, especially Heather, Stacey, and Carol.
In lieu of flowers the family has suggested that donations be made to the Lustgarten Foundation (working to Cure Pancreatic Cancer), 1111 Stewart Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714 or High Peaks Hospice, 79 Glenwood Ave, Queensbury, NY 12804.
“A heart is not judged by how much you love,
But by how much you are loved by others.