Philip Edward Penberthy, age 92, died peacefully on June 23, 2015, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Born on August 1, 1922, he was the son of Elizabeth Wardner Penberthy and Dr. Grover Cleveland Penberthy of Detroit, MI. Philip graduated from Detroit University School, Dartmouth College, class of 1944 and Tuck Business School, class of 1947. During World War ll, he was a pilot, serving as a Lieutenant (jg) in the Navy.
In 1945, Philip married Adeline Devor. They moved to Rowayton, CT in 1950 where they created a warm and happy home for their four children. Retiring to Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC, they enjoyed life among new friends until her death in 2001. In 2004, Philip married Ruth Williams. They lived in loving companionship at Carolina Meadows until she died on June 11, 2015.
Philip spent 42 years in sales, advertising and marketing, ending his career as Vice President for Marketing at Consolidated Cigar Co. In his long and productive life, his career was secondary, however, to serving the communities in which he lived. In Connecticut, he served as member and Chairman of the Norwalk Board of Education; Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Moderator and Lay Leader of the United Church of Christ; an elected member of the Norwalk City Council; member and President of the Norwalk Land Trust; and member of the Board of Directors of the Norwalk Homeless Shelter. He continued to give back when he moved to North Carolina, volunteering on numerous committees in both Fearrington and Carolina Meadows as well as spending many hours fundraising for United Way.
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He was devoted to his family who, in turn, loved him dearly. He is survived by his four children and their spouses: Cleve and his wife, Brit, of Spokane, WA, Jane and her husband, Rawle Deland, of Sarasota, FL, John and his wife, Jessica, of New York City, Ned and his wife, Maria, of Stamford, CT; eight grandchildren: Devie, Kat, Eli, Phil, Hanna, Kristen, Mats and Liz; and three great-grandsons: Jack, Rawle and Luke. His brothers, Ward and John, predeceased him.
A memorial service for both Philip and Ruth Penberthy will be held at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill on July 25 at 2 o’clock. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations in Philip’s memory be made to United Way.