Philip H. Mathias of Kennett Square

Philip H. Mathias, 83, of Kennett Square, died Thursday, March 9, at Kendal at Longwood. He was the husband of Shirley Fischer Mathias, who died in 2015, and with whom he shared 57 years of marriage.

Philip H. Mathias

Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late Russel and Stella Hoffman Mathias.

He was a district manager for customer service at Bell Telephone Co. in Upper Darby, retiring in 1990, with 35 years of service. After working at Bell Telephone Co., he worked for 18 years at H&R Block. He also was a past volunteer at Longwood Gardens.

Philip was a faithful and committed member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Unionville; prior to that, a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Broomall, for 30 years.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and was an avid Philadelphia sports fan for all the teams.

At Reading High School, he was an outstanding athlete. While attending Yale University, he played football and baseball, receiving many awards for his athletic ability. In 2013, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

He is survived by one son, Mark F. Mathias and his wife Laura of Rochester, N.Y.; two daughters, Marcy L. Wisbauer and her husband Kenny of Charlottesville, Va. and Sharon L. Mathias of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, Larry Mathias and his wife Joyce of Stuart, Fla.; five grandchildren, Andrew Mathias and his wife Allison, Jeremie Mathias, Kevin Mathias, Katie Wisbauer and Kelli Wisbauer and two great-granddaughters, Samantha Mathias and Kate Mathias.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 109 East Doe Run Road (& Route 82), Unionville. His memorial service will follow at 2. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution in Philip’s memory may be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 178, Unionville, PA  19375.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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