Phillip H. Blackington, 86, died at Pen Bay Medical Center on Aug. 21, 2014, almost exactly one year since the passing of his beloved sister, Leona Blackington.

Phil was born in Warren May 22, 1928; graduated from Warren High School and was later honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.

Other than his stint in the service and several months in the San Diego area, Phil lived his entire life in Maine, mostly in the Camden/Rockland area. He was devoted to his family and provided many years of loving care to his mother, Ruth “Meme” Blackington, and, in recent years, to his sister, Leona.

Phil retired after several decades from the Knox Woolen Mill where he served as a records keeper. On the side, he taught skating to large numbers of Camden-area youth and was an avid crafter, as well. Phil enjoyed house improvement projects and purchased and renovated numerous homes in coastal Maine. From an early age, it was apparent that Phil had great talent for music. He became an excellent pianist and music gave him and his audiences much enjoyment. A longtime avocation of Phil’s was flea marketing and he made many enduring friends in this activity. Humorous and gregarious, Phil delighted in entertaining his friends at Grange meetings and social gatherings.

His parents, Bertrand and Ruth Blackington, two nephews, Dana and Darrell Willey, and his sister, Leona, predeceased Phil. His nephew, Bruce Willey, and his wife, Katherine, of Coronado, Calif., and their children, Seth and Jade, survive him. He is survived by his grandniece, Melody, and a great grandniece, Taylor, of the Portland area.

A celebration of Phil’s life will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. in Thomaston.

You are invited to share your condolences, memories, and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home, Thomaston.