portrait picture for Philip Walker Reeves

Wake:Friday, February 17, 2017, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.Service:Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT.Interment:Private.Contributions:In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the USO, or the veteran’s service organization of your choice.

Philip Walker Reeves


July 15, 1959 ~ February 7, 2017

Philip Reeves lost his battle with cancer on February 7, 2017.     Born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 15, 1959 to the late Courtney H. Reeves Jr. and Sarah S. Reeves.  He moved to Wilton in 1962 and remained there for most of his life, attending Wilton Public Schools.  As a member of the Wilton Volunteer Fire department, Phil found his lifelong passion, becoming a firefighter with the Westport Department in 1980, where he remained for six years, at which point he joined the United States Army, to earn his wings as an Army Aviator.

After completing his active obligation, which included a tour in the Republic of Korea, Phil transferred to the Massachusetts National Guard, where he remained until his death, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 5 as the State Aviation Safety Officer.  Phil served two tours in Iraq as a MEDEVAC helicopter pilot.  In 1994, Phil joined the Bridgeport Fire Department, earning promotions to Pumper Engineer and Fire Lieutenant, retiring in 2016.  Phil served the Bridgeport Fire Department as Firefighter, Engineer, Training Officer, Safety Officer, and Battalion Chief’s Aide. Phil earned a Bachelor’s of Science in History and a Masters in Homeland Security and Disaster Management.

Phil married the light of his life and soulmate, Robyn Hapke in 1994, who survives him.  Also surviving him are his daughter Rebecca of Keene, New Hampshire and son Isaac of Wilton.  He is survived by his mother Sarah, of Walpole New Hampshire, sister Leslie Kanerva of Springfield, Vermont; sister Cynthia and her partner Ray Ruseckas of Walpole, NH; and brother Ted, of Springfield, Vermont.

As a proud veteran, Phil was a life member of the VFW, the United States Army Warrant Officer Association, the National Guard Association of the United States and the Army Aviation Association of America.  Phil was also a proud member of Bridgeport Firefighter’s Local 834.

The visitation will be held at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT on Friday February 17, 2017 from 4 to 8 pm. The funeral service will be held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 48 New Canaan Road, Wilton, CT on Saturday February 18, 2017 at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bridgeport Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the USO, or the veteran’s service organization of your choice.

  1. The Wilton High School Class of 1977 would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Reeves family on Phil’s passing.
    Phil will forever remain in our hearts and in our lives as a member of our class.
    We were fortunate to have him with us and woven in to our experiences growing up in Wilton.
    He will be truly missed.

    February 14, 2017
    Peter Jordan -
  • Phil was a special man. I got to know him later in life as we did not socialize in high school. We talked a lot about kids and Cape Cod. I know how much he loved Arnolds on the Cape for seafood. I admire the way he handled his cancer and never ever complained (at least not on Facebook). He is a bright star and I am sure he is shining down upon all of us. RIP until we all meet again.

    February 14, 2017
    Betsy Stevenson -
  • Phil was an incredible man who I consider myself lucky to reconnect with after age 50. An incredible family man who did TWO tours of duty in Iraq after the age of 40. I am honored to have known him and wish peace and comfort to his family that he no longer has to suffer. RIP Phil, we will always love you.

    February 14, 2017
    Gerd Semmelroggen -
  • I caught up with Phil at one of our Wilton “mini-reunions”. After talking with him for a while about his family, career and education, I found myself smiling – with sheer pride – at what he was telling me he had been doing since high school and how he felt about it all. I went home that night thinking, “what a shining star”, and reflected on our conversation several times since with others. Phil, I am proud to have known you and to have had a chance to hear about your accomplishments and relationships, and how you lived, so fully. You are truly an inspiration and will be so missed, by so many.

    February 14, 2017
    Liane Bernard -
  • CWO Air Combat Medical Pilot.
    Takes a very special man to do that job. The countless people he helped in both aspects of his life.
    Phil taught more than one person could learn in lifetime. Went out of his way to contact my younger brother years ago while they both were in Al Asad.
    Phil being a chopper pilot and my brother a Combat Medic both men of a different cloth.

    Easy ride into Valhalla Phil you sure as hell deserve it.
    To his family especially his children, your father is one of a kind, there are VERY few men of his kind. To lay down one’s life so others may live is what he stood for. Few men have that much love in their heart.
    My prayers to you both and your mother.

    February 14, 2017
    jj_healy@msn.com -
  • The last chance I had to reconnect in-person with Phil was at our classmate Geeb’s funeral…he told me how he had made his decision to join the Army…that he had a better shot at becoming a helicopter pilot there than in any other branch of service. You could just see his eyes light up when he started telling me all about it, doing tours in Iraq, even the training was exciting for him…and we got talking about the fire department as well.

    He had a real passion for the things he loved to do and it was great to see that he had found not only his passion in life, but also a wonderful life with Robyn.

    Peace Phil !

    February 14, 2017
    Peter Jordan -
  • I remember Phil as a teenager as we listened for plectron radio alerts of fires calling out the volunteers and hanging out at the Wilton Firehouse. Phil’s actions and life of service to others proved he was a rare individual. I am proud to have known Phil, Godspeed to eternal life and prayers for consolation to all his family and friends.

    February 14, 2017
    Brian DeMaria -
  • Remember Phil from high school. What accomplishments he had achieved though his life. So many friends, such special memories. Prayers to your family during this time. Peace to you!!!

    February 15, 2017
    Debbie (Cowham) Conklin -
  • Phil was a great guy.I will never forget the winter trip we took to Vermont as children,hunting in the woods.Go in peace Phil.

    February 17, 2017
    Andy Mott -
  • Love is not an easy feeling to put into words. Nor is loyalty, or trust or joy. But he was all of these. He loved life completely and he lived it intensely….and I will miss his friendship and wisdom immensely. Rest in peace dear Phil.

    February 18, 2017
    Dr. Margaret A. Reed -
  • I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to the entire Reeves family.

    February 20, 2017
    Cathy (Brown) Lemin -
  • Cared for Phil one night a few weeks ago in the hospital. What a humble courageous man you are Phil. I’m sure you were welcomed with open arms. God bless your family with peace and beautiful memories of you.

    February 22, 2017
    Mary -
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