It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Ian 'Pumpkin' Phillips, aged 61 years, who passed away earlier this morning in Camden Hospital. Ian's wife Sue, children and family were with him in his final hours.
Ian was a Magpie man through and through. He performed the role of team manager for several Wests Magpies Junior Representative Teams, helped out in the office, participated in Wests Magpies end of year golf days and provided entertainment at Presentation Nights. (Yes he had a great voice) Ian also performed the role of ground announcer, time keeper and scoreboard attendant at Campbelltown Stadium, something he did better than any other. He was the NSW Cup time keeper at away games and performed a similar role in the time keepers box for Wests Tigers. His son Michael played for Wests Magpies and was a member of the winning relay team who competed at the NRL Grand Final a few years back.
'Vale' Ian, you will be sadly missed by all of us. You had a great community spirit, a man a big heart who loved his family.
Our deepest sympathy are extended to his family and friends.