Philip ‘Phil the Barber’ Sabella – Burrillville

Philip ‘Phil the Barber’ Sabella – Burrillville

Philip “Phil the Barber” Sabella, 91, of Pascoag, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 27. He was the beloved husband of Carol (Stevens) Sabella. They have been married for 48+ years.

Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Nichola and Amelia (Testa) Sabella. He had lived in Pascoag for over 60 years previously living in Smithfield.

Phil served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had owned several retail businesses in Greenville (Prestige Shop, Pace Setter Job Lot) as well as being a renowned barber (Phil’s Barber Shop). Phil was a NASCAR racing enthusiast/memorabilia collector, loved snow skiing, adored his coy pond, boating and spending Sunday afternoons with his family at Pascoag Lake; otherwise he was frequently found joking around with his many close friends or handling a project around his home or at the store.

He served as a board member of the Greenville Water District, a member of the Smithfield Zoning Board, an active Democratic Party Town Committee member, a Grand Knight (Knights of Columbus) and active member of the Korean War Veterans Association. Phil loved all New England sports teams and never missed watching a NASCAR race.

He was the loving father of Steven P. Sabella and his wife, Susan, of Charlestown, and Sharon Toner and her husband, Frank, of Narragansett; stepfather of Donna (Menard) Shulze and her husband, Albert, of Springfield, Mass., Michelle (Menard) Allaire and her husband, Phillip, of Putnam, Conn., Diane (Menard) Verrocchio of Caldwell, Idaho, and Guy S. Menard of Coventry; like a father to Linda (Wicklund) Schilling and her husband, Fred; devoted grandfather of Christian Menard, Renee Salgado and her husband, Joshua, Jordan Shulze, Brendan Connolle, Adam Segee and his wife, Leigh-Ann, Kyle Segee, Travis Segee and his wife, Heather, Michael Toner and his wife, Joy, Amanda Toner, and John Toner; beloved brother of Tina (Sabella) Tellier, Mary (Sabella) Wicklund and brother-in-law to Joan (Ducharme) Sabella.

Phil was also survived by many wonderful nieces and was ‘Pop-Pop’ to 12 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Nicholas “Nick” Sabella, his brothers-in-law, Ronald Tellier and Weston Wicklund, his nieces Nicole (Sabella) McConnell and Sandra Wicklund and his grandson LTjg. Francis L. “Frankie” Toner IV, CEC, USN (KIA).

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation on Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Anderson Winfield Funeral Home, Route 44, at Greenville Common, Greenville. Face masks must be worn. Funeral Home occupancy limits will be adhered to during visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 5, at 10 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, 183 Sayles Ave., Pascoag. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, limited seating, social distancing guidelines and face masks must be worn during Mass. Burial with Military Honors will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Pascoag, at 11 a.m. to which everyone is invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of his brother, Nicholas “Nick’ Sabella (Past Chief), may be made to the Pascoag Fire Department, 105 Main St., Pascoag, RI 02859, Pascoag Fire Department, or St. Joseph’s Church, 183 Sayles Ave., Pascoag, RI 02859, St. Joseph Church.

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