Woodgate- Philip Henry Rubyor, 83 of Woodgate Road passed away at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center on September 8, 2019.
He was born on May 26, 1938 in Rome, NY, a son of Henry and Ruth Wardale Rubyor. Phil attended School in Woodgate through eighth grade, then attended Forestport High School where he graduated in the class of 1955. He went on to attend Mohawk Valley Community College where he obtained an Associate Degree in Mechanical Technology. Phil entered the U.S. Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He worked on the arterial in Utica and the carpenters union for a time. He also owned and operated a school bus and drove for Woodgate and Remsen Schools. In 1978 he went to work at the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center, Utica in the carpenter shop, retiring in 1998. He also was a self employed carpenter for many years. He married Maureen Amrhein Weber, a loving relationship of 30 years. Phil was a member of the Woodgate Fire Department for 67 years, where he served as assistant fire chief. He was a very kind person and enjoyed helping people. He loved his family and animals. He also enjoyed woodworking and automobiles. He will be greatly missed by all.
Surviving are his wife, Maureen; two sons and daughter-in-law, David and Kristy and James and companion, Marian, all of Woodgate; step children, James Weber, Old Forge and Gina and Mark Nicoletta, Herkimer, NY; two granddaughters, Amy and Laura Rubyor; a great grandson, John Rubyor; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Maryann Rubyor and Mark and Stefanie Rubyor, all of Woodgate; brothers and sisters-in-law, Regina Brown, Michael Slabicki, Laurie and Ben Urgan, Brian and Robin Amrhein, Elaine Williams, Ilene and Kurt Gerrard, Kurt and Dee Amrhein, Andrea and Heidi Klokowski and Diane Malone and Derrick and many special friends including a life-long friend, Verdon (Red) Isley. He was predeceased by relatives; his parents, Henry and Ruth, John, Greg, Blaine Amrhein, Bernadette Slabicki and Tom Brown.
In keeping with Phil’s philosophy, he selflessly gifted his body to science. There are no calling hours.
In honor of his 67 years at the Woodgate Fire Department there will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2 pm at the Woodgate Fire House. Mills Funeral Home, Boonville have been entrusted with arrangements. For an online message of sympathy go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com