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Philip J “Flip” Ouellette

December 1, 1923 December 14, 2017
Philip J “Flip” Ouellette
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Philip “Flip” Ouellette of Ludlow, Mass., peacefully passed away at Baystate Hospital in Springfield on December 14 at the age of 94. A lifelong resident of Western Mass., he lived in Ludlow where he built his own house in the early ‘50s and resided there with his wife, the painter Shirley Ouellette (née Ledtke), who were married on May 21, 1949. They raised five children: David, Danny, Karen, Peter and Phil. Ouellette was born on December 1, 1923 to immigrant parents both working at the Ludlow Mills, Louis Phillipe Ouellette (from Canada) and Mary Ouellette (from Poland, née Przybycien). He attended area schools and left high school early to work (and finished his degree in the ‘50s by attending night school).
He served in World War II with the U.S. Army from March 1943 to November 1945 as a member of the 434th Troop Carrier Group. Upon returning, Ouellette became a life member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Carpenters Local No. 108 with 70 years of continuous membership. He worked as a carpenter for Unwin Overhead Door in Chicopee until he retired. He was also a member of the American Legion chapter in Ludlow (Post 52) and for many years coached baseball teams for the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club as his sons grew up and later as a practice mentor to young baseball players.
Ouellette was an avid baseball fan who religiously followed the New York Yankees through their ups and down as a franchise, and he was also very happy earlier this year when the team fired its manager, Joe Girardi. He was a good swimmer (he taught all the kids how to swim at Ludlow’s Haviland Pond), a fearless downhill skier (pushing all his kids out onto the slopes at Chickley Alps in Hawley, Mass.) and even a fine ice skater who participated in pick-up games at the ice pond he created in the backyard. He had a great sense of humor, a deep growl and loved spending time with his children.
Ouellette is survived by his wife Shirley and their children: David (wife Jennella Porter) in Eastern Mass.; Danny (wife Evantheia Schibsted) in Harlem in New York City; Karen Chenier (husband Larry Chenier) in Cape Cod; Peter (wife Cynthia Quinn) in Granby; and Phil (wife Robin Swennes) in Maine. He is also survived by grandchildren Todd (wife Kara), Jamie, Jeff, Alexis and Ben as well as great grandkids Liam and Cade. He was preceded in death by his grandchild, Ryan.
Per his request, there will no wake, funeral or memorial service. He will be buried at Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow.

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Island Pond Cemetery Final Resting Place

499 Center Street
Ludlow, Ma 01056

499 Center Street Ludlow 01056 Ma
United States
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