AUBURN — James C. Phillips, 80, of Auburn, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 at Vasser Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, with his loving family at his side.

He was born in Auburn, the son of the late James D. and Dora Festa Phillips. He went to Holy Family School. He graduated cum laude from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, Calif. During Jim’s lifetime he worked for Deutch Company and was instrumental in designing a Deutch Connector that was used on the first spacesuit that went into space and is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. He also worked for Sterling Optical and Bonneau Optical. Jim cherished the times spent with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving children: son, James C. (Colleen) Phillips II, of Idaho; daughter, Tina (Jim) Plass, of Highland, N.Y.; four granddaughters, Leah (Cody) Wolff, Molly Phillips, LeeAnna Plass, and Morgan (D.J.) Joe; four great-grandchildren, Preston, Emma, Davion, and Jordan; as well as his good friend, Bill Butera, and numerous cousins.

Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday morning, with services to immediately follow at noon all at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in James memory to the Mathew Home, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021.

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