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'Pete truly loved representing his district'

Posted Monday, January 14, 2013, at 7:38 AM

In an opinion column last month about the passing of former State Rep. Clarence "Pete" Phillips, I mentioned Doris O'Neil, who was his administrative assistant at Legislative Plaza.

I got an e-mail over the weekend from Mrs. O'Neil, and she's given me permission to share it with you:

Hello, John:

It has been a while since we last met in 20 Legislative Plaza, office of Calendar and Rules Committee at the state Legislatuve. Yes, it was a committee office, but, just as importantly, the office of Chairman Pete Phillips. As we all know, Pete was a strong chairman and leader. From my point of view, he was great to work for, and I'm sure the many interns we had over the years, would agree. He presided over his commttee in a firm, fair manner.

It always was a pleasure to have the people from Shelbyville and Bedford County come in for visits. I felt many of them became my friends, and it was nice to talk to our visitors and to be of assistance whenever possible. Pete truly loved representing his district.

It was a very good experience working with Pete Phillips. He and Faith were wonderful and kind to me. Many of us feel he was the right man for the times. His stories will be remembered by those who heard them. He was proud of his military service in World War II. He was very proud of his family. Warm hearted and blessed with a big sense of humor we will miss him and remember him well, and, perhaps, with a smile.

Best regards to you,

Doris O'Neil

P.S. Unfortunately, my travels to California for the holidays prevented me from attending the services.

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