Phillip Brilling

Phillip J. Brilling Jr.

Wednesday, October 26th, 1921 - Friday, November 8th, 2019
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Glens Falls

Phillip J. “Phil” Brilling, Jr. passed away peacefully on Friday, November 8, 2019 after a short illness. He was 98 years old, tying the family longevity record set by his aunt Ruth Reimenschneider. He is survived by his sister, Mary Kellogg, sister-in-law Gloria Canale Brilling, nephews Phillip “Flip” Kellogg (Susan), Robert “Bobby” Kellogg (Joette), nieces Pamela Thompson, and Jaclyn A. Brilling (Michael), along with dozens of great-, great-great, and great-great-great nieces and nephews. He joins in eternal rest his father, Phillip J. Brilling, Sr., his mother, the former Genevieve Hall, his sister Helen “Joyce” Hartung, his brother John Albert “Jack” Brilling, his nephew Michael Hartung, and niece Susan “Susi” Bird.

A lifelong resident of Glens Falls, and a 1939 graduate of Glens Falls High School, Phil served with distinction in the United States Army Air Forces in the European Theater during the Second World War, including overseas duty in Greenland, Iceland, and England. He worked at the Glens Falls Insurance Company, later Continental Insurance, for 40 years, eventually serving as a supervisor in the home and automobile casualty department.

Phil’s great passions were outdoor sports, gardening, reading, current events (including his devoted consumption of all cable news output, from CNN to Al Jazeera), the Lawrence Welk Show and country music. An avid hunter and devotee of sport fishing, he took great pleasure in regular fishing trips to Montana and Labrador. His great retirement project was building a home in York Beach, Maine, with his brother, Jack, where he enjoyed extended vacations well into his nineties.

“Uncle Phil” will be missed by his loving family, who will now need to find out for themselves the daily price of a barrel of oil (which Phil could recite, with perfect accuracy, until his last days). They will carry with them the memory of his love, his warmth, his good humor, and his generosity. We know that he is looking forward to Heaven’s tremendous choice of television channels, and that he is particularly excited about the 24-hour availability of Country Music Television. We love you, we miss you, and we will see you again one day.

Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803.

A Funeral Service will be conducted following the calling hours at 1pm at the funeral home with Rev. Nancy Goff, officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral service at Pine View Cemetery, 21 Quaker Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804.

Memorial donations in Phil’s memory can be made to the Fisher House, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208, that is “home away from home” for military families and patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 29th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Friday, November 29th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, November 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, November 29th, 2019 1:00pm
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Pine View Cemetery
    Quaker Road
    Queensbury, NY 12804
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Burial will follow the funeral service at Pine View Cemetery, 21 Quaker Rd, Queensbury, NY 12804.


Donations are being accepted for: Fisher House.


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Lynn Grant-Stevens

Posted at 10:44am
I had the pleasure of working with PHIL at Continental in the late 1970's. He was very quiet and I greatly admired his work ethic. At Christmastime , as I recall, he'd bring in some delicious Fudge !!! Rest in Peace dear Phil.


janet tudor

Posted at 09:24am
To the Brilling/Kellogg family-A poignant memory of "uncle" Phil was a day not too long ago when I saw him watching a Disney Channel show with his four year old great niece. He not only gave up his usual TV routine but was engaged in watching that show with his niece as if he was enjoying it as much as she. One 98 year young uncle sitting in his chair next to his 4 year old great niece sitting in her chair both happily participating together. It showed that age doesn't have to matter. What a sweet man he was. May the special things about him live on inside your hearts forever.


Posted at 03:36pm
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29).

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