Philip F. Ellian, of Fredonia, age 87, died Thursday March 13, 2014 at Brooks Memorial Hospital. Phil was born January 14, 1927 in Bismarck, North Dakota to the late Alphonso Philip Ellian and Florence Fitzpatrick Ellian. His family moved to Springville New York where they lived for two years and then to Buffalo where Phil graduated from Bennett High School.
After high school graduation, at the age of 18, Phil served in the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1945-1947 on board a Liberty ship, which helped supply foreign countries during and after WWII.
Following WWII, Phil attended and graduated from Buffalo’s Canisius College in 1951 with a bachelor’s in accounting. Following his graduation from Canisius College, Phil served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX.
He then went to work for Niagara Therapy in Brocton for many years. He later became a Certified Public Accountant and conducted his own accounting business for over 30 years in Fredonia. Phil was also a Certified Financial Planner. He was a lecturer in accounting for both Jamestown Community College and Fredonia State University for a number of semesters.
An avid sportsman, he enjoyed various sports including tennis, golf, ping pong and sailing. At one time he sailed a Lighting at the Dunkirk Yacht Club. For a number of years he was the varsity men’s and women’s tennis coach at SUNY Fredonia. He was a real aficionado of local sports, especially the baseball and basketball teams at SUNY Fredonia. When his sons were younger he helped coach their Little League teams. He also loved poetry and knew many poems by heart. He credited his love of poetry to his mother and his keen sense of business to his dad. Phil was a long-time member of St. Joseph’s Church in Fredonia.
On June 5, 1971 he married the former Jeanette Morris in Valparaiso, Indiana. They had met the year before in Madrid, Spain. They were married 42 years at the time of Phil’s death. Besides his wife Jeanette, Phil is survived by three children; Laura Ellian of Dunkirk, Michael Ellian of Alexandria, Virginia, and Mark Ellian of La Porte, Indiana; two grandchildren; Dylan Pieszak of Dunkirk and Drew Ellian of La Porte, Indiana; and his brother, Richard Ellian, of Denver, Colorado; Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Cottrell Ellian. In addition, Phil leaves behind his many friends including the Three Acre Cottage Friends, his ping pong pals and golf buddies. He was a devoted husband, father, and was a true gentleman. There will be memorial calling hours at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home and a Memorial Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Fredonia later in the spring. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions in Phil’s memory may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 145 E. Main St., Fredonia, NY 14063. For more information, to view a family slide show, or to make on-line condolences please visit the Larson- Timko Funeral Home website. Arrangements by Da-vid J. Dengler.