Farewell Phil

Philip Gerald Newey
February 20, 1949 ~ April 26, 2024

Very sad to report the recent passing of Gerry Newey’s oldest son Phil, after a long illness.

A larger than life personality, Phil had managed to keep his health issues from the rest of us, so it was quite a shock to hear that he had left us.

Condolences to his family, especially son Sean and daughter Melissa, and to his brother Bruce and family. He will leave a big gap in the wider Newey whanau.

It was Phil who was the keeper of his father’s WW2 history; an old suitcase in his L.A. garage, with Gerry’s flying log book, diary, photographs and keepsakes that formed the basis of this website. We owe Phil for his efforts in scanning and photographing and sharing this treasure trove.

It was a highlight for me back in 2013 when Phil and his son Sean met up with Gerry’s old crewmate, Flight Engineer Doug Williamson for the first time. So special to re-establish this 75-year old connection.

Phil and Dougie, 17 September 2013.
– Chris Newey.

Go well mate, you will be sorely missed.

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