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December 2, 1927 ~ December 10, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Phil was welcomed into this world on Dec. 2nd, 1927, by Frank and Concepcion Ferrel in Jackson, California. He has 3 sisters Juanita, Sally and Mary, He also has three brothers, Ernie, Kiko and Salome.
He met and fell in love with Mary Lydia Romero at Barrios Market in Santa Ana. They married, moved around and settled in Santa Ana, Ca. They had four boys, Phil, Mark, Greg and Gary. Who gave them 3 beautiful wives Doreen, Toni, and Roberta. Who gave him seven grandchildren Jackie, Jessica, Jordan, Noah, Patrick, Sierra, Kristen Marie. He was and is extremely proud of all of them. He was married to Lil as he called her for almost 70 years.
Phil worked with his father making charcoal. He worked for the Irvine company as a foremen and orange chucker. He then went into landscaping working for various companies until he owned his own company.
Our father and grandfather was a very social person. He liked gatherings and doing things together. He played the trumpet and guitar in the Ferrel family band with his siblings and parents. He loved dancing, especially with Jackie. He loved it when people came to visit and talk. He bowled and he even got a 600 series. He loved bowling with Uncle Art, Jessica, Phil and his bowling buddies. He loved going to Mater Dei football games, it was a 50 year habit for him. He loved that Phil, Jessica and the family were there as well. He loved that Aunt Queta knew so much about the game and she would get so excited.
He would also ride his Arab mare with his fancy saddle and gaucho outfits in parades with his cousin Pito. He rode his bike in several marathons from Santa Ana to San Diego and from Tijuana to Rosarito. Overall, he had a very full long life. I think the thing he loved most was the years he spent coaching his boys in Valley Little League baseball. He did gloat over his boys.
Phil Ferrel - Husband, Father, Father-in-Law, Grandfather, Brother, Brother-in-Law, Uncle, and Friend will be greatly missed and remembered.