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Philip R. Tucker

Philip R. Tucker

Philip Roderick Tucker of New Rochelle, NY passed away at home amidst his family on Friday, February 18, 2022. He was 87. Educated at Scio Central School and SUNY Fredonia, Phil had a 44-year-long career as a broadcast journalist in both radio and television, working as a writer, editor, producer and newscaster. His career took him from upstate New York where he was teaching music before joining the staff of WLSV(Wellsville, NY) as a newscaster. With this new career direction, he began working his way downstate and
moved on to WGVA (Geneva, NY) then WTLB (Utica, NY) before heading to New York City where he worked as a news editor and broadcaster for WMCA, WNEW and NBC News. Transitioning from radio to TV news, he worked at WCBS-TV and finally WABC-TV Eyewitness News, where his co-workers referred to him fondly as “Uncle Phil.” Among his notable achievements was his award-winning 23-segment special report, At Freedom’s Door: The New Immigrants in 1986, which he researched, wrote, edited, directed and produced. Phil was a talented self-taught musician who began playing the cornet in his father’s dance band at age 9. He later formed his own combo to help support his college education. Attracted to all kinds of music, he was equally at home plucking his 5-string banjo, or sitting in a concert hall enjoying the opera or a philharmonic. His special relaxation was playing his keyboard and listening to big band music. An avid enthusiast of many hobbies including amateur/ham radio, sailing, photography (darkroom, still, 8mm home movies and video), aerospace, astronomy and travel, he enjoyed packing up his telescope for his annual trek to Cape Cod away from the city lights. He was a licensed pilot for small aircraft and belonged to several aviation and amateur radio organizations. Working on his collection of WWII model airplanes, a craft he shared with his brother, was always a pleasurable pastime as were memorable hours spent puttering in his shop or garage, often inventing handy gadgets for his family. Committed to helping ease world hunger, Phil was a dedicated volunteer at HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle until his health curtailed his activities. He was also an animal lover, especially of rescues, and treasured many family dogs, cats and other pets over the years. But his greatest love and pride was his family of women – beloved wife of 62 years (whom he met while both were working at WGVA) and four precious daughters. He was born in Rochester, NY on June 23, 1934 to Roderick Curtis Tucker and Marion Burt Tucker (Scio, NY), both deceased. His younger siblings, James William Tucker (West Caldwell, NJ) and Shirley Tucker Benge (New Rochelle, NY), also predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Billie (Sibilla M.) Tucker (New Rochelle, NY), and his daughters, Judy (Judith M.) Tucker (NYC), Lisa F. Tucker (Boston, MA), Cyndi (Cynthia M.) Tucker (New Rochelle, NY), and Karin T. Vitatoe (Dana) (Los Angeles, CA), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, and longtime friends of more than 50 years who, though scattered, still stayed in contact via the internet. They all recount a common experience – that it is rare to meet a person like Phil, a renaissance man who showed compassion to his fellow man and animals alike. He is especially remembered with gratitude by his sister’s sons for his benevolence when it was needed. Following cremation, visitation will be at Lloyd Maxcy Funeral Home in New Rochelle on Monday, March 7 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. Flowers are welcome, or donations may be made to HOPE Community Services, Humane Society of Westchester, Essential Tremor Foundation or American Lung Association.

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