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Phil Amerman

Monday, May 29, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

11:00 AM

St. James Church



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PHIL AMERMAN September 14, 1945 - May 29, 2017 Symington Phillips Landreth Amerman, 71, died peacefully at home on Memorial Day, after a battle with esophageal cancer. Only a week before he died he was sunning himself on the beach in Longboat Key smoking his favorite cigars. The second of four children, Phil was born September 14, 1945 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, the son of The Reverend Lockhart Amerman and Louise Swain Landreth Amerman. He attended Sewickley Academy, the Salisbury School, and Princeton University (’67), where he majored in Near Eastern Studies. As early as eighth grade, Phil wanted to join the U. S. State Department and work in the Middle East. But the Viet Nam War took him first to the Far East. Phil served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Viet Nam from September 1968 to September 1969, receiving the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for valor. After his service in Viet Nam, he attended the Foreign Service Institute, and the University of Istanbul. Phil’s career with the U.S. Foreign Service and Central Intelligence Agency spanned 28 years, 22 of them at U.S. embassies and consulates in Europe and the Middle East, including Paris, France, Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, Sana’a, Yemen, Lahore, Pakistan, Beirut, Lebanon and Casablanca, Morocco. Conversant in French and Turkish, Phil enjoyed a lifelong love for languages, studying Arabic, Russian, Greek, and Urdu, with the ability to be rude or polite in several more languages. In 2002, he received an MA in Teaching from Agnes Scott College. Phil was married for a number of years to Jane Mahoney. His was an adventure-packed life of horseback-riding, sailing, scuba diving, fishing, sport shooting, judo and dart competitions, and extensive travel. He was a fine raconteur and a gracious and generous host, a lover of good food and drink. He took great pleasure in cooking and entertaining. After years of distinguished service to his government and in the private sector, Phil retired in Atlanta GA. Each summer, he joined his siblings at the Amerman family “camp” on Tupper Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Phil read extensively, keeping current on the Middle East, devouring spy novels and the Sunday New York Times, a requisite to proper living. Except for the very regrettable incident with the elephants, he led a remarkable life. Phil is survived by his brother Peter (Cynthia) and sisters Emily (Jim Vagnoni) and Lucy (Jackson Haas), nieces Lyn Brabant and Anna Bullock (Joe Sullivan), and nephews Alexander Amerman, Ethan Bullock (Jeni Moeller), William Vagnoni, and Peter Vagnoni. A service of remembrance will be held on August 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. James Church, 225 Walnut St. Bristol, PA 19007, followed by a celebration of his life at the King George Inn.

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The Fischer Family would like to extend their sincere condolences and sympathies during this difficult time.
Dingy, C.B. And Robin HaysAug 7 2017 09:37 pm
Peter, Tabby and Lucy: Our hearts are heavy with the news of Phil. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Even though Phil left for boarding school when we were in grade school, we can remember him perched on your frontier fence playing army or cowboys and indians. He was on the lookout for the enemy. And we remember him as a participant in services at our St Francis Cemetery for animal in our backyard. Of course Hi and Peter were the officiants! We will always hold the Amerman family in a special place in our hearts. With love from your across the street childhood neighbors, Dingy, C.B. and Robin
Jack and Vicki HelwickJul 18 2017 02:04 pm
Our sincerest condolences to your family in the loss of Phil. We served at the Consulate in Istanbul at the same as Phil, and considered him a dear friend. Phil was a superb cook, a fine bridge and dart player, and a connoisseur of all things middle-eastern. Those who serve abroad together develop a strange bond that is not diminished by the span of time. Even though we haven’t seen Phil in years, we will miss him as though we’d just had lunch at Rejan’s in Istanbul when we received the news of his passing. He will be greatly missed.
Donna WintersJul 9 2017 04:08 pm
Please accept my sincere condolences. I am so very sorry to learn of Phil's passing. We served 3 years together in Istanbul and remained friends for 40 years. However, recently it became more difficult to keep in touch, he was always in my thoughts. Phil was a great guy, great friend, and an exceptional officer. He was a gift to all who knew him, and was highly respected by those who worked with him. His intellect and talents were joys to behold. Phil is in my prayers always. God bless you all. Yours sincerely, Donna Winters
Brian J. O'ConnorJul 8 2017 04:14 pm
I was one of Phil's colleagues in the CIA. We were classmates in the Career training program when we first joined the agency. Later we were both in Paris at the same time. Phil was widely respected as a very loyal friend and as a man who spoke his mind. He was never afraid to stand up for what he thought was right and to speak against what he thought was wrong. He will be missed by many. Brian J. O'Connor
R. Britton ColbertJun 26 2017 04:21 pm
I remember Phil from Troop 98 of the Sewickley Presbyterian Church and of course the entire Amerman Family, of whom we all admired and loved. In fact, our family always sat directly behind the Amermans during Sunday services. The wonderful people we cherish the most are the hardest to lose but the fond memories will endure, as the other notes so well depict. Karen & I send our blessings to all of the Amerman Family. Britt Colbert, Delray Beach, June 26, 2017
Dick HullJun 23 2017 06:32 pm
I was jolted by the news of Phil's death, and am quite sad for Peter, Tabby and Lucy, old friends one and all. I have fond memories of Phil going back to the mid-fifties. One fun memory I have is of Phil taking a home movie of Peter and me, sporting beards, in August of 1963 when we docked at Montreal after a rollicking summer European trip. Phil was one good guy and will be sorely missed. He sure left his mark. My deepest sympathy to his siblings and all other family members.
AndreaJun 11 2017 08:32 am
I am very sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in the promises God gives us for a better future. John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:3, 4. The Bible can help us in every aspect of our life, to know more visit JW.ORG
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