Bruce “Utah” Phillips
On Sat, 24 May 2008 18:39:32 -0400, Ken Irwin wrote:
>This is being forwarded from the Folk Alliance list
>I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. I got the news
>from our mutual friend Haywire Brack, that Bruce ‘U. Utah’
>Phillips passed away last night in his sleep, ending a roughly
>ten year bout with congestive heart failure. Other than
>those bare facts, not much is known.
Well, we know he was an individual, willing to stand up for causes he
felt were just and to defend others who were attacked. We know he
was a fine performer and song writer, with a real talent for the
turning of a phrase and the lilt of a melody. We know he placed people
and ideals first, before the almighty dollar. We know he offered his
best and that he complained little about the debillitating illness
he suffered for the past ten years.
He did what he could. He did it elegantly, with love and with grace.
When I used to call him & he wasn’t home, his phone machine
offered the following message: “Woof! woof! woof-woof-woof!, woof!” <tone….>
May you rest in peace Bruce, and may I see you on the next north-bound freight.