Philip J. McGovern, 89, of Iselin, passed away Monday May 15, 2017 after a lengthy illness.
Born and raised in Corona, Queens, he joined the Navy during WWII in May of 1945 and was honorably discharged in July of 1946. He met the love of his life, Candy, at a church dance in 1947. They were married in 1953 and bought a home in Wantagh, Long Island in 1956, where they resided until moving to Iselin in 1962. There, they raised their family of four children. His family always came first. He worked very hard to send all his children to college, and was especially proud that they all graduated from Seton Hall University. All were married at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University.
Philip was a great husband, father and pop-pop. He was called Mr. Fix-it because he could master any project and had numerous mechanical, carpentry and plumbing skills. He was a pillar of strength, always offering wise advice and was admired for his witty sense of humor.
Phil retired from NJ Transit in 1989 after 42 years of service.
He was a communicant of St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Iselin for 55 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0471 in Iselin. Philip was an avid Yankees fan, having visited the stadium many times with his family.
He is predeceased by his precious son Christopher Philip McGovern (d.1995) and his precious daughter Marianne Engel (d.2006); his siblings John McGovern, Michael McGovern, Francis McGovern, Maryalice Broussard, Patricia McGovern and Evelyn Joan McGovern
Surviving are his devoted wife of 64 years, Carmel "Candy" McGovern (nee Quinn); two loving daughters Carolyn Wojcik and her husband Greg of Manalapan and Trish Allen and her husband Bill of Howell; son-in-law Neil Engel and daughter-in-law Rosemary McGovern; one brother William McGovern of Huntington, Long Island; four cherished grandchildren Philip and Katie Engel and Melissa and Liam Allen and many caring nieces and nephews.
The funeral will take place Friday at 9:15 am at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Ave (Rt.27) Metuchen followed by a 10:00 am Funeral Mass at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Iselin.