Phillip Hirtle of Braintree died peacefully in his sleep on November 22, 2021 at the age of 96. Phil was born in 1925 in Milton, the son of Dan and Annie Hirtle. He grew up in the Wollaston section of Quincy and graduated from North Quincy High School, class of 1942. He served in the Army during World War II, including combat in Europe, where he received a Purple Heart. Upon returning to the States, he graduated from Tufts University in the class of 1949. During his long professional career, he helped several companies, including General Motors and Raytheon, adopt and manage computers for business purposes. He spent many years working at the Bird Machine Company in Walpole, from which he retired in the late 1990s.
For 64 years, Phil was the loving husband to Jean, nee Packard, Hirtle, who survives him and continues to live in Braintree. He was a wonderful and caring father to his three daughters, Beverly Hirtle of New York City; Karen Hirtle of Seville, Spain, and her husband, Enrique Rodriguez Palacios; and Phyllis Hirtle of Weymouth. He was a loving and doting grandfather to Alejandro Rodriguez Hirtle and Andrea Rodriguez Hirtle of Seville, Spain and Emily Hirtle and Andrew Hirtle of New York City. His brother, Russell Hirtle, predeceased him.
Phil enjoyed playing tennis and was a member of the Tufts University Varsity Men’s Tennis team. He enjoyed travel, including many cruises and trips to different parts of the U.S. and to Europe with Jean. He was a lifelong Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics fan.
Visiting hours will be on Friday November 26 from 4 to 7 PM at the Peck Funeral Home on Washington Street in Braintree. Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10 AM. Burial will follow at the Blue Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Greater Boston Food Bank (www.gbfb.org).
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