Shannon Marie Phillips, 51, 08/02/2009

OSWEGO, NY – Shannon Marie Phillips, 51, a resident of Portland, Maine, and a former resident of Oswego, died on August 2, 2009, in Maine as a result of a whitewater kayaking accident.

Born in Auburn NY, she was the daughter of George and Sharon (Hogan) Phillips of Oswego.

She was a graduate of Oswego High School and also was a graduate of the University of Southern Maine.

In addition to kayaking, she enjoyed hiking and camping and all outdoor activities.

Besides her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Scott (Lynn) Phillips of Fulton and James “Lee” (Kate) Phillips of Las Vegas.

She was predeceased by a brother, Darren Patrick Phillips.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. from St. Mary’s Church.

Burial will be in Rural Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Dowdle Funeral Home on Thursday from 4-7 p.m.


  1. Shannon you smile and spirit will be missed by all of us. You are my sunshine!!! Friends for ever Michael and Todd

  2. We ask for long life,
    but tis deep life,
    or grand moments that signify.
    Let the measure of time be spiritual
    not mechanical.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Thanks for the many years of friendship and advise.
    I will miss you my friend.

  3. shannon’s passing was not in vain, though the pain is surely surreal to those who love her, the river which will forever on keep her spirit is one of the most beautiful places in the world, we never met shannon, but my wife and i can’t help but feel the pain as we were there that day only a few minutes after it happened before the wardens showed up, nobody told us us that someone was in trouble, we saw a man being helped by the rescue near the road, we wish they had said something about someone else being in danger. we know that river better than anyone, we wished we could have helped in some way, we will say a prayer in her honor when we return to the place we hold close to our hearts….never say goodbye – the stewarts

  4. George, Sharon & family,

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you for the loss of your daughter and sister.
    As heartbroken as we are for our recent loss, we cannot imagine what you are going thru.
    May God Bless You All.

    Love and prayers, Rose Ann & Terry Van Alstyne, Amy & Scott Dunham

  5. Bless you Shannon your spirit lives on in our hearts. Deepest sympathy to the Phillips family, I wish you to know that Shannon was a light to her friends and will keep on shining here in Portland in memory, in spirit and in our hearts.

  6. You were always the ray of sunshine on my rainy days. Your smile, the way you could bring a laugh out of me, I will always miss. I am blessed to have known you and been your friend. My thoughts and love are with your family, your cats, and our dear friend Peter. “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” -Charlie Chaplin….I never had a wasted day with you :)

  7. Shannon, You will always be in my heart. You were a great friend and I have so many fond memories of our adventures over the past 15 years. You were a wonderful member of our clan and I will miss you, your smile, your laugh and your generousity of spirit. My deepest sympathy to the Phillips family.

  8. Shannon, I looked you up today. You were my first true love and the love of my life. I am sorry I didn’t know until today that you passed. I have thought of you often and every time I pass by Oswego. I pray that you are with God. Your forever friend. +Billy

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