Phil was born Philip Paul Nappo to Philip and Julia Nappo on December 26, 1949 in Brooklyn New York. He passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at his home in Great Falls, Montana.
In his early life, Phil proudly served his country in the United States Airforce, including serving in Vietnam in the 821st Combat Security Police Squadron (safe side) at Pham Rang. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant while stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base when his military service was complete. Following his military service, Phil worked in various positions for local construction companies as well as long haul trucking businesses. He was well known for his mechanical abilities as well as a special knack for putting in grade while working on numerous construction projects around the Great Falls and surrounding areas.
Phil loved the outdoors, and especially his “critters”. Be it bobcats or ducks, he was a friend to all and father and companion to many a dog and cat. He loved horseback riding and being in the mountains. His love of the mountains led him to develop a friendship that would spark a lifelong passion for mining, which he pursued with his friend and business partner, George Kornec. George preceded Phil in death, but Phil continued to carry on the dreams born of their friendship right up until his own.
Phil was not one to back down from a fight, particularly when he was in the right, but he was also a truly kind and generous man who would do anything in the world for a friend. He was well thought of in his professional community and loved dearly by those closest to him. He is and will always be sorely missed.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lorain Arcara. He is survived by his niece Jennifer Arcara and brother-in-law Frank Arcara and by numerous friends he also considered family.
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