We are saddened to share the news of Phil Carlson’s unexpected passing. Phil joined Rotary in 1970. When he moved to Sturbridge to serve as manager of the local J.C. Penney store, Phil transferred his membership to the Sturbridge Club. Phil quickly became a well-respected Rotarian and served in many capacities during his nearly 50 years as a member of Rotary. He served as president from 1986-1987 and served on numerous Rotary committees, most recently on the Scholarship Committee. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow recognition for his efforts, loyalty, and participation. Phil enjoyed the contact of Rotarians and was always quick to volunteer for fundraising events and for hosting one or more members of the Group Study Exchange Program. He and his wife, Astri, attended many District Conferences as well as Rotary International Conferences in Australia, France, Scotland and Argentina. Phil epitomized the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. He will be held in high esteem and greatly missed not only by his Rotary family, but by his many, many friends.