Phil Reeves, a long time Wilton resident, U.S. Army veteran, and professional firefighter who served the Westport and Bridgeport communities, will be laid to rest this Saturday, February 18th in an 11:00am service at St. Matthew’s Church at 36 New Canaan Road, Wilton.
Reeves was a widely known and respected member of the Wilton community. Because of that, as well as his lengthy service as an Army Aviator and a firefighter, a very large crowd of mourners is expected to attend Saturday’s service. In addition to family and friends, several hundred uniformed military and firefighting personnel will be at St. Matthew’s that morning.
The ceremony will begin with a funeral procession departing from the Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk at 10:30am and arriving at St. Matthew’s Church, around 10:50am. The procession will have a police escort provided by the Norwalk and Wilton Police Departments, and will pass beneath a large American flag suspended over New Canaan Road by ladder trucks from the Wilton and Westport fire departments. Following the ceremony, there will be a 21 gun salute followed by the presentation of the folded casket flag to his wife Robyn.
While the family has respectfully requested that the press not cover in the church service, the funeral procession and flag presentation are both visual and unique.
Members of the press covering the procession event are requested to report to the public information office, which will be located in a vehicle parked on Bayberry Lane – across from St. Matthew’s Church on New Canaan Road.
The Reeves family and the visiting U.S. Army and Firefighting members appreciate your interest while we celebrate the life of this outstanding man who gave so much to his country, his town, and his community