McInerney, Philip Michael

Philip Michael McInerney

27.10.1950 - 20.06.2020

Loved and loving husband of Marian

Loving and proud father of Rachel, Elanor and Simon

Expectant grandfather of Alma

Father-in-law of Damien and George.

Son of John and Elizabeth McInerney (dec).

Loved brother of Frances, Tricia, Elizabeth, Maureen (dec), Sheila, John (dec), Catherine and their partners.

Uncle, great uncle, and friend of many.

We will miss your wit, intelligence and humour. We will miss you.

Died following a full and adventurous life.

A service to Celebrate the Life of Philip will be live streamed on

Tuesday 30th June, 2020 from 11.00am – 12.00pm

Please find below the link to view Philip’s service.

14 Tributes

  1. Keith Adamson
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    Phil was a kind, smart and funny man and a dear friend. His contribution to the health of the MFB’s employees over many years was enormous. I will miss him terribly.

  2. Liane
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    He was God’s favorites children. We say so in Germany. He was my Pilger friend. A big Hug to his famalie. I’m so Sorry liane

  3. Trish
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    So lucky to have him as my big brother. He helped to guide me through life and our young families grew up together with laughter- and lots of outdoor activities. We explored the outdoors together- be it the Grampians, Blairgowrie, the Prom, Mallacoota and then onto Tasmania, New Zealand, Argentina, etc. He was so clever. Light reading was the History of the Roman Empire- and he blitzed the General Knowledge crossword each Saturday in the Age- his knowledge was so broad. So lucky to have him- so sad to lose him too soon. Lots of love xxx

  4. Helen Cunningham
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    It was such a pleasure to have known Phil and to be in his company , whether travelling the world or having a deep and meaningful chat over a glass or two of red.Phil loved his family and friends and we will miss him enormously.The world has lost a great man. RIP Phil ❤️

  5. Fred Colla
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    Dear Phil, will miss your super dry sense of humour.
    Didn’t know you for very long but I feel like I have lost a kindred spirit, Fred and Annette Colla

  6. Jodie
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    Phil was a very caring, brave and patient man. Who else would voluntarily take a group of teenage girls on hikes and put up with all of our moaning about heavy packs, steep hills and gross toilets. He was kind and encouraging and I feel grateful to have known him. My sincere and heartfelt condolences. With much love, Jodie

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    Phil was much loved and will be missed enormously. He was good company, a deep thinker, very caring, and loved his family, and friends. He’s gone from us much too soon but I’ll treasure the time I had him as a friend. Jenny xx

    • David Bruce - MFB Chief Officer
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      Phil, on behalf of the all MFB staff who worked with, you were a professional and articulate manager, compassionate and protective of your people. Always there to provide supportive advice and a gentle steer to develop staff. Your dry wit and grin will be missed.

  8. John Howarth
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    Phil – a gentleman and a scholar in the purist sense. I didn’t know him for very long but will miss his humour and sage advice. John

  9. Michelle
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    Sad loss, greatly missed for his dry humour and wit.

  10. Kelly
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    A good Hawks man and always so welcoming, whether in Alphington or more recently Camberwell. McInerney family, you’re in our thoughts.

  11. Lucinda AINSWORTH
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    I am sorry

  12. Andrew McKay
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    Dear Marian, Rachel, Elanor and Simon,

    My sincere condolences. Phil was a great leader and mentor, and was always supportive of his staff at MFB. His intellect, humour and generosity will be missed. Rest in Peace Phil.

  13. Sandra Bowen
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    Dear Marian, Rachel, Eleanor, Simon and families.
    Tom and I were very saddened to hear about Phil. We last saw him with Eleanor at the movies last year. Always friendly and happy to catch up. Usually at the Opera.

    We watched Phils funeral service , which was so full of love and pride .
    Fond memories of Alphington Primary School connections, shared times away and plenty of laughs.
    Take care, know you are being thought of … a huge gap in your lives,
    Our sincere condolences,
    Vale Phil,
    Love and hugs from Sandra , Tom and the Bowen family.

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