Nearly one year after the industry gathered together in the atrium of the Dallas Trade Mart during the June Lightovation show to wish Quoizel chairman Ira Phillips a Happy 90th Birthday at large celebration outside of the Quoizel showroom, the renowned lighting veteran has passed away.
Rick Seidman, President of Quoizel, announced, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Ira Phillips. Quoizel has lost a fearless leader, salesman, innovator, mentor, dear friend, father, and grandfather. The lighting industry has lost an original pioneer, and the world a remarkable human being. It is hard to adequately express our sorrow at Ira’s passing or our gratitude for the opportunity to have worked with him. In the words of Ira’s favorite song by Frank Sinatra:
‘I’ve lived a life that’s full
I’ve traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way.’
There will be two different services, one in NY and one in SC.
In New York, the Memorial Service will take place Sunday, May 27, 12:45 pm at
Sinai Chapel, 162-05 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
The burial will follow immediately after at Beth David Cemetery, 300 Elmont Rd., Elmont, NY 11003
The family will sit Shiva immediately following the burial at the home of Toni and Lee Horwitz: 9 Joan Court, Woodbury, NY 11797
In South Carolina, the Memorial Service will be Wednesday, May 30, 2 pm at Charleston Chabad Center
477 Mathis Ferry Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
The family will sit Shiva immediately following the service at the home of Ira Phillips until 9 pm and the next day, Thursday, May 31, from 9 am to 9 pm:
182 North Plaza
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Quoizel has blocked rooms at Hilton Garden Inn, 300 Wingo Way, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464. The phone number is (843) 606-4600. The rate is $134+tax for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Donations can be made in honor of Ira Phillips to the Charleston Chabad Center or the American Cancer Society.