I am deeply sorry and present my respect to Phil’s family, I learned a lot of things from him, specially to help others whenever he had the opportunity, no matter what, and he also made things happened. Thanks for all Phil. Ricardo Torres
– Ricardo Torres
I’m so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. We met years ago through our train hobby and Phil was always a delight to be around. I’m thankful Phil came my way and most of all for being a good friend. You will be missed, Sir!
– Freddy Frank
I had the pleasure of working with Phil during my first couple years at Hussmann. Phil was a treasured mentor and always set great examples for others to follow. His unique candor was thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. He will be greatly missed!
– Tracy Markley
I was deeply saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. Although we were colleagues, Phil was like a member of my family. Phil was a gentleman and a professional and a great teacher. There are no words for expressing the loss I feel knowing that Phil is no longer just a phone call away. We shared so many great times and had so many great debates about work, life and family. We loved sharing our dog and horse stories. Professionally, he taught me about Hussmann, our customers, refrigeration and installs. There were few people on a job site that didn’t know Phil. Through the years of working together, I got to know Phil and then his wife Nikki. Although I never met Phil and Nikki’s children, I feel like I know Travis and Danielle. He talked about them all the time. He was a proud dad and grandpa for sure. Lover of trains, Nascar, animals and good country music!
– Shauna V.
I knew Phil early in my Hussmann career when he was supporting the Kroger team. I would definitely attest to the “dog on a bone” level of engagement and commitment to do the right thing by our customers. He pushed Hussmann hard to be the best we could be!
– Phil Evans
Phil was like a fine wine that got better as he aged. I remember early in my career when the engineering team did presentations to the field service team. Phil was definitely one of the ring leaders that challenged us during the presentations in terms of the solutions to the problems they were seeing in the field. After the meetings there would be a cocktail hour and dinner and it was like a rite of passage. Phil spent time with each of us and a mutual respect and accord was made. It was later during my sustaining engineering years working with him that i can say it was a pleasure. He led the charge in solving field problems and had a unique ability to be fair and respectful and still be focused like a dog on a bone (to use one of his analogies)! He had a great personality and sense of humor to say nothing of his ability to tell a great story. When he retired, i fully expected him to come back and consult but i am glad he took the time to enjoy retirement with his family and friends.
– Michael Schaefer
I’m deeply saddened to learn of Phil’s passing. We met in the late 1990s at Austell while out watching trains. He was a walking encyclopedia of railroad knowledge and well respected in the railfan community. When we’d run into each other he’d always say “How we doing today Mr. Morgan?” I will greatly miss seeing him and offer my condolences to the family.
– Brian Morgan
My deepest condolences to Phil’s family. I was very fortunate to meet Phil about 2 and a half years ago thru a railman web site. He would meet up with me at Austell on most of my trips into town (I’m in Charleston SC). What I will remember (and miss most) was he’d just drop the tailgate and we’d sit there and talk about almost anything. He was a great guy, always willing to share. Rest In Peace Phil. I’ll miss you.
– Ray Hakim
Nikki and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Phil. Ya’ll are in my prayers. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.
– Debbie Mayfield
Phil, a faithful friend for 42 years, Go rest high on that mountain, your work on earth is done! Rest in peace. Much love, Janice
– Janice Treubig
The Eckman family since our deepest condolences. We share many fond memories of Phil and Live Oak Court. With love, Nikki
– Nikki Eckman
Was very shocked and saddened when Travis called me to tell me Phil passed. I remember Travis and I working on our trucks at their house and Phil watching us to make sure we were doing everything right. Had some great times going over to their house. Phil was a good person I was lucky enough to have known. He will be greatly missed.
– Jody williams
Phil Maton, “NS Spike” and “Coal Drag Daddy” were names he earned during his years of being a very involved railroad enthusiast. For many years the two of us shared many hours trackside chasing trains, shooting the breeze or planning ideas for the annual Railfest that began in Austell, GA in the late 90’s. His analysis or railroad operations were deep and very detailed. On hot days you might find him trackside with an ice cream cone as he be waiting for a train to pass by. Some of the design and features of the train watching platform in Bremen, GA can be credited to Phil, as he donated his time helping to make it a successful attraction to the city’s downtown and history. I met Phil’s wife Nikki when he brought her out to our home one night to experience my ability to lure owls into my backyard by imitating them with various calls. I don’t think he was sure of my claims of success until they arrived and after a short time we had quite a show of hooting going on. I have put a couple of photos I have of him on this page. It’s really hard to believe he has left us, but I’m sure that some day in the future I will meet him again and maybe we can talk about the many good times that were shared.
– Woody Harrison
I was fortunate to spend many happy days at trackside with Phil. I will miss his humor & his expertise on NS Ry. matters. Most of all I’ll miss his friendship. My most sincere condolences to Nicki & their families. Rest In Peace my friend.
– Dale Rockwell
Fond memories of chasing trains with Phil and Travis and friends. Phil will be missed. I am fortunate to have known him. 330 Phil
– John Peifer
I will miss Phil. Spending time trackside photographing trains or emailing one another about what was coming down the tracks. My deepest condolences for Phil’s family. A good man, he will be missed by many.
– Jonathan Guy
So sorry to hear. Phil & I shared a love of railroads and enjoyed figuring out their operations strategies and quirks. He always had a positive attitude and was fun to be around. I’ll miss our trackside conversations. I’m very sorry for your loss. -Brad K
– Brad Kindschy
I’m Phil’s next door neighbor and will miss him coming over with a few beers and sitting on the front porch solving the world’s problems. We were of the same mindset and couldn’t understand why if we could figure out the solutions that our government could get it done.
– Mike Corke
Niki, Travis,and Daniell, sorry for your loss. We enjoyed our time as neighbors in A.S. and at the Baseball fields during our time with DYBL. Phil did great things for the youth of Douglsaville….
– Bill Mincey
So sorry to hear about Phil. He and I were Train Fans and exchange photos. I spoke to him on Tuesday afternoon about a train meet at Winston. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Keep me posted on his services. email@example.com. Carrollton, Ga.
– Gene Duke
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