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TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Phil Comeau, VQ-4

November 20, 1943 - March 1, 2021

"With heavy hearts, my family is sharing the news about our Father, Phil Comeau, who passed away on March 1, succumbing to COPD, which was further complicated by COVID. His time at VQ-4 as a Flight Engineer, in the company of those he would call his best of shipmates, was cherished and revered. No services are planned at this time. Thank you to Pam Vaughn Valdez for sharing this great photo below of him, standing alongside Wayne Tyson, who was one of the many in the TACAMO community he was proud to serve with and call a friend."


Comment from Pam and Larry Valdez

“Phil was an amazing flight engineer and mechanic. He knew the EC-130’s in and out. He was always able to get us airborne and home safety and we always trusted his judgment on Crew 8. He worked hard and played hard and knew how to go on liberty! Fair winds and following seas shipmate”

Philip Nelson Comeau, 77, passed away on March 1, 2021 at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. He was born in Medford, Massachusetts on November 20, 1943 to his parents, Felix J. and Geraldine M. (Robicheau) Comeau. He grew up in Medford and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1964, serving as an Aviation Machinist Mate until his retirement as a Chief Petty Officer in 1988. His duty stations included Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, WA, NAS South Weymouth, MA, U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay and NAS Cubi Point, Philippines, NAS Corpus Christi, TX, and NAS Patuxent River, MD, where he served as a C-130 Flight Engineer at VQ-4, forming strong and lasting bonds with those in the TACAMO community.

In 1989, he began his second career with Boeing in Renton, Washington, supporting the E-6 Program working Flight Line Quality Assurance, Customer Training and then as the Boeing Field Service Representative at Raytheon in Waco, TX. Prior to his retirement from Boeing in 2000, he also supported F-22 Customer Training. He spent his retirement years in Spring Hill, Florida and was active in a local Corvette Club, where he was able to celebrate his more than four-decade long love of Corvettes. Philip took pleasure in the warmth and sunshine of Florida, as well as weekly rounds of golf with friends.

Philip is survived by a brother, David F. Comeau of Norristown, PA; his children, Laura L. Comeau-Stanley of Solomons, MD, Cheryl A. Comeau of Spring Hill, FL, and Christopher P. Comeau of Jacksonville, FL; his grandchildren, Robert W. Bazo, Jr. of Missoula, MT and Brianna L. Wallace of Spring Hill, FL; nieces Kerry Eggers and Nancy Hoffman, and nephew Kevin Cunningham. Philip was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Emily Cunningham. There is no funeral or memorial services planned at this time.

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TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to the Phil Comeau's family and friends during this time of the passing. 

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