COLCHESTER, CONN. — Antiques dealer and retired school teacher Philip Liverant died peacefully at his home March 12. He was born March 6, 1924, in Colchester, and had just celebrated his 90th birthday.
He was the son of the late Nathan and Esther Liverant. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Robyn Liverant Marquis and Roger Marquis of New York City, and his granddaughter Paige Marquis. He is also survived by a sister, Pearl Vogel, of Bloomfield, Conn. He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Fier Peck; and four brothers, Samuel, Israel (“Zeke”), Benjamin and Abraham. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews and his two caregivers, Barbara McKenzie and Margaret Brewster.
A star athlete for Bacon Academy in baseball and basketball, he also played baseball for the Colchester Townies. He served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Freestone from 1944 to 1946. After the war he earned his degree from Central Connecticut State College. Phil was a science teacher at the Mary A. Callen School in Bristol and retired from the Dr Michael D. Fox School in Hartford.
His true passion was antiques and he was a noted antiques dealer with a specialty in American furniture, glass and Native American items. He was a die-hard Whalers and UConn basketball fan as well. In 2004, he sponsored the Colchester Continentals Fife and Drum Corp, of which he was especially proud.
Funeral services took place March 14 at the Congregation Ahavath Achim on Lebanon Avenue in Colchester. Shiva was observed at the home of the deceased’s former wife, Babs Liverant in Glastonbury, Conn., and at the home of Robyn and Roger Marquis in New York City.
In Phil’s memory, his family requests that a good deed be done in his honor or a donation be made to the charity of one’s choosing.