Sgt. Major Philip Alexander Kalif, US Army Ret., passed away in the Chelsea Soldier's Home, Chelsea, MA. He was husband of the late Hasseeba T. (Habib) Kalif. Born in Fall River, a son of the late Alexander Kalif and the late Sophie (Yared) Kalif, he lived in Somerset for many years.
Mr. Kalif served over 21 years in the US Army during both WWII and Korea, retiring as a Sgt. Major. Upon retirement from the military, he worked as a letter carrier, in Fall River and Somerset, for 18 years retiring, in 1982.
A communicant of St. Anthony of the Desert Church, he was also very involved with local veterans organizations including the Somerset American Legion, Post 228, where he served as chaplain for many years. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans; the Lebanese American Veterans, Philip Sabra Post, Fall River, and the Lebanon American Society.
He is survived by two sons, Philip A. Kalif, Jr. of Lynnwood, WA, and Michael W. Kalif of Berkley, MA; two daughters, Sharon L. Kalif of Somerset, and Deborah Melanson of Boston; a brother Frederick Kalif of Pennsylvania; four grand children and nieces and nephews. He was also brother of the late Nicholas Kaliff, Whedeh Kalif and Msyra Ashook.
A mass of remembrance will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018, in St. Anthony of the Desert Church, 300 N. Eastern Ave., Fall River, at 10 AM. Inurnment to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Homes for our Troops, 6 Main St., Taunton, MA 02780.
Arrangements with the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, Somerset, MA.
MAY 24. 10:00 AM (EDT)
St. Anthony of the Desert Church
300 N. Eastern Ave.
Fall River, MA
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