Philip L. Escuadra

August 23, 1927 - July 18, 2023

08/23/1927 - 07/18/2023

Past Services

Friday July 28, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday July 29, 2023
10:00 am
Christ The King Catholic Church
1803 Columbia Avenue
Norfolk, Virginia 23509
(757) 622-1120 | Directions
Saturday July 29, 2023
12:00 pm
Princess Anne Memorial Park
1110 N. Great Neck Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
757-481-1097 | Directions

Philip L. Escuadra (“Phil, Tay Eping”) passed away peacefully at home on July 18, 2023.  He was born 97years ago and grew up in Janiuay, Iloilo Philippines, the 10th of 12 children and 1 of 9 boys. Phil joined the Philippine Navy then enlisted in the US Navy in 1954, served 31 years, retiring as chief quartermaster.  Duty commands and stations included numerous ships, few shore duty billets, which kept him away at sea for much of his Navy career.

He retired from the Navy in 1985 and enjoyed an active retirement: completed pre law and community college classes, attended ODU Lady Monarch basketball and Tidewater Tides games and watched his Washington Redskins football games.  He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, time with grandchildren and weekend Atlantic City casino trips with his lucky charm/”wifey” of 54 years, Julie and family friends.

Phil was a longtime member of Knights of Columbus, attained 4th degree Knight status, was active with KOC Council #367 and KOVAR activities.  He was also a member of the Kahirup Visayan Philippine Group, served as an officer.

He was a faithful, longtime member of Christ the King Church since 1970, served as Eucharistic minister and regularly attended 11am Mass.

Always smiling and optimistic, Phil’s strong faith, love for God, family, country and his generosity shall always be remembered.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Luciano & Romualda Escuadra, wife Julie Mital Escuadra, son Joey Escuadra and his 11 siblings in Philippines.

Surviving family includes:  daughter Mary Jane Teall (Gary), son John A. Escuadra, grandchildren Diane Teall Evans (Neil), Lauren Teall, Gannon Teall and Kaelyn Escuadra; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Our family would like to thank Dad’s wonderful caregivers: Elizabeth “Pigeon”, Keena Nila, Aya, Marivic, Connie, Sarah and Elma. And special thanks to Trinity Hospice, Dr. Lea LaPlace and Patriot Guard Riders, Hampton Roads, District 5.

A visitation with an evening vigil, for Phil will be on Friday, July 28, 2023, 6pm-8pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home (Southside chapel), 5033 Rouse Dr., Virginia Beach, VA  23462.

Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 10am at Christ the King Church,1803 Columbia Ave., Norfolk, VA 23509, with interment to follow at Princess Anne Memorial Park, 1110 N. Great Neck Rd., Va. Beach, VA  23452.

Reception after interment will be at Knights of Columbus Hall, 5201 Kennebeck Ave., Norfolk, VA  23513, from 2pm-4:30pm

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phil’s name to Knights of Columbus, Council #367/KOVAR, 5201 Kennebeck Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513 or to Christ the King Church. Your Contribution can be made by clicking HERE.

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David Peace
8 months ago

He looks like John. What a life 97 years, you were blessed!

Johnnie Noles
8 months ago

Chief Escuadra was a good shipmate and a good friend. I served with him on USS Dewey and USS Leahy. He looked out for his crew. This picture was taken April 21, 1969. Phil “found” a birthday cake for me in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! He left some good memories for many of us.

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Valerie and Narcisse Satchivi family
8 months ago

PGK John, our condolences to you and your family on the loss of our Beloved Papi. May his soul RIP, and may God keep you and your family in His everlasting and consoling Love.

Cassandra Goodwyn & Family
8 months ago

My sincere condolences to you and your family. We will miss seeing your father at Mass. May the Peace of Christ be with you and your family.

Missy Viohl
8 months ago

So sorry to hear about your dad. Always liked him, always smiling. He had a very long life filled with love. Thinking of you all.

Nancy Christina Carignan
8 months ago


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
8 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Philip L. Escuadra, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Philip L. Escuadra, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Lee and Tim Garza
8 months ago

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen/talked to you, but our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief.
Keep your memories close to your heart.

Alicia Dela Cruz
8 months ago

Uncle Philip and Auntie Juliet supported me, when I first came to America in 11/95 until I got my RN job here in California. I was his assistant in checking the apartments , while I was still there until 10/96. I learned a lot of things from him like forgiveness, be positive in life, pursue your dreams. Thank you , Uncle Philip. Even if I could not personally say bye this Saturday, but my quick visit to you, 2 weeks ago is the most treasured moment, I love you, Uncle.
Love Neneng Alice
Our heartfelt condolences to my cousins, Jane and John

Tanya McGowan-Taylor
8 months ago

John, you have my sincerest condolences on your loss! ?? praying for you and your family.