Philip David Gaddy

Date of Birth

December 23rd, 1939

Date of Death

May 5th, 2018

Memorial Meeting

Multnomah Friends Meeting


Philip David Gaddy, 78, died peacefully at home in Nahcotta, Washington on May 5, 2018 after navigating, with consummate grace, a long illness. He was born on December 23, 1939 in Los Angeles, California to Carl Edward Gaddy and Mary Geraldine Rush. He graduated in 1961 from the University of Pacific, Stockton, California where he met his future wife, Martha Ann Hanner (Ann). They entered into marriage on August 19, 1961 in Inglewood, California, forming a relationship central to Phil’s life for the next 56 years.

Phil enjoyed a rich and varied career. He and Ann homesteaded outside Cave Junction in southern Oregon creating a community to which many were drawn. During this time on the Rainbow Farm where their three beloved daughters were born, Phil taught history at Illinois Valley and Central Point High Schools as well as baked bread which he distributed along a route in the surrounding communities.

In 2001 Phil and his family moved to Hawaii where he worked as a librarian as well as in building construction on a coffee plantation. Subsequent years found him and Ann on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwest Washington state where they managed the Moby Dick Hotel and Oyster Farm. During this time Phil also worked for the Mack Brothers building custom houses noted for a high level of craftsmanship. After time spend in Port Angeles, Washington where Phil worked as a carpenter, he and Ann retired to Nahcotta on the Long Beach Peninsula where Ann’s parents lived.

In Nahcotta, Phil learned about the Lower Columbia Worship Group from a friend and began attending meeting there eight years ago. In 2015 he felt led to seek membership in the Religious Society of Friends through Multnomah Monthly Meeting, the parent meeting of Lower Columbia Worship Group. Following a life-long practice of seeking Truth, Phil faithfully attended meeting, both at Lower Columbia Worship Group and, when residing in Portland, at Multnomah Meeting where he served as a Special Funds Trustee and as a member of the original support committee for the Friends music ministry of Anna Fritz.

Phil brought humor, wit and rare intelligence as well as the capacity to form and maintain deep and abiding relationships with both family and among a large network of friends. His presence in meeting and among Friends was treasured. He will be greatly missed.

Phil is survived by his wife Ann Gaddy, three daughters, Jennifer Gaddy, Heather Blackbird, and Autumn Gaddy, as well as five grandchildren.