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Philip Shaffer Truax

SHARON — Philip Shaffer Truax passed away at Yale New Haven Hospital on July 28, 2019.

Philip was born in New York City on March 14, 1955, but he grew up in Newport Beach, Calif. It was there, in confirmation class at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, that he met Heidi Mildred Lorenz. They were married in 1974 and went to study together at UC Santa Barbara.

While living there, Philip and Heidi built an A-frame home by hand, in the hills above Santa Barbara.

Around the time that their fourth son was born, in 1981, Philip’s grandfather Chauncey Truax passed away in Sharon, and the family moved to start a new life in Connecticut. 

They opened a store on Main Street in Sharon, selling a new product called a personal computer. Sharon Computer soon obtained an IBM dealership license and expanded their business, selling and servicing IBMs and then IBM compatible machines in Torrington, New Milford and Sharon. The business later morphed into a networking specialist company, and then into a dial-up internet service provider called Mohawk Internet. 

Meanwhile their four boys, Aaron, Tobias, Matthew Hans, and Luke, grew up and graduated from Sharon Center School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

Philip was passionate about travel, boating and writing. He took his family on camping trips across the U.S. and boated with them throughout the waters of New England, Canada and the entire East Coast. He continued to build and create, adding additions of his own design and construction to the house in Sharon, often toiling long hours together with his four sons.

Later in his life, Philip enjoyed writing op-eds for The Lakeville Journal, golfing and tinkering. He was also a passionate skier and found a way to log thousands upon thousands of vertical feet at ski mountains around the world.

He is survived by his former wife, Heidi; three sisters; four sons; and eight grandchildren, whom he loved deeply and who will miss him dearly.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Episcopal in Sharon at 10 a.m. on Aug. 10, with a private burial to follow at Hillside Cemetery in Sharon. 

The Kenny Funeral Home has care of arrangements. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church Episcopal or to the Sharon Volunteer Ambulance.