Philip L. Sibert

May. 26, 2014 @ 04:18 PM

Philip L. Sibert, 75, died of respiratory failure on Friday, May 23, 2014, at his home in Dandridge, Tennessee.

Phil Sibert was born in Frederick, Maryland, on February 17, 1939 to L. Lewren Sibert and Anna Ruth Grove Sibert, growing up there with his older sister Barbara and younger brother Lew. He played little league baseball with the South End Civic Association from its inception in 1951 and developed an interest in photography at an early age. Phil graduated from Frederick High School and attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

A sports car enthusiast, Phil enjoyed traveling to Watkins Glen, Virginia International Raceway, Marlboro Speedway, and other racetracks with his father and brother to watch automobile races. He formed a model car racing club for local boys and girls in the Frederick area and organized a series of races on their behalf. He was also active in local autocross events, driving his 1957 Porsche Speedster and competing with friends Art Huddleston, Ron Grable, and Tony Adamowicz (two of whom later became professional racing drivers).

Phil had a long Federal career in Computer Science, beginning as a computer programmer at the Social Security Administration and ending at the Department of Energy overseeing non-classified computer security.

Phil married Hope Kwiatkowski in 1967 and together they raised two children, Steve and Cheryl.

The couple enjoyed traveling, fine dining and sailing the Chesapeake Bay. Phil was active in promoting boating safety and a Past Commander of the Dundalk Power Squadron.

Phil and Hope retired in 2003 to Tennessee and enjoyed touring the Eastern United States in their motorhome and attending formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar racing events.

Phil was an active member of Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church where he shared his love of music by singing in the choir, and his favorite project was Change for Children.

Phil is survived by his wife Hope and their seven fur kids (Tommy, Kali, Lucky, Bobbie, Grayzie, Bootsie, and Dini); son Stephen C. Sibert of Shady Side, MD; daughter Cheryl Sibert Galliher (and husband Michael) of Columbia, MD; brother L. Lewren Sibert, Jr. and sister-in-law Sharon Sibert of Tampa, FL; brother-in-law M. Dunbar Ashbury, Jr. of Frederick, MD; nieces Ann Ashbury Wendt (and husband Terry) of Evans, GA, and Jill Ashbury Browning (and husband John) of Frederick, MD; and special longtime friends Pat Wash, Kim and Marge Latta, and Tomi Hutton. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Barbara of Frederick, MD; and by his in-laws Frank and Lillian Kwiatkowski of Baltimore.

Funeral services Tuesday May 27, 2014, 11:00am at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. John Wilson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church (Change for Children Project), 2422 Chestnut Hill Church Road, Dandridge TN 37725; or Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, 3200 Ivy Way, Harwood, MD 20776.

Phil Sibert’s love of life and enthusiasm for all activities, whether routine or special, will be remembered by his loved ones and close friends for all time.