Philip Diana

  • Born: September 18, 1972
  • Died: October 15, 2020
  • Location: Pepperell, Massachusetts

Badger Funeral Homes, Inc.

347 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460

director@badgerfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 486-3709

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend

Philip Diana passed into God's Kingdom on October 15, 2020.

Phil worked hard as a Supply Chain Manager, but was best known as a professional drummer and bandleader. He led and founded the band Grooveworks and performed incredible, blistering drum solos during his many concerts, wowing crowds all over New England. He founded American Drum Craft and was a self-taught musician, master craftsman and artisan of handmade quality drum sets of which he sold many sets globally to drummers including Blue Oyster Cult and Black Sabbath, among many others. Philip also worked for Grover Percussion where many musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra requested his handmade drums, that are still used today. Inside of the drums you can find his signature.

He was an avid fisherman and gardener and could fix and restore anything to perfection. He was known for his kindness, quick wit, great impersonations and constant humor, his sweet infectious smile and a willingness to always help someone in need. He was most happy when with friends and family and when making others happy. He deeply loved and doted on his nieces and nephews always relishing the next fishing trip or milestone in their lives and looking out for their well being. Phil lit up every room with his presence and energy. If you knew Phil you were blessed.

Son of Anna Diana of Burlington, MA and Lorenzo Diana (predeceased), both originally from Aragona, Sicily, his sisters Josephine Diana and three children (Alexandre, Nicolas and Adrianna Couchot) of Paris, France, Christina (Diana) Young and husband William and two children (Ethan and Christian), of Billerica, MA, Lorraine (Diana) Hrasna and husband Hans and two children (Andrew and Karsten), of Carlisle, MA, Jennifer (Diana) Dutile and husband Kevin and four children (Jesse, Jacob, Sam and Claudia), of Groton, MA, and brother Rafael Diana and wife Raquel and two children (Gabriella and Nicolas), of Sutton, MA. His family deeply mourns his passing.

Phil, we love you and miss you so much. You will always be remembered as the best friend, best son, best uncle and best little brother anyone could have known. Visiting hours Thurs. 5-8 P.M. at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School St. GROTON, MA. On Fri. at 10 A.M, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Josephs of Our Lady of Grace Parish on 28 Tarbell St. in Pepperell MA, followed by a procession past his residence and final internment at Newton Cemetery & Arboretum, 791 Walnut St., Newton, MA.

To attend Phil's funeral service remotely on Friday at 10:00 am please follow the link: https://iframe.dacast.com/b/156599/c/541147


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Condolence & Memory Journal

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Christina, Being a fellow musician this is inspiring and I am honored to know of his accomplishments through you. Our deepest condolences and love. May you remember and continue his legacy through your family and children.

Posted by Richie & Geri Chalme - Brooklyn, NY - Family Friend   November 03, 2020

So very sorry for your loss of one of the most amazing people I have ever got the pleasure of knowing and playing in a band with and hanging with Phil at his house he was so proud to show me things he was doing and the gardening he was such a good person
Watching his funeral service showed me that I was absolutely right on allowing Phil into my life as close as I did I admired him I was a fan and I would call him to ask real technical questions and advice I even tried to get Phil into my company Mercury systems I just wanted him in my life always
He will always be in my thoughts and prayers and I will pray to him just like his sister was saying at mass he truly was one of the greatest friends I've ever had I will miss him dearly my heart goes out to his family and all of his nieces and nephews I know they loved him as much as all of his friends
God bless and Godspeed
Kevin

Posted by Kevin Hickey - Hudson, NH - Friend   October 24, 2020

Dear Christina and family, we are sending love and prayers.

Posted by Annemari Tarsitano - Galloway, NJ - Friend   October 21, 2020

Rest in the sweetest of peace. May you fly with the angels and watch over your family always.

Posted by Dawn Brenner - Billerica, MA - Friend   October 20, 2020

I am very saddened by this news. My deepest condolences to all of Phil’s friends and family. Phil and I played in a band together in the 1990’s. He was such a creative and fun person. I have always thought of the times playing with him as some of the best music I’ve ever been a part of. We were all lucky to see and hear him play. Rest In Peace old friend.

Posted by Mike - Friend   October 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your family's loss.

Posted by Susan Miner - Salem, NH - Family Friend   October 20, 2020

There is no way to adequately express what you meant to my entire family and to me. Many of my fondest memories revolve around you and all the adventures we had. Phil my friend, you will be profoundly missed.

Posted by Kevin Gaffey - Hillsboro, NH - Friend   October 20, 2020

My heart goes out to you all. Lived on the same street growing up. Prayers and my deepest condolences.

Posted by Terri Nichols Noble - Merritt Island, FL - Friend   October 20, 2020

Phil the word lost an amazing person. May you rest in peace

Posted by Victoria Bowley - Lowell, MA - Friend   October 19, 2020

Such a great friend. Always made me smile and always had a perfect finish to any conversation. His kind smile and laugh will never leave me.

Posted by Jon Howarth - Windham, NH - Classmate   October 19, 2020


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