Philip Salah

Died: Tue., Nov. 13, 2012


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Fri., Nov. 16, 2012
Location: Britton-Summers

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Nov. 16, 2012

Print Obituary   Home Page All Obituaries

WESTBOROUGH- Philip Salah, 87, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation. He was the husband of the late Shirley A. (Hemstead) Salah.

Born in Worcester, he was the son of the late Michael and Beatrice (Wright) Salah and was educated in Worcester schools.

Phil was a musicians, musician. Not only was he an excellent drummer but an outstanding teacher. He started teaching in 1947 and quickly acquired, by word of mouth, many young students. From that time on he has been on the go doing what he loved- teaching drums and playing in just about every night-club in and around Worcester. He had many offers to travel with big bands and small combos but didn’t, the students always came first.

Phil is survived by his brother, Robert Salah of Westborough; nephews Robert Salah, Jr. and his wife, Marianne, of Northborough and Joseph P. Salah of Worcester; nieces Sr. Roberta Salah of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Springfield, Michele Cimmino and her husband, Christopher, of Union, CT, Ann Marie Salah of Westborough; a sister in law, Hazel Doherty of Cherry Valley; nephews Jay Doherty of Cherry Valley, Daniel Doherty of Cherry Valley, Ross Doherty and his wife, Pollysean, of Worcester; great nephews, Jake Dohert of Worcester, Anthony Cimmino of Union, CT; great niece, Amy Doherty of Worcester; great nephews, Jeremy H. Salah of Waltham and Michael R. Salah of Dudley.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, November 16 at 10:30 A.M. in the Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery.

A calling hour will precede the service from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Federation of Musicians, Local 143, PO Box 342, Petersham, MA 01366

Click to send flowers using our local area florist
Free delivery to our funeral home & save on wire fees
View/Sign the Condolence Book

Click the button to generate a printable document containing all condolences submitted

Condolence Booklet

Michael Agbay
   Posted Thu November 15, 2012
Please accept my deepest condolences. Phil was my first drum teacher.
My dad Tony Agbay inspired me when I was just 5-years old. He knew that
Phil would be the great teacher to put me on the path in my studies and pursuit to be a professional drummer. I have him to thank for what I do. I continue and will continue to play and teach. His passion for his students I experienced first hand.

He will be missed greatly! But his legacy will live!
Thank you Phil for your contribution to so many of us drummers.

May the Lord grant you all peace through this difficult time.
With Love,

Michael Agbay

David and Cathryn Adams
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
We will truly miss Phil and Shirley. We corresponded with them at Christmas, and cherish the love and warmth we felt with them. Heaven must be a warmer place to be today. Thanks for the legacy that you left.

Julie Angelis Boehler
   Posted Wed January 16, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Salah's passing. He was one of my first drum teachers and the first to get me to not be afraid to learn how to read music. Although the last time I saw him was on tour in Worcester in 09, I always exchanged Christmas cards and usually talked at least once a year on the phone with him. Twenty years after I graduated from High School, he still insisted on paying for lunch at that Chinese Joint across from Union Music. It was reminiscent of the times when I didn't have the $8 for an hour lesson and he would take $5 or sometimes a "rain check." I hope that when he got to heaven he was given a set of shiny new drums and an endless supply of kids who practice. You will be missed! Love, Julie Angelis Boehler, Principal Timpanist of The U.S. Army Band "Washington, DC

   Posted Sun November 23, 2014
took lessons with Phil when his studio was across from the old Worcester post office. i was in my thirties, never had played drums before and after lesson never really practiced. just loved going there and talking with Phil and seeing him do stuff on kit,one of the nicest guys i ever met.

Copyright © 2015 Westborough Funeral Homes: Rand-Harper-Pickering. All Rights Reserved.    | Website by CFS |