Phillip Elmer Matranga passed away at Laketown Village in Kenner on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the age of 95. He was born on November 17, 1924.
Beloved husband of 70 years to Frances Wilt Matranga and father to two daughters; Pamela Clement (Gary) of LaPlace, LA, and Christine Shurley (Carey) of Eustis, FL.
Mr. Matranga was preceded in death by his father Vincent Matranga, mother, Christine Rauschkolb Matranga and older brother Joseph P. Matranga. He is survived by two grandchildren, Melanie Clement Becnel (Josh) of Thibodaux, LA and Matthew Clement (Nadia) of LaPlace, LA; three great-grandchildren; Ava Clement, Lathan Becnel, and Bowyn Becnel.
Philip served his country as a 1st Engineer in the Merchant Marines during World War II and was a chief engineer at discharge. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #0175. Philip was a lifelong resident of Metairie, Louisiana and co-owned and operated Matranga Brothers automobile repair shop with his brother Joe on Metairie Rd for over 40 years. “Mr. Phil”, as many students in Jefferson Parish Schools knew him, (Bus #139), drove from the early 60’s to the mid 90’s. He was President of the East Bank Safety Club which provided donations to many local hospitals and schools in Jefferson Parish.
Relatives and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Mr. Matranga’s life on Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70001. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories Cemetery.