WARRNAMBOOL businessman Stan Philp, who has died aged 82, was best known for his printing press firm Philprint but gained respect for his leadership across the sporting codes.
The son of a painter, he originally thought he would follow in his father’s footsteps after leaving school aged 13. He gained work as an apprentice printer in his teenage years with Kaye and Son in the mid-1940s.
Mr Philp worked at the long-defunct Kepler Street business for more than a decade before plying his trade at The Standard, then setting up his own printing business in late 1971.
Philprint operated for nearly a decade out of the National Mutual building throughout the 1970s before setting up shop along Fairy Street from 1982.
Apart from his business interests, Mr Philp served on the Warrnambool Football Club committee, was a member of the city’s golf club and had a keen interest in motor sport.
Businessman and friend Ralph Vick, along with Mr Philp and others, helped establish Premier Speedway near Allansford in the early 1970s.
He said Mr Philp was well known for helping out sporting and community groups with their printing requirements, often waiving fees.
“Stan was involved from the very start in getting Premier Speedway up and running and did an awful lot of work in its early years,” Mr Vick said.
“All the printing of brochures and paperwork was done by Stan off his own back. He was just an obliging, helpful and hard-working sort of a chap.”
Mr Philp is survived by his wife Shirley, two sons and four daughters, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Two daughters predeceased him.
His funeral will be held in Warrnambool on Thursday.