FREEPORT — Philip Michael Horwitch, 62, of Freeport, Maine, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2013, at Maine Medical Center with his wife, daughter, sister and brother at his bedside. Philip had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for 13 years and fought it every step of the way.

Philip was born August 10, 1951, in Bad Cannstatt, Germany. He moved to New Haven, Connecticut when he was 18 months old. He received his B.A. in biology from the University of Connecticut, where he met Ruth Blackwell. They were married August 1972.

The next chapter of their life together brought them to Maine where Ruth grew up. Philip truly loved his adopted state. They had two children and lived in a home that Philip built for his family.

His career as a carpenter began in 1973 and soon evolved into cabinetmaking in the Yarmouth, Cumberland and Falmouth area. He would take Ruth for rides in their car to show her homes where he had built kitchens and was very proud of his work.

Music was an important part of Philip’s life. He played violin as a child and then played electric guitar in his teenage years. Later in life, Philip took bagpipe lessons and enjoyed playing at family events.

Philip also enjoyed photography. In his younger days, he processed his own black and white film in his father’s attic darkroom. Once his illness forced him to retire from cabinetmaking, he returned to his old hobby. He photographed sports and nature, and won several awards.

Philip is survived by his wife, Ruth Blackwell Horwitch; parents Dr. Eugene L. and Norma C. Horwitch of North Branford, CT; daughter Sarah J. Horwitch Dailey and her husband, Nathaniel of Stow, MA; son Jacob W. Horwitch of Old Orchard Beach, ME; sister Ann H. Sherer and her husband Eli of Madison, CT; and brother Daniel B. Horwitch of Higganum, CT. Philip was blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, Rayna M. Campbell of Orono, ME; Samara R. Horwitch of New Gloucester, ME; Jane H. and Malcolm H. Dailey of Stow, MA.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Maine Medical Center who cared for Philip over the years, especially the people who worked with him at the Gibson Pavilion and Dr. Marjorie Boyd, Hematologist. We would also like to thank Nurse Brenda and Physical Therapist Barbara Jean from CHANS, who cared for Philip when he was at home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in Philip’s memory go to: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick MA, 01760.