Phillip V. Wells, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. He was born May 14, 1965 in Clearwater, FL and grew up in Tarpon Springs. He graduated from Tarpon Springs High School in 1983. He attended the University of Florida. He graduated with an Associate in Arts, Pre-Pharmacy degree from St. Petersburg College in 1987 and then went on for an advanced degree, graduating from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA with a Doctorate in Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in 1996. While at Mercer University, he was a member of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. He was a brother of Kappa Psi Pharmacy Fraternity and was the President of the Mercer Chapter of the Academy of Students of Pharmacy, the student branch of the American Society of Pharmacy. He was the recipient of the McKesson Leadership Award, the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy Outstanding Senior Award, the J.H. â€œRedâ€ Hall Scholarship and the Jo Davidson Reger Scholarship and served as a member of the Mercer University reaccreditation committee.
Phil had a long career as a Pharmacist in a variety of practice settings and was a mentor to others. In 2008, he achieved a specialty certification as a Nuclear Pharmacist from Purdue University School of Pharmacy. It was in Pharmacy school that he met his wife, Danelle (Danni) and they returned to Clearwater where they were married at Episcopal Church of the Ascension on July 27, 1996. In 1999, they built a home in the Westchase area of Tampa and on January 23, 2003, they welcomed their son, Kelly Connor.
Phil loved life. He reminded us to take the opportunity to enjoy the special times and he loved to host parties, gatherings and holiday celebrations at their home. It was this aspect of his life that led him to his next chapter. After retiring from his pharmacy career, he conceptualized, and along with his long-time friend Pete Fatolitis, started a small business called â€œLeisurely Slackingâ€ which was devoted to enjoying oneâ€™s leisure time in our beautiful state of Florida, something he was very passionate about.
Phil enjoyed the outdoors, boating and fishing the beautiful Florida waters. In order to share his love and teach others, he became a certified fishing captain and took clients on guided fishing charters on his flats boat â€œThe Seeker IIâ€. Later, he hosted many friends and family on the vessel â€œSea Monkeyâ€ where he boated all over the Tampa Bay area and many happy days were spent on Three Rooker Island. Over the years, he fished in many tournaments on â€œTeam Flatlinerâ€. He was passionate about fish and wildlife conservation and keeping our waters clean for future generations to grow up with and enjoy, as he had. He was an avid sports fan and supported our local teams, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he was a Buccaneers season ticket-holder for the last several years. Phil was also a big animal lover and dog rescuer and participated in animal charity events and volunteer activities including Project PUP (Pets Uplifting People) with their certified pet therapy dog Coco, and Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions, through which they fostered and later adopted their retired racing greyhound, Joey.
Phil was a devoted friend, husband, son, brother, uncle and God-father and is survived by his wife Danni, son Kelly, his Mother Wanda, his brother Michael and his wife Cherry and their son Justin, two step-brothers Russell and Randy Bacher and their families and his step-father Donald Bacher.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to organizations that were near and dear to Phil including Captains for Clean Water https://captainsforcleanwater.org/ or Bay Area Greyhound Adoptions https://bayareagreyhounds.org/memorial-donations/