Philip William Milner

September 30, 2022 - November 21, 2022


Obituary For Philip William Milner

Philip William Milner was born on September 30, 2022. He died peacefully in his parents' arms on November 21. Diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome before birth, Philip’s seven weeks of life were filled with strength, love, and joy. Baptized on October 1 by Fr. Matthew Nwafor, Philip showed us how to live life one moment at a time with patience, grace, and gratitude. His father Frank, mother Catherine, and siblings, Thomas and Edith, rejoice knowing that Philip’s big, beautiful eyes are now looking into the ever-loving eyes of God the Father.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the entire medical team at Duke University's Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit who worked heroically to give Philip fifty-two days of life with his special heart. They would also like to thank their family, friends, the entire Area Raleigh Catholic Homeschool community, and everyone else, both near and far, who prayed for and supported them throughout Catherine’s pregnancy and during Philip’s hospital stay. They also could not have walked this road without their advocates at Be Not Afraid and the many heart-warrior families they met along the way. Although many did not meet Philip, we know that his strength in the face of adversity changed so many lives in his short time on earth.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, November 27 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Renaissance Funeral Home, 7615 Six Forks Rd. Raleigh, NC 27615. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 28 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 West Holding Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587. Burial will be held the same day at 2:30 pm at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Be Not Afraid.

“We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28


27 Nov


04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
28 Nov


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 520 West Holding Avenue Wake Forest, NC 27587 Get Directions »
28 Nov

Graveside Service

02:30 PM

Raleigh Memorial Park 7501 Glenwood Avenue raleigh, NC 27612 Get Directions »
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  • November 28, 2022

    Sweet Philip, May you rest in peace forever now. No more pain, no more struggles. It was heartbreaking hearing the news and our thoughts are with you endlessly. From one HLHS family to another.

  • November 26, 2022

    Your little Philip was beyond special. He was so tiny but he had the power to touch the lives of so many. He's in God's arms now, surrounded by His perfect love. And he will live in our hearts forever. We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Julia, Wayne, Charlize and Scarlett

  • November 24, 2022

    Baby Philip left the arms of Frank and Catherine, the angels carried St. Philip into the arms of his grandma Barbara, Frank's mother. What a special journey. Catherine Kestner Great grandma

  • November 24, 2022

    Catherine,Frank, Thomas and Edith, you have all walked this path with God and we have felt His presence throughout Philip's brief visit through your witness to the ever- present love, comfort and support that rained and continues to rain upon you. We continue to pray for sweet Philip and all of you and wish you continued comfort in your grief. Love and hugs, Michael and Rosemary Somich

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