Phil Tolhurt the former Manager of Liverpool Council dies at sons football game

Liverpool Council ex GM Phil Tolhurst

Liverpool Council ex GM Phil Tolhurst

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by StreetCorner Staff

Former General Manager of Liverpool City Council Phil Tolhurst passed away on Saturday at his son’s football game in Wollongong. Mr Tolhurst had a massive heart attack, efforts were made to revive him, however they were unsuccessful and he died soon after.

Tolhurst was water boy for his sons soccer team and while running back from the field, when he had the heart attack. Witnesses said people had worked on Phil for several hours before he was taken away in a ambulance.

Mr Tolhurst resigned from his post at Liverpool Council in May this year, where he had worked for more than 10 years, and was passionate about Liverpool.

Liverpool Councillor Peter Harle said “ Phil was a decent human being and a good friend, he will be sorely missed by the community as he was known as Mr Liverpool and was a young man of 52. Phil had only recently commented that he was so proud and happy that his sons had been married and he and his wife Judy were looking forward to grandchildren.”

Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti said “ I am devastated by this tragic news, I classed Phil as a friend and he always treated me with respect and integrity.”

“I only spoke to Phil one week ago and he said how much he was enjoying life, being close to his wife, sons and his mother who he loved dearly. He[Phil] was so up beat and relaxed.” said Clr Hadchiti.

Mr Tolhurst was an active resident of Wollongong and a member of the local Baptist church, and also a strong member of the Liverpool community and it is expected that the church will be over flowing at his funeral.

On behalf of the community we pass on our condolences to the Tolhurst family.

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We are deeply saddened by the news today that our former GM and friend Phil Tolhurst passed away this past weekend. Any who reads my posts will know I've always had the upmost respect for this fine gentleman and send my sincere condolences to his wife and sons. Phil worked tirelessly for the people of Liverpool in the years he was with council and he will be missed. Signe & Family (

I was shocked to hear the very sad news and wish to extend my deepest symphathy to Phil's family & friends. I only knew Phil at a professional level ... first meeting him on-site to discuss the planning of a new primary school at Port Kembla when he worked as Wollongong City Council's traffic engineer. Phil was a breath of fresh air and I appreciated his time whenever I met him. He always found time to consult and often if he could not, he would send one of his staff to meet me on-site. Again I am very sad about Phil's untimely passing ... we have lost a great guy ... Craig McLaren Consultant Traffic Engineer (Miranda)

Services for Phil Tolhurst will be held this Friday at 10am at the Baptist Church Princess Hwy Woonona.

DaraB posts

Sad sad sad news.Such a young life. A reminder to us all that life is precious and that we are lucky for the gift of each day. My condolences to his family and friends of who he spoke so fondly. When we saw him in the streets he never wanted to speak of Liverpool rather gloat about his family and friends and how he enjoyed their company. When he was at work, he always returned phone calls even when the questions weren't specifically directed to him. He was never above anyone in his GM position and thats what I admired about him

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