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Phillies Host Celebration of Life Service for Beloved Longtime Executive David Montgomery

Montgomery's decades of leadership included the Phillies' 2008 World Series win and numerous NL East crowns

What to Know

  • David Montgomery, the Phillies' chairman and longtime front office fixture, died from cancer on May 8. He was 72.
  • Montgomery worked his way up within the Phillies front office. His leadership included the Phillies' 2008 World Series win.
  • A public memorial service was held at Citizens Bank Park Thursday.

The Phillies organization invited the public to join them in remembering the life of David Montgomery.

Montgomery, a fixture in the Phillies' front office for decades who was team president when they won the 2008 World Series, died of cancer last month at the age of 72.

The Phillies memorialized their beloved front office executive with a public celebration of life service at Citizens Bank Park Thursday.

The service was held on an off day for the Phillies and immediately followed the MLB Draft. 

“One of David’s favorite times of the year was the MLB Draft,” said Montgomery’s wife Lyn Montgomery while announcing the service. “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate David’s life, and his love of the game, than to invite his friends, colleagues and Phillies fans into his second home at the conclusion of the draft.”

The Phillies wore "DPM" patches in Montgomery's memory for the rest of the season.

Montgomery's family asked for contributions to be made to Phillies Charities.

Montgomery spent near a half century involved in baseball. First and foremost a Phillies fan, he began his career with the Phillies in their ticket office in 1971. He worked his way up in the organization, becoming executive vice president in 1981 when Bill Giles put together a group to purchase the team. Montgomery later became chief operating officer in 1992 before ascending to general partner, president and chief executive officer in 1997, while owning a stake in the team.

As team president, Montgomery led the team in its move from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park in 2004 and oversaw the club's run of division crowns from 2007 to 2011, including the 2008 World Series win.

He also received numerous baseball and civic awards, including the Allan H. (Bud) Selig Executive Leadership Award from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. He also did work with Phillies charities in the fight against ALS.

Montgomery grew up a Phillies fan in the city's Roxborough neighborhood. He later attended William Penn Charter School.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Montgomery sat on Penn's Board of Trustees. He also served on board for WXPN and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. He volunteered time for other sports and civic causes in the Philadelphia community and to promote tourism.

In August 2014 Montgomery took a leave of absence from his role as team president and CEO to receive treatment for jaw cancer. He returned as chairman in January 2015 and remained active with the team up until his death, the team said.

Montgomery is survived by his wife; three children, Harry, Sam and Susan; and three grandchildren.

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