Philip E. (Phil) Milford, 81, of Wilmington, a news reporter for nearly 50 years, died November 12, 2021 after a long illness.
Born in New York City to British immigrants, Milford grew up in Philadelphia. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1959, serving on the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Independence and U.S.S. Forrestal until he was discharged in 1963 as a jet-engine technician.
Milford joined the Wilmington Evening Journal (The News Journal) in 1969 covering courts and crime, science, and aviation, until 1997. He then joined Bloomberg News as a business legal reporter. He retired from Bloomberg News in 2016.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and later earned a master’s degree from Widener University. He taught courses at the University of Delaware and Wilmington University. Additionally, Milford was the author of the book Delaware Trivia.
Milford earned private, commercial and flight instructor licenses and worked part-time for Atlantic Aviation.
In 1979, he became part of the news himself when, while checking Wilmington Municipal Court arrest dockets, he was accidentally shot and wounded by a woman whose loaded pistol unintentionally went off in her handbag.
Milford is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Maureen Crowley Milford; sons, Andrew (Kathleen) of Los Angeles; Brad (Jennifer) of Haddonfield, New Jersey; five grandchildren; a twin brother, Richard A. Milford (Elizabeth) of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and two nieces.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a favorite charity.