The Passing of a Great Friend

phil2.jpgI am writing this to let you, the Internet Marketing Community know that we have lost a great marketer and to many of us a great friend… Phil Huff.

I would have written sooner, but I wanted to get permission from Jody his wife to let all of you know.

Phil Huff passed away unexpectedly in a recreational vehicle accident on Saturday, October 28th along with Jody’s father.

Not only was this shocking for me personally to hear, but Phil was just married to Jody on April 15th of this year.

Our prayers go out to Jody and Phil’s family.

I met Phil quite a few years ago at one of the first seminars I have ever went to. It was Michael Penland’s event in Atlanta, GA.

I guess that was 6 years ago now.

Phil commented on my wearing cowboy boots there to a seminar. LOL Since then, Phil and I became friends and talked frequently about Internet Marketing.

It won’t be the conversations about Internet Marketing that I will miss though. Phil and I often talked about life and how we felt about it. I always enjoyed the late night talks we had and those types of conversations that really make you stop and think.

He always had a unique outlook on life and was a walking and talking testimonial about the positive outlook you should have

You have to understand, Phil was one of the most caring and giving people I have ever met in my life and all us will miss him greatly.

If there was one big lesson that I’ve learned from Phil it would be that you have to be grateful for what you have. He always told
me how much he appreciated me every time we met. It was usually his closing words when we said goodbye to each other.

Phil… I appreciated you!

In closing, in Phil’s own words… “I love you man!” You’ll be missed, but I can tell you, you’ll never be forgotten.

We are awaiting final information about the services for Phil.

I will post about it on my blog when I hear more, I know many of you will want to attend. I do know there will be two services,one in Arizona and one in South Carolina.

16 Comments

  1. Ann Riches on November 2, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with Phil’s family and friends at this sad time.

    Stay Blessed, Ann



  2. Jacob Stein on November 2, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    Armond,

    Thank you for letting me know. My family and I will remember Jody and Phil’s family in our prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Jacob



  3. Jimmy Sweeney on November 2, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    I’m shocked. I’ve been on Phil’s list for years. I use his splittestgenerator and actually had a glitch installing it. I dropped Phil an email and he called me personally. I gave him access to my server and he did it for me at no charge. We spoke for another half an hour about mutual friends we had. What struck me about Phil was his kindness and generousity. I can’t believe he’s gone just like that. My prayers go out to his new wife Judy who lost her husband and father, and all the family too.

    Phil, I will miss your email communications and YOU man.

    -Jimmy



  4. Jim O'Connor on November 2, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    Armand,

    Thanks for letting us know! We will all miss Phil tremendously! My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, son, and entire family.

    Sincerely,

    Jim O’Connor



  5. Rich Rubinstein ("Doctor Duplicator") on November 2, 2006 at 3:14 pm

    I was shocked and saddened by this news. When I read the subject heading I hoped that it was some sort of clever advertising gimmick, the kind that is often used to get people to open emails. I kept hoping that it meant something other than the obvious. After all, the word “passing” has many diffent meanings. I held my breath as I opened the email and my worst fears were realized.

    I just spoke to Phil a couple of weeks ago. He helped me straighten out a problem with my main website, http://www.doctorduplicator.com.

    I first met Phil at a seminar in Las Vegas, shortly after Armand’s first Big Seminar. Soon, I became a client of his. He completely re-designed the DoctorDuplicator.com website and has been hosting it ever since.

    I came to think of Phil as a friend. He was always kind, generous, and courageous.

    He will be missed.



  6. Brigitte on November 2, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    To Armand and Phil’s family,
    My deepest sympathy! I did not know Phil, but just like Corey Rudl’s untimely passing shocked us all last year, so do we mourn Phil’s departure now. And we wonder about Richard Bach’s truism:

    “Here’s a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
    If you’re alive, it isn’t.”

    Whatever Phil’s or Corey’s, or anyone else’s whose parting we deem untimely, whatever their mission may have been: they have succeeded! They have lived their lives to the fullest, something many of us may not be able to claim at this time, and maybe not even when our bodies give out in old age or to the diseases of our creation.

    Blessed BE!
    Brigitte



  7. Jeff Mulligan on November 2, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    Always a smile. Always something nice to say. Always a good idea to share. And that smile.

    Phil was the kind of guy who made you felt glad that you knew him. He will be missed by a lot of people.

    Jeff



  8. dan on November 3, 2006 at 12:15 am

    I am very sorry and sad for you loss. My God give you strength to persvere through this time of loss. Please send my heartfelt condolences to Phil’s wife and family.

    God Bless.



  9. Pete Wailes on November 3, 2006 at 4:30 am

    Phil was without a doubt, one of the greatest online marketing minds that I’d ever come across. He had to be up there with “the greats”, like yourself Armond, Carl G., Alex M. and of course, the inimitable Cory.

    And sadly, like Cory, he’s now passed away, also in a car accident. The world has lost a great person, our community has lost one of it’s finest minds, but you know what? Stuff the world, and the community.

    For those of us lucky enough to have known him, we lost a friend. And Jody and his families have lost something even worse: a husband, and a father.

    I know you’ll all be remembered in our prayers. God bless, and take care.

    Pete “The Common Sense Marketer” Wailes



  10. shadrach on November 3, 2006 at 9:45 am

    Please send my heartfelt condolence to Phil`s
    wife and family



  11. Chip on November 3, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you Armand for letting the “community” know…

    I too was shocked by the news, and devastated by the loss of Phil and his father-in-law.

    Having known Phil for several years, I too felt blessed in having him as a friend and will miss him (and the wisdom he so gratiously was always willing to share).

    Playing a small part in bringing Phil and Jody together, I was able to witness a transformation in him – in the love he had for life, Jody, his family and his many friends.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jody and their families, and although we can never understand the reasoning for His timing for calling us home – we are all lucky and grateful for the time Phil spent with us here on Earth.

    God Bless you Phil!



  12. Alexander O. Asante on November 3, 2006 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Armand,

    This is to express my heartfelt thanks to you for unleashing this sad but very important news to the internet community and friends. Of a truth this is such a shocking news and quite devastating. I was first introduced to Phil by George, your Operations Manager in January at North Carolina during your Members Secret Seminar. As a Newbie I was looking for someone who could help me out in getting a website out there and that is where George introduced me to Phil who was sitting way at the back of the room with his small laptop. We became friends right there and then and I loved his good sense of humor. He did advice me on many things regarding web hosting and internet marketing as a whole. When I met him in last April at Big Seminar 7 in Atlanta it was like old buddies met again. Phil will indeed be missed greatly and to his beloved wife Jody and the family left behind I pray the good Lords comfort and consolement to them all. May the Peace from God which passeth all earthly understanding abide and keep you all in this great loss.

    Shalom.

    Alexander O. Asante
    Montgomery Village, Maryland.



  13. Rick Frishman on November 5, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    Armand,
    I am so shocked. We have lost one of ” the good ones” I met Phil about 5 yrs ago and he always had a smile and was always there to help anyone. And I have never seen him happier-these past few months. Pass my paryers on to Jody and his entire family
    Rick Frishman



  14. James D. Brausch on November 7, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Many of you know that quite a few Internet marketers have a rags to riches story. Many of those stories involve drugs on the rags side. My story and Phil’s story both did. Phil had over 16 years of “clean time” under his belt when he died. I have only 10 years myself. He was a bit of a mentor to me in that area of our lives.

    Phil ran an inspirational blog for recovering addicts. I have read his last entry quite a few times since his death. I think that last entry is a great legacy to leave (along with all of the other good Phil did). I think even non-addicts will find it inspirational. Here is the URL:

    http://recoverydoesnotsuck.com/2006/10/02/is-there-life-after-drugs/

    I once read a study that claimed that crack and meth drug addicts have only a 2% chance of death by any means other than something drug related.

    I also have heard many times that only 2% of us will have a positive net worth when we retire at the age of 65… 98% of us will be broke.

    Phil beat the odds in at least two ways. He was clearly a winner by any measurement. I look forward to seeing him again on the other side.

    I appreciate his guidance on this side.

    -James D. Brausch



  15. Dave Frees on November 10, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    Armand: Phil was a great human being and a great friend. He was truly inspirational to those who knew him and that would make him happy to know. Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil, Jody, his son, and his family. Dave



  16. Timothy Rea on February 3, 2007 at 1:25 am

    Armand… Hope you and the family are all great!

    Do you know who is handeling Phils server business? I have a bunck of hosting I bought from our friend Phil and I need to know who to contact. Can you email me and let me know what you know? Thanks Timothy