EAST BRUNSWICK - PHILLIP H. HOSSLER passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. He was 70.
Born in Denver, Colorado, he lived in Honolulu, HI; Bangor, ME; Maytown, PA; and Jackson, NJ before moving to East Brunswick 22 years ago.
After 42 years as an athletic trainer, Phil retired in 2016 spending the last 32 years of his career at East Brunswick High School.
A charter member of the Athletic Trainers Society of NJ (ATSNJ), Phil was also the president of both state and regional athletic training associations for over 18 years. He was an author of five books, 40 professional articles and a two-year weekly newspaper column on health and exercise. He also holds a US patent on a modular first aid splint as well as 8 copyrights on educational and instructional ideas.
Phil received recognition for his contributions with numerous awards and was inducted into four halls of fame which include the Athletic Trainers' Society of New Jersey, National Athletic Trainers' Association, NJ State Coaches Association, and NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Phil enjoyed golf, football, teaching, mentoring student athletes, and spending time with family and friends.
He was predeceased by his father, Paul Hossler in 2005 and by his mother, Phyllis Hossler in 2015.
Surviving is his loving wife of 47 years, Rebecca; sons, Philip Hossler or Scottsdale, AZ and Patrick Hossler and his wife, Inna, of Westborough, MA; brothers, Paul Hossler and his wife, Elaine of Phoenixville, PA and Palmer Hossler and his wife, Kay, of Landenberg, PA; sister, Portia Groff of Mount Joy, PA and two grandsons, Sam and Luke.
A visitation will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM with a service starting at 5:00 PM at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick. For directions, please visit our 'Services' page. A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Phillip's memory to American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org and the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org
My condolences to the Hossler family. My husband Michael and I worked with him for many years at EBHS; he was well liked and respected by students and staff alike. RIP
My heart skipped a beat when I was told by a young friend of Phil's passing. What a wonderful human being~~just so thoughtful, caring, patient, and kind . He was always at the HS and I'm sure Becky thought that was his other home. A teaching couple like no other. May he be resting in the arms of Our Lord and looking down on those he loved here on earth.
He was a terrific neighbor and friend. He was always willing to help you if he could. He will be missed
I remember walking into the training room for the first time feeling so nervous about what lay ahead as I started my journey as a student athletic trainer. I knew nothing and yet he was so patient. He invested his time and years of experience in my learning. Reflecting back now, almost 20 years later, I appreciate how rare it is to find someone so established in their career willing to sacrifice their time to a young kid with a desire to learn.
It wasnt easy. After school sporting commitments, taping ankles (hoping to come close to his!), homework assignments and taking tests. I just remember him sitting in his golf cart and looking out on the field being so content. Even then, I thought to myself I want to do something I truly love like he did.
He encouraged me to pursue a first aider position on the East Brunswick rescue squad which eventually lead me to become an EMT. I later went on to become a Registered Nurse and eventually completed my doctorate degree as a Nurse Practitioner. He taught me that “Integrity is the decision you make when no one is watching.” I have carried this with me and credit my love for teaching to him. I wasn’t an an A student in High School but he taught me with hard work, determination and belief in oneself anything is possible
I regret not keeping in touch with him and letting him know how I was doing. I pray that he is looking down on us all from his golf cart in the sky. Thank you for everything Hoss. May you Rest In Peace.
Christine (McManus) Stiansen
My memories of Mr. Hossler from high school I will treasure forever. We did a thing called “senior slave day”. He bid on me and my friend Virginia. He thought is was funny to get us up to the field house before school to jog with him. Clean the field house. We got him back by dumping two handfuls of foot powder on his head in the middle of teaching a class. Took it like a chance!
When my daughter went to EBHS, we got to reconnect He never missed a moment to come over for a chat. RIP Hoss 💔
So sorry to hear about Phil’s passing. Phil and I were teammates and friends @ West Chester State College in the early 1970s. Phil was the consummate football teammate. I can recall like yesterday his aggressive dealing with Diabetes. He would carry the ball usually for solid gain in yardage, make his way to the sideline, grab a snickers bat or coke, and be right back in the huddle with us. I wiil cherish our time together, I hope Phil my friend and teammate willRIP . May you gain peace in Phil’s strong legacy. Best. Mike Gallagher WCSC Class of 1973. Thanks Phil for your inner strength.
Phil was such an amazing man loved by all. RIP dear friend. My deepest sympathy Becky and family. May you find strength and peace in his love for you.
Mr. Hossler was a extraordinary man and will be missed by everyone.
I will always remember how proud we were when he first came to Madison! A real professional trainer! He helped so many of us with our injuries and made our accomplishments possible. He became a real friend to so many of us. We all knew he cared, always. All the big moments in sports history at Madison, and he was always there. He looked after us like we were all his kids. We were so lucky to have had him. I will always hold him in a special place in my heart. I thank God for the gift of Mr. Hossler in my life. God has blessed him and taken him to heaven where I look forward to seeing my friend again. I pray God comforts you all until we see him again in heaven.
It’s so hard to believe that such a special person has passed on at such a young age. Phil was so active and so enjoyed his athletic training days. Our children Michael, Matthew and Michelle always looked up to their Uncle Phil. With being active in sports they always reached out to him when any injuries occurred.
They were so proud having him for an uncle.
He fought such a long battle trying to get better., but in the end he was called home.
Much love goes to my sister Becky and her sons Phillip and Patrick. Just know their is another angel in heaven looking over you and guiding you.
I will always hear him saying ice is nice hot is not and drink that chocolate milk.
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
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