Philip “Greg” Callahan, lifelong horseman
Philip “Greg” Callahan, 50, of Bridgeville passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 19, 1962, son of Philip T. and Betty (Moore) Callahan.
Mr. Callahan grew up with a passion for horses. After high school, he took every opportunity available to master the ins and outs of horses and horse racing. His lifelong career in the standardbred racing industry would start with mentoring from Joe O’Brien and Ray Remen who shaped him into an excellent trainer and driver. In 1985, Mr. Callahan’s lifelong dream would come true, when he and his wife alongside would open their own stable in Bridgeville.
In continuing his dreams, he had two beautiful daughters who he loved to spend time with, especially when it came to softball. Whether it was coaching tee ball or traveling team events, Mr. Callahan never missed a blink. In his free time he enjoyed traveling, cruises, the beach, weekend trips to Ocean City, and card night with the boys where he was best known as “Julio.”
Mr. Callahan leaves behind a legacy of excellence in knowledge, care and passion for the horse industry which his daughter Amber takes great pride in carrying on. He was so proud of how well she was doing and so excited for her to take the reins and train their new foal coming in a month. Mr. Callahan will be remembered for his love of life and as a loving husband, father, son, brother, caretaker and dear friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Callahan is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 27 years, Robin A. (Myers) Callahan; his two daughters: Amber and Megan Callahan; his brother: David Craig Callahan of Centreville, Md.; and his prized race horse, Rare Return N, who he came out of retirement to drive in their last career race which ended in victory.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Callahan residence, 14989 Butterfly Lane, Bridgeville. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Hardesty Chapel, Bridgeville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.