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Phillip I. Sellers, 71

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mr. Phillip Ian Sellers, 71, of North Adams died on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at the Berkshire medical Center in North Adams.

He was born in East Cleveland, Ohio, on September 21, 1948, a son of Audrey (Hathaway) Sellers and the late Harvey Sellers. He attended schools in Ohio and graduated from the Eastlake North High School. He then went on to earn his bachelors in fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute, majoring in painting and pottery.

Phil was a passionate artist, loving husband, father and grandfather. Phil and his wife Gail ran River Hill Pottery for more than 42 years. They sold their beautiful woven clay baskets all over the United States. His favorite art projects were often collaborations with his grandchildren.

Phil was well known within North Adams for his active community roles. He was involved with North Adams Open Studios and founded Art About Town which, coordinated colorful crosswalk paintings. He served as director of the Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival and was one of the founders of the Adams Arts Advisory Board.

He was a communicant of the Parish of St. John Paul II at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Adams.

Besides his mother Audrey, 91, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Gail A. Kolis, whom he married on November 26, 1970; his two sons, Jason Ian Sellers and his wife Nissa Kubly of Phoenix, Ariz., and Nathan Adam Sellers and his wife Julia of University Heights, Ohio; six grandchildren, Voss, Ravenna, James, Bradley, Nathan and Daniel; two brothers, Brian Sellers of Stow, Ohio, and Paul Sellers and his wife Jamie of Wendell, N.C..; sisters-in-law Ellen Clarkson of Massachusetts and Lynn Herlihy and her husband Jim of Pennsylvania; a brother-in-law William Kolis and his wife Donna of Ohio; his mother-in-law Mary Jane Kolis of Adams; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Harvey; father-in-law William Kolis; and brother-in-law David Clarkson.

Funeral notice: Due to current restrictions, there are no calling hours and a live memorial service will be held online July 27, 2020, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be directed towards an art charity or scholarship in Phil’s name. During this unusual time where personal contact is restricted, we are looking for the best ways to be together, to share, remember, and grieve.

Please participate with us:

1. Online Memorial Service: 9:30am Monday July, 27th, Service to start at 10am. Join via Zoom [also facebook live from Phil's account]  or by phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 350 104 8133

2. Share something with us: Create a short video to help us remember.

3. Memorial Fund: It's not required, but If you want to send something to the family, in lieu of flowers, we ask that resources be directed to help the art community that Phil loved.

*If you can't be with us online during the service, we will post pictures and videos afterward.

The PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams, is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to

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Gail I'm so sorry for you and your familyís loss. Phil was a great guy so committed to our community; sending prayers for you and all of your family.
from: Wanda Haleyon: 08-05-2020

My sincerest sympathy to You Gail. Your family will be in my prayers. The Berkshires will miss Phil and his involvement in the community.
from: Becky Cohen on: 08-04-2020

My sincere sympathy to Geil and the family at this sad time.
May your memories of happyier times bring you comfort..
Terry Taft
from: Terry Tafton: 07-30-2020

Dear Gail, our condolences to you and your family. 🙏🏻💙
from: Nicolette (Poplaski) and Walter McGovernon: 07-28-2020

So sorry to hear off your loss. I enjoyed getting to know so
many of you at the Eclipse Mill while tending the gardens
next door. Sincere sympathy to you and your family.
from: Jane Bettion: 07-27-2020

Gail-I was so sorry to hear of your husbandís passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
from: Dot(Nowak) Wandreion: 07-26-2020

Gail - We remember you and Phil coming to our house on Highland Ave, maybe 1969. We sat in our living room having pizza. You had anchovies on yours. First people we ever knew who liked them! We recall you had a VW bug, which we thought was pretty cool. Our memory may not be totally accurate, but we cherish it anyway. Although our lives went in different directions, you and Phil have always been on our radar screen. We are heart-broken for you and your family. We wish you peace and send our love.
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