I was in a place where I didn't here the news until just recently, and upon finding out I was very saddened. I saw Phil play with Y&T quite a few times in the 80's and he was a great musician and an imposing stage prescence. I can only go by all the positive things posted about him as to how great of a person he was. I'm sure knowing him personally was very rewarding and I only wish I had that chance myself.
RIP Phil ... we all love and miss you.