Phil Haberstro -Founder

We are deeply saddened to announce that Our Founder and Board Chair,  Phil Haberstro,  passed away.
Phil dedicated his life to helping others. He wanted people to be happy and healthy. For 30+ years he worked to make our community a better place to live.
He took time to teach us about social capital and Phil had so much of that. Lifelong friends from all over know the legacy that he left.
We extend our condolences to his wife Bonnie and all of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Phil.

You helped so much more than you will ever know.
Thank you Phil!

“Spirt of Phil” Remembrance Day/Memorial

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Cardinal O’Hara High School
Tonawanda, NY

A day of activities will take place on Saturday, June 26, to celebrate the life and work of
Philip L. Haberstro IV (Jan. 17, 1948 – Nov. 18, 2020).

It will include a “Spirit of Phil” walk on the Rails-to-Trails pathway, as well as a memorial held for Phil at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda, N.Y., school alma mater.
Phil, in his last few months reiterated his desire for two things:

  • Try to keep the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo (Healthy Community Programs – Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo (creatinghealthycommunities.org) ) alive as the legacy of his life’s work.
  • Please support his high school.

The Wellness Institute is a nonprofit organization that strives to increase the human, social, environmental, and economic health in the Buffalo region.

The agenda is as follows:
9:30 to 10 a.m.:  Setup, onsite registration

**Register online**

– at Cardinal O’Hara High School (cardinalohara.com/event-registration)
Click the Check box for Phil Haberstro Memorial Walk – June 26

10 to 10:45 a.m.: “Spirit of Phil” walk (approximately 4 miles roundtrip, very level), starting behind Cardinal O’Hara, 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda

11:00 to 11:45 a.m.:  Reception

Noon to 1 p.m.:  Non-denominational spiritual ceremony

1 to 3:30 p.m.:  Memorial reception
Beverages (beer, wine, H2O) and food (pizza, wings and more) provided by family.

Feel free to attend any or all events. An online donation (of $30) is requested, though not required, and will support the Wellness Institute and high school.

Please wear casual attire for all events!

-Thank you.


We are encouraging all anyone who knew Phil to come together and help us make sure his legacy lives on by donating $30 for the 30 years he led the Wellness Institute. 


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