Visitation Sunday for Late Birmingham Police Officer Philip Lai

The six-year veteran of the force passed away Wednesday from spindle cell sarcoma.

Members of the Birmingham Police Department are mourning this weekend after one of their own passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Philip "Phil" Lai, 42, passed away Wednesday after a long battle with spindle cell sarcoma. Lai was a six-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department.

Lai, a Macomb Township resident, is survived by his two daughters, Veronica Rose and Katherine Rose, as well as his mother, Patricia Ballard, his sister Christine and brother Tito.

"We at the police department would like to thank everyone who supported Phil and for all the kind wishes and financial support that (the) City of Birmingham provided him," Deputy Police Chief Mark Clemence wrote to Birmingham employees Thursday.

The Birmingham Police Department had the Lai family in mind late last year when they held a fundraiser for Lai's family at Dick O'Dow's.

Visitation for Lai will be held from 3-9 p.m. Sunday, with a 7 p.m. scripture service, at the Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Funeral Home, located at 36900 Schoenherr (near Metro Parkway) in Sterling Heights.

The funeral will be held Monday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, located at 18720 13 Mile Rd., between Gratiot and Groesbeck, in Roseville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Phil's honor will be appreciated. To leave a memory and to read more of Lai's obituary, visit the Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Funeral Home website.


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