Phillip “Phil” Tarsovich, 61, of Richmond, Va., passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, surrounded by his family. After suffering with ALS, his body found comfort and peace while under the compassionate care of the nurses at Bon Secours Community Hospice House. Phil was born in Johnstown, Pa., where he graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School. He moved to Richmond in 1975 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University.
To support himself while attending VCU, he started working on a road crew for Slurry Pavers, Inc. Fred Dabney, owner, business partner and most meaningfully, a second father to Phil quickly recognized Phil’s intelligence, business skills and leadership. During his 40-year tenure, Phil became President and acquired partial ownership of SPI and its subsidiaries. Due to the combination of confidence and inspiration of Fred Dabney, the leadership, drive and vision of Phil Tarsovich and the devotion of the incredible Slurry employees, SPI grew into the successful company it is today. Phil extends his tremendous heartfelt thank you for the incredible support of the Slurry Pavers Family during the past 40 years and more recently during his battle with ALS.
In addition to his leadership at SPI, Phil served many professional organizations throughout the years, multiple committees for the Virginia Asphalt Association, board member and president of both the International Slurry Surfacing Association and the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance Association (VTCA), board member of the Foundation for Pavement Preservation, board member of MAC Casualty Insurance and board member and chairman of the Board of Directors at Trinity Episcopal School. The VTCA community and staff were incredible supporters and established a Phillip P. Tarsovich donation trust fund for scholarships for VCU Business School students in Phil’s honor. Phil was very generous, loved a project and had many skills and talents. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends as well as spending time with his family at their beach house. His hobbies included boating, fishing, golfing and any sport his kids were playing, especially traveling to watch his son play baseball. He was an avid sports fan but was most passionate about The Pittsburgh Steelers and VCU Rams Men’s Basketball.
The support provided by his loving family and generous friends throughout the progression of his disease was absolutely amazing and sincerely appreciated. He will be deeply missed and always remembered. He is survived by his devoted, loving family, wife of 34 years, Jane Carrington Tarsovich; son, Jordan Phillip Tarsovich (Mimi); daughters, Emily Carrington Tarsovich; Amy Tarsovich Carroll (Lee); and “Pop’s” beloved grandsons, Brayden and Beckett; parents, Phil and Wanda Tarsovich; sisters, Lynne Tarsovich Henry (Ken), Kathi Tarsovich DePasquale; brother, Paul Tarsovich (Margaret); along with many other loving family members.
Private interment in Hollywood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. A Memorial Mass will be at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 2700 Dolfield Dr., North Chesterfield, Va. 23235, on Tuesday, June 18, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bon Secours Community Hospice House or Harpers Hope Fund for ALS at VCU.