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1972 Philip 2020

Philip Diana

September 18, 1972 — October 15, 2020

Philip Diana passed into God's Kingdom on October 15, 2020.

Phil worked hard as a Supply Chain Manager, but was best known as a professional drummer and bandleader. He led and founded the band Grooveworks and performed incredible, blistering drum solos during his many concerts, wowing crowds all over New England. He founded American Drum Craft and was a self-taught musician, master craftsman and artisan of handmade quality drum sets of which he sold many sets globally to drummers including Blue Oyster Cult and Black Sabbath, among many others. Philip also worked for Grover Percussion where many musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra requested his handmade drums, that are still used today. Inside of the drums you can find his signature.

He was an avid fisherman and gardener and could fix and restore anything to perfection. He was known for his kindness, quick wit, great impersonations and constant humor, his sweet infectious smile and a willingness to always help someone in need. He was most happy when with friends and family and when making others happy. He deeply loved and doted on his nieces and nephews always relishing the next fishing trip or milestone in their lives and looking out for their well being. Phil lit up every room with his presence and energy. If you knew Phil you were blessed.

Son of Anna Diana of Burlington, MA and Lorenzo Diana (predeceased), both originally from Aragona, Sicily, his sisters Josephine Diana and three children (Alexandre, Nicolas and Adrianna Couchot) of Paris, France, Christina (Diana) Young and husband William and two children (Ethan and Christian), of Billerica, MA, Lorraine (Diana) Hrasna and husband Hans and two children (Andrew and Karsten), of Carlisle, MA, Jennifer (Diana) Dutile and husband Kevin and four children (Jesse, Jacob, Sam and Claudia), of Groton, MA, and brother Rafael Diana and wife Raquel and two children (Gabriella and Nicolas), of Sutton, MA. His family deeply mourns his passing.

Phil, we love you and miss you so much. You will always be remembered as the best friend, best son, best uncle and best little brother anyone could have known. Visiting hours Thurs. 5-8 P.M. at the Badger Funeral Home, 45 School St. GROTON, MA. On Fri. at 10 A.M, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Josephs of Our Lady of Grace Parish on 28 Tarbell St. in Pepperell MA, followed by a procession past his residence and final internment at Newton Cemetery & Arboretum, 791 Walnut St., Newton, MA.

To attend Phil's funeral service remotely on Friday at 10:00 am please follow the link:

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, October 22, 2020

5:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Friday, October 23, 2020

10:00 - 11:00am (Eastern time)

Our Lady of Grace Parish

28 Tarbell St, Pepperell, MA 01463

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Friday, October 23, 2020

Starts at 12:00pm (Eastern time)

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