Phil was born into a small family in Portland, Maine; He was a fairly average kid, getting into trouble and making friends around his town. Along with going hunting with his late father while he was a bit younger.
However, due to his father's suicide, he became very away as a teenager just spending most of his Teenage years smoking pot and listening to whatever new Metal band he found at each chance, barely getting through Highschool before finding a part-time job working in a scrapyard for a decent sum of money. Of course, he mostly smoked pot and hung around when not being watched which got him fired just a month or two after getting the job.
After getting nearly kicked out by his mother he took the hint and got a real job in the once-thriving logging business and became a lumber-jack and got paid rather well for the time due to the dangers of his work. This would come to help him later in life with everything going hell, but at that moment he was content with himself and was studying for a degree in Engineering while he lived in his crappy little apartment near the outskirts of the city.
This took years due to his mother falling ill with stage 4 lung cancer, that of which, swiftly took her life, causing Phil to fall into another depression. Nearly losing his lumber job due to his lack of drive and with the manager breathing down his neck he just up and quit his job. Taking most of his life savings along with the money he got from selling his mother’s old house and just left, heading on a trip to Deer Isle to find a new life there, so he wouldn’t have to be so close to where all those terrible things happened to him.
(If seen on Chernarus the same story could be used, but rather, he just got on a plane and went somewhere new.)