Just to clarify, because you guys are writing about Phil as if he quit his job. This is not the case.
He is just taking time away from the salt mines of Reddit and the community in general. Some are also under the impression that communicating with the community is his only job - this is also not the case. He is a producer, has a team to lead and many tasks that are invisible to the average Joe Cmdr - all connected with making the game better for everyone (on average, you sealclubbing GC owners).
So don't make this an obituary - he'll be back eventually.