With great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather Phil on August 31, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Phil is predeceased by his loving wife Pat. He is survived by his six children Patricia (Kevin), Carol, Philip (Jane), Brian, Morag (Ken), David (Jen) his grandchildren Richard (Kristina), Melanie (Paul), Derek (Jaclyn), Chris (Taaira), Alison, Fiona (Charlie), Kelsi (D’arcy), Dana (Eric), Ian, Scott. Sarah, Stephen, Laura, Madyson and Paisley and great grandchildren Nathan, Josh, Kayla, Megan, Amy, Mason, Liam, Mya, Emma, Ellie, Evangeline, Keenan, Tanner and Raya.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Phil was active in the Boy Scouts, he served for a short time in the RAF, and became a journeyman electrician. Phil developed a love of soccer and became a lifelong Celtic fan. In 1954 Phil married Pat, the love of his life and his partner for the next 55 years.
In 1967 Phil moved to Canada with Pat and their children and they were welcomed to Powell River by a close group of Scottish friends who became a second family. Phil worked at the pulp and paper mill and was involved with the local soccer program, coaching and refereeing his favorite sport.
Moving to the Lower Mainland in 1975, Phil went to work for the Department of Highways. He joined the local badminton club, and later the mens club at the Fort Langley Golf Club. With Pat he took up Scottish Country and Old-Time dancing and together they became founding and active members of Saint Nicholas Catholic Church.
Phil always put his family before everything else and was a source of strength and love for his children and grandchildren throughout the years. For him the greatest legacy was the family he created. Even as dementia took hold of him, he kept his fiery spirit and his sense of humour still shone through. Our sadness at his loss is eased by the knowledge that he is freed from the suffering of the last months and is reunited with his loving wife Pat.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 20675 87 Ave, Langley on Monday, Sept 10th preceded by a eulogy at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the St. Nicholas Parish Centre.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Phil’s name to the Alzheimer Society of BC
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