As seen on Facebook

Flying Phil’s Facebook fan club has hundreds of members

The group was started in 2006 to celebrate local celebrity Phil St. Luke

Like most modern celebrities, Flying Phil has a Facebook fan page.

As of Saturday, the growing group dedicated to Phil St. Luke — affectionately named Flying Phil Fanclub — had 323 members.

The group was started in 2006 by Tim Nudd, who was born and raised in Parksville but has since relocated to the Comox Valley.

“I know he’s a well known, I guess you could say, local celebrity,” Nudd told The NEWS, adding he still actively monitors the page.

“I didn’t know how many people actually knew him, but it came to my attention (after making the Facebook page) that even more people know him than I thought, which is cool.”

The page is overwhelmed with photos of St. Luke — standing with a parrot at the Too Crazy Birdy Boutique, giving the classic thumbs up to passerbys, sitting in the back seat of a woman’s car, grinning outside a store with an enormous gorilla stuffed animal draped over his shoulders and hanging out with locals at Parksville events.

Greg Bay commented on the page July 7: “Some of my favourite childhood memories were wrestling with Phil and the neighbourhood kids in Whiskey Creek. In the late ’80s Phil knew everything about every wrestler. Too cool.”

Gary Craig posted: “He will always be Mr. Parksville to me!”

Duffy Michael Senior posted: “It was wonderful to see Phil in the parade beating his drum. Thanks for the memories.”

When Phil strolled into The NEWS a few hours after discovering the page, he said he was “shocked” about his growing online fan base.

“I feel like a senator,” he said. “Or a president.”

Phil admits he doesn’t actually have a personal Facebook account, but he’s flattered by the page made in his honour.

“Oh my god, wonderful times,” he said scrolling through years of memories. “I just love Parksville.”

In 2008, then- city councillor Chris Burger declared March 7 — Phil’s birthday — Flying Phil Day.

“Phil is somebody who touches everybody,” said the fan club creator Nudd, who first met Phil at Parksville’s annual sandcastle event when he was 4 years old. “It’s nice to have somebody in the community who can do that.”

Like most modern celebrities, Flying Phil has a Facebook fan page.

As of Saturday, the growing group dedicated to Phil St. Luke — affectionately named Flying Phil Fanclub — had 323 members.

The group was started in 2006 by Tim Nudd, who was born and raised in Parksville but has since relocated to the Comox Valley.

“I know he’s a well known, I guess you could say, local celebrity,” Nudd told The NEWS, adding he still actively monitors the page.

“I didn’t know how many people actually knew him, but it came to my attention (after making the Facebook page) that even more people know him than I thought, which is cool.”

The page is overwhelmed with photos of St. Luke — standing with a parrot at the Too Crazy Birdy Boutique, giving the classic thumbs up to passerbys, sitting in the back seat of a woman’s car, grinning outside a store with an enormous gorilla stuffed animal draped over his shoulders and hanging out with locals at Parksville events.

Greg Bay commented on the page July 7: “Some of my favourite childhood memories were wrestling with Phil and the neighbourhood kids in Whiskey Creek. In the late ’80s Phil knew everything about every wrestler. Too cool.”

Gary Craig posted: “He will always be Mr. Parksville to me!”

Duffy Michael Senior posted: “It was wonderful to see Phil in the parade beating his drum. Thanks for the memories.”

When Phil strolled into The NEWS a few hours after discovering the page, he said he was “shocked” about his growing online fan base.

“I feel like a senator,” he said. “Or a president.”

Phil admits he doesn’t actually have a personal Facebook account, but he’s flattered by the page made in his honour.

“Oh my god, wonderful times,” he said scrolling through years of memories. “I just love Parksville.”

In 2008, then- city councillor Chris Burger declared March 7 — Phil’s birthday — Flying Phil Day.

“Phil is somebody who touches everybody,” said the fan club creator Nudd, who first met Phil at Parksville’s annual sandcastle event when he was 4 years old. “It’s nice to have somebody in the community who can do that.”

Just Posted

Bowser residents protest marine sewage outfall plan

Veenhof and staff endures harsh criticisms at public information meeting

Qualicum Beach society goes to bat for insect eaters

Two bat houses built to monitor population in Heritage Forest

Parksville reopens portion of wetland

City undertakes review, remediation of liability concerns

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

VIDEO: After the floods, comes the cleanup as Grand Forks rebuilds

Business owners in downtown wonder how long it will take for things to go back to normal

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Ariana Kukors Smith alleges her former coach Sean Hutchison began grooming her for sexual abuse at the age of 13

Defence minister thanks troops for B.C. flood relief work

Harjit Sajjan says not only was military response quick, support from locals has been ‘tremendous’

Still no sign of missing father in Cowichan Valley

Search group for Ben Kilmer now stands 40 SAR volunteers and another 100 friends and concerned community members

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

UPDATE: Woman dies in ocean accident near Tofino hours before daughter’s wedding

“We are so thankful to everyone who helped our mom.”

PHOTOS: Floodwaters rise and fall in Grand Forks

The flood-ravaged Kootenay-Boundary region begins to heal

Martin Mars waterbombers’ firefighting days are done

Wayne Coulson said his company still hopes to find a new home for the vintage aircraft

Most Read