April 15, 1948 – January 19, 2014
Phil has been an extraordinary presence in our lives. He rarely referred to his cancer as a ‘battle’, but rather as a part of his continuing journey in this world. Along the way he connected strongly with family, friends and community, lending a hand in times of struggle, a voice of celebration in times of joy. His passion for the protection of our natural world and, in the past couple of years, his commitment to health advocacy, is an enduring legacy. As a pioneer in healthy green home construction he was an educator, and as an international award-winning photographer and video producer of environmental documentaries, he was an inspiration.
His greatest achievement has been his eight children; Brandon, Demian and Cody, who he shared with Sandy, and Carmanagh, Forrest, Joyalea, Wylder and Tananger who he joyously raised with his best friend of 27 years, Julie, as well as his two grandchildren, Madison and Chase. And in fulfillment of Phil’s characteristic optimism, a new grandchild is expected this summer. Many of us left behind hope to fulfill Phil’s greatest wish of turning the small family farm into an adventure/education retreat for children with cancer and their families.
Phil felt surrounded by love and our thanks go out to the Oceanside Hospice Society, all his medical team and, most of all, to his unwavering friends and family; his Dad, Kit, siblings,Bruce, Paul and Barb and all his nieces and nephews who were such a source of inspiration and comfort during this difficult part of Phil’s journey. He has been the greatest friend.
We know his continued travels will take him to wonderful and joyful places and he will continue laughing and finding humour in the next life as he always did in this one.
To send Phil off on the rest of his journey, a Celebration of his Life
will take place February 1 at 1:00 pm at the Errington War Memorial Hall. Phil would welcome your stories and your music. In memory
of Phil, please consider performing a random act of kindness.