July 23, 1945 – April 21, 2020
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present,” is Phil’s favourite life guide.
On April 21st, 2020, surrounded by loved ones, Philip Joseph English, 74, of Parksville, BC, went peacefully to his eternal home.
Born in Nanaimo, BC on July 23, 1945 to Phylis Strachan (Frank English), Philip spent his early childhood years well travelled from Nanaimo, Duncan, Calgary and Vancouver among others. His youth was spent primarily in Deep Cove and he attended various schools including North Shore High, Windsor and Argyle.
Settling in Vancouver in his early twenties he became one of the first certified dental technicians in the city, met his future wife and dentist Felisa Macaballug during a dental conference and went on to have three children, Philip, Cielo and Andrew.
He was deeply devoted to supporting his family and provided a beautiful home that was always filled with music, art, and friends. He poured his heart into his work and his own sports and will be remembered by many as a great team mate and one of the top fastball pitchers in BC for years. But it was his dedication to his children’s many sports and to the families and players he coached for many years in Forest Hills little league, North Shore girls softball, and occasionally help Oceanside Minor Baseball in the past years that he will be always remembered.
In 1995, Philip’s love for his roots and simple lifestyle brought him back to the Island where he settled in Parksville. He was reunited there with his Mother and brother and established Seaview Dental Lab. Over 50 years, he celebrated becoming a Master Gold & Ceramic Technician, and was proud to have been part of the Tucker Study Club for Dentists. He continued to master his craft until his final weeks.
Philip is predeceased by his mother Phyllis and his brother, Frank. He is survived by his common-law partner Maricel (son Karol); his three children, Philip (Chieko), Cielo (Hans) and Andrew (Kimberly); his seven grandchildren, Sammy, Ty, Brooks, Sawyer, Shaelyn, Skylar, and Kai; his Sister in law Christine, nephews Robbie and Joey and numerous cousins.
“I Had A Great Life” – Philip Joseph English
A celebration of his Life, will be announced at a later date.
Condolences can be sent by way of email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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