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ALFRED THOMAS PHILLIPS (published on April 17, 2010)



ALFRED THOMAS PHILLIPS Beloved husband, cherished father and grandfather, Alfred Thomas (Tom) Phillips passed away on April 14, 2010 in Ottawa. He is survived by his loving wife, Nina; his three daughters and their husbands, Carolyn Phillips (John Cordeau), Melanie Phillips (Martin Adelaar), and Dianne Phillips (Joseph Wawrykow); and five grandchildren, Nicole and Matthew Cordeau, Samuel and Nadine Adelaar, and Nicholas Wawrykow. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Susannah, by his sister, Janet, and his nephew, David. Tom was born on June 15, 1915 in Winnipeg and grew up at Winnipeg Beach during its heyday, enjoying the famous rollercoaster and big bands that performed at the dance pavilion on the boardwalk. A talented student, he left Winnipeg Beach to attend Kelvin High School in Winnipeg. Following high school, he enrolled at Normal School for teacher training, which led to his first teaching position at Portage Home for Boys. He joined the Army during the Second World War, although he never served overseas. In 1948, Tom met Nina while both were enrolled in summer school at the University of Manitoba. They married in August, 1949, sharing their lives and love for more than 60 years. Winnipeg was their home until 1998, when they moved to Ottawa to be closer to family. Tom was a keen student and dedicated educator. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in History, as well as a B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba, and worked for the Winnipeg School Division for more than 30 years, teaching at Lord Selkirk and Sisler High School, serving as Vice-Principal at Isaac Newton Junior High and, finally, as Principal at Luxton Elementary School. He was a consummate professional, deeply committed to his students, teachers, and staff. Tom loved history and books and was always ready to share those passions with others. He took pride in the professional accomplishments of his wife, also an educator, and the academic achievements of his daughters and grandchildren. Upon retirement in 1975, Tom dedicated his talents and energies to the service of the parishioners of All Saints' Anglican Church in Winnipeg as a lay reader and parish visitor. He also acted as a lay preacher at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in Winnipeg Beach. In addition, Tom pursued his interest in world federalism, committed to the hope that peaceful and respectful relations among nations might someday be possible. Tom was an intelligent, thoughtful, and always considerate person. He was courteous to the core, never failing to ask after others, to remember someone with a gift, or to offer his help for tasks large or small. While serious by nature, he always saw the bright side of even the most challenging situations. Tom's family will miss him immensely and will always treasure his memory and the legacy of love that he leaves. They would like to convey their gratitude to the nurses and staff members at the Glebe Centre who cared for him with such compassion in his final weeks. A private memorial service will take place at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Alzheimer's Society or the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (Anglican Church of Canada) would be much appreciated. Condolences/Tributes/Donations www.mcgarryfamily.ca 613-233-1143


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