January 29, 1938 – May 19, 2019
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandpa, uncle and friend. Frank leaves behind the love of his life, his wife of 60 years Gillian, his daughter Karen and her husband Milt Dorman. His three grandsons, Josh, Austin (Jade) and Noah. His sister Catherine Robertson, sister and brother in laws Andrew and Leslie Spray, Rosemary and John Lee and Wendy and Pete Ehlers. His nieces and nephews, Byron, John and Scott Robertson, Rebecca, Anna, Pippa and Jenny Spray, Simon and Tim Geddes, Ryan and Kerry Lee and Julian Ehlers and all their families. Frank was predeceased on November 11, 2018 by his beloved son Paul and earlier by his parents, Algie and Earnest Phillips, his in-laws Bob and Joan Spray and brother in law John Robertson.
Frank was born and grew up in Vancouver, graduating from West Vancouver High School in 1956. He then attended UBC and went on to become a Chartered Accountant in 1966. As a young boy, he spent a few years in Prince Rupert, creating fond memories he was always happy to share. In 1958, Frank married his high school sweetheart and in the years to follow they had two children. In 1976, they decided to move to the country, starting an accounting practice in Chilliwack that Frank did until retirement.
He was a man of many talents; toy trains, a philatelist, gardener, lifelong learner and had a great love for music. Frank always had an animal by his side, whether it was a dog or a cat, they adored him just the same. He had an undying faith and spent many years involved in the Anglican Church. His love of music leant to singing in many choirs, from UBC to church, barbershop and community. He enjoyed traveling in his motorhome, cruises and trips to Hawaii, Mexico, England and Europe. Frank had a great group of friends from his school days. They holidayed together, played cards, partied and just cared about each other always. Many wonderful memories were made at family gatherings with relatives but especially with his three grandsons who adored him. Christmas will always hold a special place in our hearts because of Frank.
We all thought we had more time with him but Sunday morning, after a lovely visit with his wife-God took him home. We will celebrate his life on June 14th at 2:30 pm at St John’s Church in Sardis followed by a time of remembering and reminiscing in his garden at the family home in Chilliwack.
If a donation in his memory is to be made please do so to the charity of your choice.
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