Robert William Phillips (Xowlets Sts’ailes) passed away suddenly on Monday, July 7, 2003 at Vancouver General Hospital at age 68 years. He was born on November 9, 1934 at Chehalis.
Bob is survived by children, Robert Jr. (Naomi), Denise (Harvey), Laverne (Matt), and Mike (Rhonda); sisters, Millie Silver (Ray), Virginia Peters, Pat Charlie (Tunny), and Loretta Felix (Glen Roy); brothers, Reg (Louise), and Gerald (Paulette); 18 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary Ann; parents, William and Nancy Phillips; grandparents, Minnie Joe and Andrew Phillips, and Martha and Alex Joe; brothers, Arnold W., Ronald, Arnold Alvin, Theodore, and William Earl; and sister Eleanor.
Viewing for family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2003 at 7 p.m. at 1008 Phillips Rd., Chehalis. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2003 at 10 a.m. from Chehalis Community Hall, Father Gerry Guillet officiating. Burial will take place on Friday, July 11, 2003 at Chehalis Cemetery (Main Village), following the funeral service.
Pallbearers: Robert Bird, Clarence Pennier, Carl Simon, Terry Deneault, Mike Joe, Tom Kealy, Cary Jefferson, Gordon Phillips, Eddie Jules, and Andy Louie.
Honourary pallbearers: Cliff Scott, Merle Phillips, Irving Felix, Peter James, John Roberts, Ab Kelly, Leonard Fisher, Al Charlie, Johnny Leon, Johnny Williams, Larry Morgan, and Benny Joe.
Robert worked at G & R Cedar, attended Our Lady of Fatima Church, and was the founder of the Chehalis A.A. Group, former player for the Sasquatch Soccer Club, member of Chehalis Elder’s Group, manager for Chehalis Cobra’s Ball Hockey Club,a nd was a great hunter and fisherman.
He was a devoted family man and a role model for the community. Bob was an avid story teller and is deeply loved by all that knew him.