Phillips, Bruce William

January 28th, 2016

Passed peacefully from this life, with family at his side, and entered Eternal Life in the early morning of Thursday, January 28, 2016.  Dear husband of Lorna Phillips (Grosman) (née Howie). Cherished Dad of Claudia and Calvin Thar, of Strathroy, and Rob and Bev Phillips, of Oakville. Fondly remembered as "Gramps" to Andrew and Ashley Phillips, and Elizabeth and Jeff Kargus, and great-granddaughter Emma. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Audrey (2003), parents Nora and Walter Phillips, and sister Glenna Pattenden. Bruce was born in Temiskaming, Quebec, on October 22, 1927 and raised in Montreal. A graduate of Sir George Williams University (B. Comm. 1956), Bruce's accounting career spanned over 42 years, having worked for the Toronto Dominion Bank, Sun Life Assurance Company and as the third of four generations to work for the Canadian International Paper Company, and various subsidiaries in Montreal, Burlington and London. Bruce married his first wife, Audrey (née Botham) in 1954 and together they raised and lovingly nurtured their family, making lasting friendships in all the communities where they made their home. Bruce's final years were filled with love and contentment after marrying his second wife, Lorna, in 2005. Bruce was a faithful member of Metropolitan United Church, a proud member of the Middlesex Kiwanis Club, and a longtime volunteer with many organizations including the LHSC Critical Care Unit. Quiet faith, family and friendships were cornerstones in Bruce's life. He will be remembered as a loving husband and father, a proud grandfather and great-grandfather, a trusted friend, and a gentleman of great character, integrity and generosity. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at METROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCH, 468 Wellington Street, London, on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Herb Summers officiating. Reception to follow. Interment at Woodland Cemetery, with private family committal service at a later date. Memorial donations to the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex Bequest and Endowment Fund or Metropolitan United Church will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.

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Helen & Rudy StofferWe are saddened by the passing of Bruce not only because of how much his family will miss him, but because we will too. Bruce gratefully accepted telephone calls in October for our birthday wishes. He was a friend and a good listener. He laughed at our jokes but treated us with respect. Bruce, we miss you already! Helen and Rudy
Bob and Donna StrachanDear Lorna and family, We know we are joining a host of friends who are remembering you at this very difficult time. We have fond memories of Bruce in both church and Kiwanis, where he will be very much missed in the days to come. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we commend you to God's comfort and peace. Yours very sincerely, Donna and Bob
Marg MedeirosThinking of you Rob and your family and wishing I could be there to see you today. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lorraine and Chuck BallDear Lorna and Claudia and Family, We are so saddened. Bruce was a wonderful person - a joy to be with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thinking of you at this very difficult time.
John and Mary LongworthDear Lorna and Family, We were saddened to hear of Bruce's passing. He was a good member of Middlesex Kiwanis Club and a quiet and respected gentleman. Please accept our deepest sympathy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Debbie, Grant & Brenden YoungDear Lorna, So sad to hear of Bruce's passing. Always enjoyed spending time with both of you. Our sincere sympathy to you and to Bruce's family during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.
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