It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband, father, brother and friend, Phil.
Phil was born in Rossland, BC on January 11, 1938 and died peacefully in his home at Talarico Place in Castlegar on October 13, 2011.
Phil was predeceased by his parents Ed and Levina Johnson of Kimberley, BC. He is survived by his wife Vera of Castlegar, his 4 children and their families; Kevin of Trail, Kathleen of Robson, Robert (Lori) of Vaughan, Ontario, and Christie (Louie) of Edmonton Beach, Alberta. He also leaves behind his brothers Ed (Joyce) of Dawson Creek, Steve (Jennifer) of Metcalfe, Ontario and his sister Kathie (Bob) of Trail.
Phil grew up in Kimberley, BC. He attended Notre Dame University, St. Francis Xavier University and UBC, achieving a Bachelor of Education Degree. He was a dedicated educator and family man. He taught school in Manitoba, Cranbrook, Castlegar, Elkford and Sparwood. Phil finished his career as principal of C. L. Salvador Elementary School in Fernie. Phil was an avid outdoorsman spending many happy hours hiking, fishing, hunting and mountain biking in the East Kootenay.
Cremation has taken place. There will not be a service at the family’s request. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Phil’s honour to the Canadian Wildlife Federation at 350 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, ON K2M 2W1 to help save the Grizzly bears in the Flathead Valley.