July 20, 1927 - September 12, 2023
1927-2023 ~ Long time resident of Sunvalley Crescent in Abbotsford, Philip passed away Tuesday September 12th at the age of 96.
Philip is survived by his four children, Linda Garrett (Ralph), Peter, Martin (Monica), and Gary (Deborah), and four grandchildren, Devin, Colin, Mallorie and Elizabeth, and two great grandchildren Maisie and Duncan.
Predeceased by his sisters, Dora and Pauline, both in England and survived by his close friend Audrey Reeves on Hornby Island.
Philip was born July 20, 1927, in Salisbury England. Following service in WWII, Philip earned his teaching certificate where he learned his woodworking skills. He went on to teach woodworking, drafting and mathematics. Phil married Peggy Targett who gave him four children.
In 1968 the family migrated to Saskatchewan where Phil continued his teaching career in Lampman and later in Langley BC.
Upon retirement, Phil focussed his energies gardening his half acre property and creating many treasured pieces of furniture and other marvels of his woodworking trade. His annual April tulip display attracted visitors from all over.
Phil's longtime friend, Audrey Reeves, accompanied him on adventures throughout the western US, north to Alaska and around western Europe.
In 1992 Phil cycled across the UK and in 1995 cycled 2000 miles around New Zealand.
Phil was an active member of Saint Matthew's Anglican Church. In memory of Phil, you are encouraged to plant some tulip bulbs.
"Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on the snow, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die."