Roy Philips

September 21, 1932 – April 19, 2021
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Roy Phillips on April 19, 2021 at the age of 88. Roy passed away peacefully with his family present at the Moog and Friends Hospice House. Roy was born September 21, 1932 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to parents Temple and Verne Phillips.
Survived by Marlene, his wife of 67 years, sister Lynne Fletcher (Gil), son Robert (Chris) and daughters Jacquie and Sandee (Maurice), 9 grandchildren Tami, Michael, Mandi, Ross, Ryan, Matthew, Ben, Marlee and Max, 2 great grandchildren Levi and Zoë and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and sister Jacqueline (1950). Roy graduated from Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and attended the University of Saskatchewan. He worked for powerline construction until he married Marlene and then became involved with General Motors in various divisions.
He left GM to set up distribution for STP products in Western Canada and subsequently all of Canada which brought our family to Kelowna in 1966. He later Purchased Grove Motors in Penticton, renaming it Phillips Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac which he operated until he retired in 1986.
He continued to be involved in the business community by sitting as a director on the boards of Valley First Credit Union, West Kootenay Power and Community Futures Development Corporation.
He was always ready to volunteer and was actively involved in the service community through his involvement in Kinsmen, K40, and Rotary. The friendships that he made through these service groups were very important to him. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He supported many charities and foundations throughout the years, especially the Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital and Penticton Regional Hospital.
His activities included his early morning walks along Lakeshore drive saying hi to everyone he passed and petting every dog he could. There was always a smile on his face and he was the eternal optimist. He loved to golf at Penticton Golf and Country Club spent many seasons skiing and hosting up at Apex.
He was a strong Penticton Vees fan, taking in all their home games and high fiving all around him every time the Vees scored.
He truly loved his family and enjoyed spending time with all. Teaching the grandchildren to ski at Apex and swim in the family pool. His genuine kindness, support, enthusiasm and continuous reminders of how proud he was of his children and grandchildren had a huge impact on us all. He was a true role model for his family. A gentleman to all that knew him, he met everyone with his smile and his positive nature.
The family would like to thank Dr. Dutchman, Dr. Ashton, Dr. Gill and all the doctors and health care workers that have helped dad throughout the years both in the Penticton Regional Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. Thank you to the staff at Moog and Friends Hospice for making his final days comfortable.
At this time there will be no service due to Covid rules, with plans for a celebration of life hopefully in the near future. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to one of the charities that he supported or the charity of your choice.
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