Robert Duncan Carroll Phillips
Feb. 3, 1929 – July 2, 2018
Bob Phillips was born Feb. 3, 1929, in Innisfail to Joan and Robert Phillips. He passed away July 2, 2018 at Three Hills Hospital Continuing Care, wrapped in love with his immediate family by his side.
Bob is survived by his wife, Laura of 62 years. Bob and Laura met in 1954 and married in 1956. They had two children, Hal and Joy. Bob leaves to mourn Hal and his wife Laurie, of Eckville and their children Quentin (Carli) of Drumheller and Jenna (Calvin) of Red Deer; Joy and her partner Nick of Toronto and son Jake. Bob also leaves four great-grandchildren: Kadence, Brennan, Austin and Stryker.
Bob is predeceased by his parents Joan and Robert Phillips, and siblings Ken, Dolly and Norma.
Bob attended SAIT in Calgary, studying mechanical engineering. After graduating he went to work as a mechanic for 10 years at Rio Vista in Red Deer. In 1967, Bob and Laura with kids in tow headed out west to Rocky Mountain House to pursue a farming career for the next 25 years. They turned a blank slate into a dairy farm complete with barns, a house, cleared land for farming and pens for a variety of different farm animals. Bob was a true pioneer.
Bob had a passion for airplanes and got his private pilot’s licence in 1978. When Robert and Laura semi-retired from farming, Robert tried his hand at being a real estate agent; he got his real estate licence and went to work in an office. This wasn’t really his cup of tea so he ventured on to work for Parks and Recreation, which was a much better fit. He simply loved the outdoors.
Bob and Laura sold their farm and ended up moving to Three Hills in 1994, where they have built a lovely life. He loved to golf, play cards (especially solitaire) and take care of the acreage. They enjoyed fellowship with lovely Christian friends and enjoyed church service followed by a lively lunch with their cronies at A&W.
Bob’s health took a turn for the worse in 2015 and he moved into Three Hills Continuing Care facility. He went from being very ill to being healthy and happy for the next three years. Bob was a favourite in Continuing Care – he continued to touch people until the end.
God bless his beautiful soul.
A celebration of Bob’s life was held Friday, July 6, 2018, at Trochu Baptist Church, Trochu, Alta. Kneehill Funeral Services was in charge of the arrangements.