Ed was born and grew up in Coleman, Alberta. His wife Kate, was with him at NRGH when he passed away on the night of December 26th. Ed is survived by his second wife Kate, sons David of Surrey, Rodney (Judy) of Fort St. John and by two granddaughters, Victoria (Richard), Lauren (Jason) and three great grandchildren.
In 1949 Ed joined the Canadian Navy and served as a Marine Engineer (ERA). He served on a variety of ships and travelled the world. First stationed in Halifax, he met and married Ida Ward of Chipman, NB in 1952. Later in his naval career, Ed was stationed in Esquimalt (Victoria) until he retired from the Navy in 1974. He then started working for BC Ferries. He and Ida moved to Campbell River and later to Parksville. Ed continued his career as a Marine Engineer aboard the jaunty ship MV “Nimpkish” on the Quadra to Cortes Island run until his retirement. Ed was predeceased by his wife Ida in 2001 and son Brian in 1955.
Ed loved outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and cross-country skiing. He also enjoyed music and dancing. In Parksville, he met Kate Williams and they married in 2009. For several years they travelled in their motor home around Vancouver Island, to Mexico and Inuvik.
A Service will be held at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, in Parksville on Friday January 4th 2019 at 1PM.
Lives Cherished and Celebrated
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Edward Cyril PHILLIPS December 29 1931 December 26 2018 (age 86)..