It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Phillipe Ryan, age 75 years. Phil passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 7, 2018.
Phil was born on February 21, 1943 in Grand-Calumet, Quebec. He was employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator, retiring from the Thunder Bay International Airport in 2008. Phil had a zest for life and when he was able, enjoyed fishing and socializing at Whitefish Lake, where he and Joyce had a camp for many years. They felt so lucky to have met and spent such quality time with some of the most amazing people.
Phil is survived by his children Judy (Joe) Szabo, Caroline Ryan (Rob), Joanne Ryan (Tracy) and David Ryan; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; brother Mike Ryan and sister Huguette Champagne and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Phil will also be missed by his friends at the Westfort Prosvita, who kept him going and made sure he was safe, as a family we are forever grateful.
Phil was predeceased by his beloved wife and soul mate, Joyce; parents Pam and David Ryan; siblings Jerry, Robert, Pauline, Fernande and Raymond.
A Celebration of Phil's Life will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 4:00pm in the Westfort Prosvita, 721 West Gore Street. Interment will take place in Sarnia, where Phil and Joyce will be interred together. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.
Should friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross.
You never said I'm leaving,
You never said goodbye.
You were gone before we knew it,
and only God knew why.
A million times we've needed you,
A million times we've cried,
if love alone could have saved you,
you never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts we hold a place,
that only you can fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
but you didn't go alone,
as part of us went with you,
the day God took you home.