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Obituary - Donald Phillips

Donald Phillips

1941 - 2023

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Phillips(2023)

Donald ‘Don’ Henry Phillips, beloved husband of the late Pat Phillips, passed away in Medicine Hat with family at his bedside following a brief illness on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at the age of 82 years. Don leaves to cherish his memory: three sons, Brad (Leila), Jeff (Boerny) and Don Jr. (Lisa); three grandchildren, Kelsey (Joel) Wagner, Alexander Phillips and Anthony Phillips; his very special great-granddaughter, Madeline Wagner as well as numerous other extended family including daughter-in-law, Laverne Phillips. He was predeceased by his honourary grandchild, Mitchell Burton. Don was born and raised in the Trail, B.C. area. He proudly served in the R.C.A.F. from 1960 - 1994, retiring in Medicine Hat. During retirement, Don was very involved and donated much of his time to the Royal Canadian Legion, Robertson Memorial Branch #17 as well as the Lions Club of Medicine Hat. Don’s strong sense of duty for his family and for his country will be forever remembered by all who knew him. A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, November 10, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Private Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery with a time of fellowship thereafter in the Cook Southland Reception Facility. Don’s celebration will be live streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience his celebration may visit the Cook Southland website and select the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. Family wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff of 4 West at the Hospital for the wonderful care Don received while there. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at If friends so desire, donations in memory of Don may be made to the Poppy Fund c/o the Royal Canadian Legion, Robertson Memorial Branch #17, 702 - 2 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 0E1. Please note with your donation that it is in memory of Don Phillips.

November 10th


  1. Jacques Isabel:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 06:32 PM

    I miss you already my old friend. We offer our deepest condolences to your son's and their family. You left a deep sense of friendships with all the people that knew and work for you. We were the lucky one. The only one happy to see you go is Pat, because know she has you again. Rest in peace trucker, your shift is over.

  2. Ian Whiteley:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 07:06 PM

    RIP Sir.

    I had the distinct pleasure of serving under his command in Germany. He was a kind and caring leader, never forgetting his troops. Thank you, Sir for making it such a pleasurable experience.

    My sincere condolences to his family.

  3. Paul Cormier:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 08:14 PM

    My deepest condolences to all of the family and friends of Capt Phillips.
    I had the privilege of serving under his command at Base Transport at CFB Baden in Germany. Always looked after his troops and had a great sense of humor.
    Stand easy Sir, may you rest in peace 🙏

  4. Joe & Pat Wong:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 10:17 PM

    So Long Don:
    A loving son, an intelligent man, a dedicated soldier, a dearest friend, my buddy, my soul brother, a loving husband, a caring father, a doting grandfather and always a gift from God to all you touched here on earth! This was you, that I knew, from our beginnings in RCAF Greenwood, 1962 until our last visit on my 80th B’day party, July 22, ‘23 in Strathmore, your being there made it complete for Pat & me ❤️ Give your Patty a hug for us ❤️❤️❤️❤️ we’re going to miss you… A Lot! 😘😘😘😘 God Bless

  5. Bev & Roz Wilson:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 11:15 AM

    A great friend and Mentor.
    An honour to have served with Don.
    Hard to find the words to express our sorrow for the loss of a great man, a wonderful father and husband who will be sorely missed by all who knew him. A great Canadian military officer who left his mark on all who served with him or knew of him.
    Condolences to the family and friends.

  6. Jytte Olechowski:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 11:55 AM

    I already miss you my friend. Perry and I were blessed to have you and Pat in our lives. We will forever hold you in our hearts. ❤️

  7. Rhonda Crittenden:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 02:19 PM

    Deepest condolences to the Phillips family.
    It breaks my heart ❤️ to see that Don has passed. I worked with Don at Big M Ford for many years. When my father passed many years ago, Don told me that anything he could do for me to just ask. He meant it and always checked on me and stood true to his words on more than one occasion. That was him and Pat as well, they were always kind, considerate and above all caring. He always lent an ear for listening and would always offer advice (like a father) if asked. May he Rest in Peace with his beloved wife and the comfort of knowing he touched many lives positively in his time on earth.
    Cherish your memories and he will remain forever in your hearts 💕

    Rhonda Crittenden

  8. Don & Barb:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 07:44 PM

    We can’t start to tell you our feelings on your passing, it has left a large hole in our hearts. When talking about relatives you were one of the best. We will always remember all the trips we went on together, all the family dinners and all the time we spent in each others homes. Sending the boys and their families our prayers and condolences. Rest in peace Don and give Pat lots of hugs from us.
    Don & Barb

  9. Garry Ferwerda:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 11:45 PM

    Don: when we first met in Wainwright in ‘77 little did we know the relationship we would start . We cleared in the same day. The next 3 years was time where we shared work and leisure time together as families. The weekend get togethers, camping at Cap Eyre, Hutch and Lucille, the Christmas snowball. So much fun and memories. We shared Christmas in Cold Lake.

    Then in 1980 we were both Commissioned into the Officer Corp. Attended Staff School together in ‘81.

    Yes Don we made memories. Mine will always be of you and Pat. She was such a lovely and caring person and I was fortunate to meet you two on several occasions after my military career ended. I cherish those moments.

    Rest in peace my dear friend, I will truly miss. Say hi to Pat.

  10. Elizabeth Campbell:
    Nov 02, 2023 at 12:55 PM

    Deepest condolences to the family. I miss talking to you by the mailbox when you were walking your dog. You were a great friendly neighbour with a big heart. RIP Don. From you neighbour at house #88

  11. Claude Bourgeois:
    Nov 03, 2023 at 12:24 PM

    I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of this great man. I had the privilege of meeting him for the first time in Cold Lake and a few years later, the honour of working under his command in Baden-Soelingen. He was a great leader, knew all his troops by their first name and ensured their welfare as first priority.
    As you depart on the advance party to be with Pat, kiss her and thank her on my behalf, for all those times I Snowballed your place with a few inebriated souls in tow. She could always whip something up for the troops.
    As Remembrance Day rolls around you will hold a special place in my thoughts, Lest we forget.
    Rest easy my friend

  12. Norm Woodside:
    Nov 04, 2023 at 09:36 AM

    Don, it was hard on Linda and I when Pat passed away; now my good friend you have gone to be your beautiful Pat. I suppose you, Pat and Linda will be having your morning coffee together. You were a great friend to me and we had some good talks and some war stories that we repeated many times over the years.
    I will truly miss your friendship.
    Rest in peace and my condolences to your family

  13. Lesley Wong:
    Nov 04, 2023 at 09:26 PM

    Iʻm so grateful to have had the chance to see you at Dadʻs birthday celebration this summer - you were always quick with a smile and warm hugs for everyone. It was such an absolute pleasure to have had a moment to chat, reconnect and share aloha. You will be deeply missed - a testament to how much you were loved. Sending aloha to keep your family and friends throughout. Me ke aloha pumehana

  14. Charlene Andreas:
    Nov 07, 2023 at 07:35 AM

    My deepest sympathy to Don's family. He loved to talk about you all and was very proud of you. He was a kind and interesting man. He loved his dog Dakota, he took such good care of her, they were a great team.

  15. Wendy Loewen:
    Nov 07, 2023 at 05:20 PM

    Very sad to hear of your passing. Miss you and our chats as you and Sweet Dakota would pass by. You were always there to share a laugh, smile and you were a Great friend.
    Rest Easy my Friend
    Sending condolences to your family at this very sad time.

  16. Lorna Grant:
    Nov 08, 2023 at 12:08 AM

    So sorry to read of Don's passing. Condolences to all the family. First met Don in 1997 when we were at Batus. Such a wonderful man and we kept in touch for years. Will miss his big smile and hugs he gave me whenever we saw him.

  17. Gino and Pat Lannattone:
    Nov 09, 2023 at 12:44 PM

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Phillips family. We had the pleasure of meeting Don and Pat on several occasions and we always enjoyed their conversation, knowledge and wit. We wish you courage during these difficult times.

  18. Donald & Shirley:
    Nov 10, 2023 at 08:34 AM

    Shirley and I express our Sincere, heart felt condolences to all Don’s Family and Friends. Don was one of the Best Friends I ever had. He was a great person and a Fantastic Leader. Don will always be in our hearts and thoughts. God bless.

  19. Bonnie and Dan Cameron:
    Nov 10, 2023 at 10:25 AM

    Dear Brad, Jeff and Don and families, we are so saddened to learn of Don's passing. Don and I (Bonnie) were first cousins - his mother, Bea (Effie) and my mother, Juanita, were sisters. 
    As youngsters, I recall many happy summer days, with my siblings Louella and Barry, (both now gone) visiting Aunt Bea, Uncle Claude and Don in BC: picking cherries and apples and maybe peaches; playing hide-and-seek; climbing trees; screeching about the slugs and earwigs; and Don laughing. He was 10 years my senior and the 'older' very good looking cousin. We had so much fun. 
    We didn't see Don and Pat very often but always appreciated receiving their annual Christmas update. It was great to hear about their RV'g and Don's ventures in sales as well as what each of you were up to. 
    Don and Pat made a trip to Edmonton when I got married in 1988 and spent time visiting with their Aunt Juannie and Uncle Joe. Then when he was posted to Germany Don welcomed them into their home and treated them like royalty - touring them around and giving them memories of a lifetime.
    Don was Mom's favourite nephew - well her only nephew but that is neither here nor there. In 2009, she was so glad to see him and Pat when they visited her in New Brunswick just a few months before her passing. Time and distance did its worst and Don and I lost touch over the past 10 or 12 years - a card at Christmas and the occasional phone call. Regardless, Don was in our thoughts regularly and will forever be remembered as a loving and caring man. 
    Please know we will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult grieving process.
    Love from
    Bonnie (1st cousin) and Dan Cameron
    Moncton NB

  20. Nova-Lee DoBush:
    Nov 10, 2023 at 11:21 AM

    Uncle Don....what an amazing man, uncle, friend, and surrogate dad. You have always been a strength in my world, someone I could rely on, lean on and learn from. You were and always will be one of the "Great Ones" and I will miss you deeply. Rest in peace... Uncle Don and please give Auntie Pat a hug from me. Until I hug you again...I Love you.

  21. Dennis DeLisle:
    Nov 13, 2023 at 06:49 PM

    I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Don. I had the pleasure of working for Don in Cold Lake. He was a class act and a true soldiers leader. He will be missed by all. My deepest sympathies to the whole family. RIP Sir.

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