Stuart Dennis Phillips
February 9, 1939 to September 14, 2022
Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Mary Phillips, brothers Moran and Donald and his sisters Helen and Inata.
Survived by his loving wife Shirley, of 62 years, daughter Donna (Craig) Strachan of Campbell River, son Dale (Deb) Phillips of Qualicum Bay and daughter Deanna (Sean) Fera of Thunder Bay, Ontario and brother in law Robert (Betty) Brown of Vancouver, BC.
He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren Kayla (Anthony), Jesse (Lyndsay), Evan, Olivia, Natasha, Emily, Julianne, Chelsea, Adreanna, Luke, Amanda (James), Kimberly, Nicole and Jessica; 14 beautiful great grandchildren James, Jack, Jonathan, Zoey, Payton, Maddex, Jack, Jacquelyn, Jordan, Kaiden, Caitlin, Ryan, Adeline and Calum; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Stuart lived a full life in Deep Bay, always on the water and started out as a putter fisherman in his youth. He also logged at Olympic Logging, working for a short time at McLeans Mill in the Dunsmuir Olympic Camp, and worked drilling for coal in Fanny Bay.
Love had caught him when he found Shirley and he became a dedicated husband and father. He was hired by the Department of Fisheries on the Big Qualicum River, staying there until the call of the sea had him back commercial fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He used many methods of fishing such as seining, gillnetting and longlining but his true love was trolling for salmon. He also packed salmon for Norpac Fisheries out of Vancouver, BC with Shirley.
In his later years he became interested in Aquaculture, and he soon had a lease in Fanny Bay growing oysters and clams with Shirley by his side. He completed his working career at the oyster plant in Fanny Bay.
Throughout his life, he was never idle; as he always had interests to keep him busy such as hunting, country dancing, skating, golfing, bowling, numerous card games, tinkering, picking mushrooms and salal and digging clams. He enjoyed watching and supporting his daughters with their horses and going to the horse shows, as well as working side by side with his son, Dale.
He was a loyal friend, always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed. Stuart will be missed by all who shared in his well-lived life. Please join us for Stuart's Celebration of Life October 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Lions Den at 280 Lions Way Highway 19A Qualicum Bay.
The family is thankful for the support and care from the in-home care workers, as well as the staff and palliative care team at the Comox Valley Hospital.
Lives Cherished and Celebrated