PHILLIPS, Robert James - Passed away peacefully at the Welland Hospital on Monday, June 11, 2018 in his 91st year.
Robert spent his final days surrounded by the love of his family as he died from a broken heart just three months after losing his beloved wife and soul mate of 66 years, Beverly.
Cherished father of Brenda Phillips (Ralph Rochon), Patti Gonyou (John Andersen) of Welland, Peter Phillips (Lois Holmes) of Wallace, Nova Scotia and Jeff Phillips (Darlene) of Fonthill.
Proud and loving grandfather of Christine Greco (Anthony), Amy Gonyou (Joel Bamsey) great-grandfather “GG” of Charlie and Lucy Greco and Bruce Bamsey.
Predeceased by his parents Robert and Marjorie Phillips, sisters Dorothy, June, Iva and his infant daughter.
Born in Welland, Robert remained a life-long resident of the City where he was a longtime member of St. David’s Anglican Church. He was previously employed at the Cotton Mill, Atlas Steel, Stokes Rubber Company, the Interlake Paper Mill and retired as Director of Engineering at the Welland Hospital after 26 years of service.
He enjoyed many hobbies including roller skating, bowling, square dancing and loved to spend time tending to his vegetable garden.
Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends at the H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland on Thursday, June 14th from 6 - 8 p.m.
A memorial service to honour Robert’s life will be held at St. David’s Anglican Church, 369 Thorold Road, Welland on Friday, June 15th at 11:30 a.m. His family will lay him to rest, privately, alongside his beloved Beverly at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. David Anglican Church or Hospice Niagara would be appreciated by the family.
A special thank you to the PSW’s from Bayshore, especially Christina and to the nurses from the 3rd Floor at the Welland Hospital; your kindness and compassion will always be remembered.