It is with deep sadness that the family of Patricia May Phillips announces her death on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Born August 24th 1939, to Daniel and May Regan, the oldest of six children in war torn, London, England, Pat’s earliest memories were of air raids, bomb shelters and a series of parties as one uncle left for the war or another returned unscathed.
In 1958, at the age of eighteen, Pat married the love of her life, John Phillips.
A few years later, in 1964, John and Pat immigrated to Canada looking for a better life for their two young daughters and a baby boy on the way. They settled in Morrisburg, where John’s brother Reg lived and got busy with their young family.
Eventually John became heavily involved in the Morrisburg Lions Club and they lived a happy, busy life, involved in the community and their many friends.
Sadly, in 1985, John died after a brief illness and the light went out in Pat’s world as that chapter in her life closed.
Pat turned to her family, focusing on her grandchildren. She became babysitter, chauffeur, and best friend to Katie, Chris, Josh and Jake. However, as the children grew, Pat started to spend more and more time visiting in Great Britain.
Eventually, at the age of 60, she moved to Wales with her beloved sister Joan. Five years later saw her back in Morrisburg, now in poor health, to live at the Morrisglen senior apartments.
A series of strokes, COPD, uncontrolled diabetes and crippling arthritis eventually left her unable to care for herself, and she spent the last few years of her life in the wonderful care of the staff at the Woodland Villa at Long Sault.
Pat leaves behind three children Mandy (John) of Riverside Heights, Julie of Cornwall, and Mitch (Melissa) of Uxbridge.
Her cherished grandchildren are now grown, some with children of their own who were another source of delight for Pat. Missing their grandmother are Katie (Ross) of Brockville, Chris (Alexis) of Ottawa, Joshua (Brian) of Peterborough, Jake of Cornwall and Paul (Tania) of Morrisburg.
Two young great-grandchildren, Noah Laurent of Brockville and Tianna van de Kamp of Morrisburg are also going to miss their Nanny Pat.
Pat was predeceased by her best friend and husband John, her brother Danny-boy, and suffered the tragic loss of a baby great- grandson Donavin Williamson.
She has been committed to the care of Marsden and Mclaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg where in accordance with her express wishes there will be no visitation or service. An interment will be held in the spring where she will finally be reunited with her much missed husband.
Donations to the Woodland Villa Nursing Home would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.