It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Phillips, formerly of Crownest Pass, Alberta who, on December 14, 2018 at the Foothills Country Hospice, succumbed to his respiratory illness at the age of 70 years.
Brian Keith Phillips was born on December 22, 1947 in Ponoka, Alberta to parents William “Bill” & Pauline Phillips. Their belief in the importance for family, respect, strong work ethics and Keith’s creative ways were characteristics that made him the fine gentleman he grew to be. He won the heart of his childhood girlfriend Laurel Lee Jessie Wilson and they were married on August 15, 1970. During their 48 years of marriage, they made countless wonderful memories.
Keith had a wide variety of interests and hobbies. His love of the great outdoors and adventure was satisfied through camping, hiking, picnicking, quadding and snow birding to Yuma, AZ. Taking Sunday drives to explore the unknown was his favorite. In addition to his many other talents, Keith was an accomplished musician who could play any instrument and created a band called the “Wrinkle Ranch Gang” with friends. He also spent many happy hours tinkering, inventing, fixing things and reading to satisfy his desire for knowledge.
Keith’s greatest accomplishment was his family. Whether it be going on a family trip, celebrating a special occasion, or teasing his grandkids - nothing brought him more joy than spending time with them.
Never was there a kinder, more patient, dependable and supportive person than Keith. He always thought before speaking and he taught us to learn from our mistakes. His gentle spirit and twinkling eyes will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is his wife, Laurel Phillips of Black Diamond, AB; his daughter, Irene (Trent) Fraser formerly of the Crowsnest Pass, AB; his grandchildren, Brian Linley, Keynan Fraser and Corbin Fraser; his brother, Bruce (Marlene) Phillips of Ponoka, AB; many nieces, nephews and extended family; and the multitude of friends he made throughout his life, especially Joe Lumley and Roger Marchand.
He was predeceased by his parents, William “Bill” and Pauline Phillips; his son, Bryan Phillips; and his sister, Donna Denton.
The Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Hillcrest Miners’ Club (22733 – 7 Ave., Hillcrest, AB). Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Foothills Country Hospice Society (PO Box 271, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5), or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555