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PHILLIPS, Gary Brian

September 30, 1942 – August 21, 2011

Gary Brian Phillips awesome husband to Olga and adoring father to Alison, passed away peacefully from complications due to a fall sustained on July 18, on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at the age of 68 years.

Gary enjoyed a long and fulfilling career in the broadcasting industry where he made many life-long friends. His first job in 1960 was at CBHY in Yarmouth, NS, moving on to CJRW in Summerside, PEI, then on to CHSJ Radio and TV and CFBC Radio in Saint John, NB before moving west to become News Director at CFAC Radio in Calgary, AB and retiring in November of 2010 from CHQR Radio.

“Good Time Gary”, as we affectionately called him, was the number one fan of his beloved Ali, delighting in her every accomplishment or achievement no matter how big or little.

After his heart attack on August 29, 2001 more than ever he enjoyed and appreciated everyday of his semi-retirement, whether it was travelling, building model airplanes, reading, or just being the eternally optimistic Stampeders and Flames fan that he was. Being in the company of family and friends sharing some great laughs, jokes, good food and a beverage were his favourite times.

Besides his loving wife Olga and daughter Alison, Gary is also survived by his son Jason; sisters Shelagh (Brian), Patty (Joe), Barb; brothers Alan (Marthe-Lise) and Doug; as well as numerous nieces and nephews all of Saint John, NB. He was predeceased by his parents Elizabeth and Everett Phillips; and baby brother Scott.

Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank the incredible ICU team at the Foothills Hospital for their dedication and outstanding care and compassion.

In living memory of Gary Phillips, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Olga,

    I feel so fortunate to have known Gary well; shared a few laughs and a few “pops” along the way. What struck me most about Gary was his passion and commitment to his family, his un-ending knowledge of music and is ability to discuss the details of flight.

    He will not be forgotten and will be sorely missed.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Alison.

    Doug

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  2. Alan and Lise :

    A loving brother who will be missed by all his family and friends. Our thoughts are with Olga, Ali and Jason at this time.

    All our love,

    Alan and Marthe-Elise

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  3. Anne Campbell :

    Dear Olga & Family:
    I am so sorry to hear about Gary. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Anne Campbell, Halifax, NS

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  4. Omer Savoie and Kevin Pothier :

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Gary.
    Words can’t express how saddened we are.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Olga and Ali.

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  5. I had the pleasure of working with Gary several years ago. He was a gentle soul who adored his family. We had many good laughs. He’ll be dearly missed.

    My deepest sympathy to Olga, Alison and the rest of his family.

    David

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  6. Doug Phillips :

    My sincere sympathies Olga to you, Ali and Jason at this very difficult time. Gary will be missed by all who knew him. I for one will miss that broadcaster laugh that made you smile everytime he would laugh.
    God Bless you all.
    Doug

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  7. Dear Olga, Ali, and Jason:
    Uncle Gary will be missed by all….so sorry for this loss. xo

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  8. Tina and Kevin Williams :

    Olga and Alison:

    We are very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He will be missed by all of us that were fortunate to have known him. We will miss running into him at Tim Horton’s where he was never to busy to stop for a cup of coffee.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Tina, Kevin, Christian and Lukas

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  9. Arnold and Margaret DeLong :

    Olga: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sorry for the loss of your loved one.
    From Sharon’s brother Arnold and Margaret

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  10. Charlie Brown :

    Olga and family, please accept my condolences on the passing of a true broadcaster. Gary and I met from time to time at the Tim Hortons on Macleod over the last few years. It was great to hear his stories and enjoy his friendship during those small coffee visits. I know he loved his family and talked of the two of you lots in those times. Kindest Regards, Charlie Brown

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  11. Dave McIntyre :

    I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Olga, Alison, Jason and all the other members of the family. My memories are of a time spent many moons ago here in N.B. The parties, the cars, the dances, the sports car club, the girls, the fort, night parties on the beach, the apt, rallies, Gary A-Go-Go, the mustang, the parties, the vette, Wentworth St parties Riv, Randys, the Vic and McEwans, and oh yes, did I mention the Parties ?
    Rest well my long lost friend.
    Dave

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  12. Olga and Alison.

    I was so sad and shocked to see Gary’s obituary in the paper this morning. He was such a wonderful man and helped me tremendously when I was first starting out in radio at CFAC. I will never forget the fun and mess we had chasing pigs at one particular promotion for the station. We were wearing all white and ended up all black! Our thoughts and prayers are with you right now. Sorry I can not attend Gary’s memorial service on Wednesday as I am preparing for a funeral at Sacred Heart Church the same morning. Gary maybe “gone” from this earth, but I for one will carry his memory with me forever. God Bless.

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  13. Michelle Blaikie :

    At this time of loss, may you find comfort in happy memories. My thoughts are with you and Alison.

    Michelle

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  14. Robert and Nancy Garback and family :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with both Olga and Ali and their family at this time. We will always remember Gary and the wonderful conversations we had at Tim Hortons over coffee.

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  15. Olgan and Ali; Our prayers and thoughts are sent to you and yours on the passing of a wonderful man. We are terribly sorry for your loss.

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  16. Mike Hellingwerf/Margaret Holburn :

    Allan, Lise and Family,

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of your brother Gary, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

    Mike and Margaret

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  17. Staff and Management of Source Atlantic :

    Doug Phillips and Family,
    We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

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  18. Dear Olga and Alison,

    ~the only thing that lasts longer than sorrow is love~ Annon

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you both. May your many memories bring comfort as you grieve the loss of your beloved husband and father. We are so sorry.

    We recall fun times with Gary, you and Ali through our tumble times days; LBCA events and functions; ECS, elememnentary and high school years; and of course Safeway, the mall and Timmy’s.

    Gary will be missed by many of us in the community and way beyond.

    ~the Grant’s

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  19. Cindy Trenhaile :

    Dear Olga and Alison:
    I cannot express how sorry I am to have heard about Gary’s accident and passing. He was always a kind, thoughtful and friendly neighbour. He was our snow angel and now God has him as a real angel. Please accept our sincerest condolences.
    Sorry that I could not be there as I am in New Brunswick. We are praying for strength and comfort for you at this time.
    Cindy Trenhaile and family

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  20. Olga, I am so sorry for your loss.
    We are all thinking of you here. Love,
    Nancy

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  21. Paul and Martina toner :

    Olga and Alison,
    We were so saddened and shocked to see Gary’s obituary in the paper today. Our prayers and thoughts are with you both at this difficult time.
    Paul and Martina Toner

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  22. Donn Williams & Carol Nelson :

    Dear Olga,
    We cannot say how sorry we are to hear about Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ali and Jason. We are thinking of you.

    Donn, Carol and family

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  23. Gayle (Perkins) Janes :

    Even though I have not seen or talked to Gary for many, many years, I am still saddened to hear of his death. There was a time when we were good friends…he and his family lived just down the street from my family in Champlain Heights, Saint John. Gary and I travelled the school bus together and actually shared a double desk in Grade Ten. We also used to dance together on occasion! I know his cousin, Diane Duvar, and was with her on Saturday. Gary crossed my mind and I intended to ask her about him, but never got the opportunity. Little did I know that I would have news about him so soon. Please accept my condolences on your loss…I have very fond memories of him. Gayle (Perkins) Janes, Amherst, Nova Scotia

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  24. Merl and Luba :

    Dear Olga and Ali, our hearts go out to you, please accept our prayers and sympathy. Gary was a wonderful man, and we were blessed to have known him. love Luba and Merl

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  25. It came as a shock to read that Gary had passed. I recall the many times he came to Canmore to assist at CFHC – teaching and supporting the newer broadcasters and how he would spend the time passing on his skills. Also fondly recall working at CFAC with Gary and learning the business as he offered advice and shared some of his knowledge. He would also take the time to speak lovingly of his family. I have nice memories of Gary and Olga opening their home to us ‘visitors from the mountains’ whenever we would be in the city. Till we meet again, there are pictures and memories. Rest in Peace.

    Rob Tyson

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  26. So shocked to hear of Gary’s passing. My heartfelt condolences Olga & Ali and family.
    Gary loved a good joke – whether telling one or hearing one and I’ll always remember the twinkle in his eye and his tears-to-the-eyes laughter at a good one. Family was everything to Gary. Whenever we talked, no matter the topic, his family somehow made it into the conversation – with sincerity and reverence. Gary also had a passion for the news profession. He was always a class-act, a good man, and a good friend.

    Wayne

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  27. Gary MacDonald :

    Olga and Ali:

    My thoughts are with you. I feel honoured to have worked with Gary. He was a true broadcast professional and passionate “newsie.” Gary set the bar high both professionally and personally. His family was top priority.
    We are all very lucky to have shared time with him.

    Gary

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  28. Roseline & Fred Street :

    To the Phillips family we would like to express our sincere condolences and want you to know that our prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. Alan and Lise take care we love you.

    Roseline (Lise’s sister), Fred and family

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  29. So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you.
    Jim

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  30. Ray Mackenzie :

    Dear Olga and Alison,

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. May the lord heal the sorrow in your hearts. I have so many great memories of Gary when we worked at CFAC. His laugh is something I will always remember, I would do anything to make him laugh. Such great times.

    I would call him from time to time at QR just hear the latest news. He always told me about you and Alison.

    I will miss him as a friend and a Broadcaster, but most importantly as a family man. Goodbye Gary.

    Ray, Tracy, Don, Baden, Dan and Caylan Mackenzie

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  31. Deeply sorry for your family’s loss. I have great memories of having all kinds of laughs with Gary. When the job needed to be done, he was there. But also could laugh with the best of them.

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  32. Dear Olga and Alison:
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you at this difficult time. Keep strong!
    Love, Myrna and Don Keenan

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  33. Liette Chiasson McGraw :

    We wish to offer Alan and the family all our condolences. Thinking of you. Liette, Jean-Yves, Maxime, Patrick, Geneviève, Josh and Cameron xxx

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  34. Marilyn & Paul Kennedy :

    Olga
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you tomorrow during Gary’s funeral. Unfortunately due to previous commitments we will not be able to attend the funeral.

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  35. Johnny Thorson :

    Olga and Alison and all family members:

    I’m saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. He had a marvellously distinctive voice for doing radio news and was one of the really good guys of the media profession. My deepest condolences on your loss.
    …Johnny Thorson

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  36. Roxanne (Kirkpatrick) Jobe :

    Dear Olga and Alison, I’m so very sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. I worked with Gary at CFBC many years ago. I was very new to the business and I always appreciated Gary’s kindness showing a new kid the ropes. He was a true professional, a wonderful kind person, one of the best voices on air and he loved a good laugh! He will be missed but always remembered. My sincere condolences on your loss.

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  37. H.R. "Shorty" Price :

    Dear Olga,
    Please accept our sincere condolences from Doreen and I. I saw Gary at the Y some time back and my memory goes to happier days of your wedding! We wish you all the best in the future!
    Love, Shorty & Doreen

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  38. Jessica and Adam Hinton :

    Dear Olga, Allison and Phillips family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Jessica and Adam Hinton

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  39. Susan, Dan, Amanda and Chris Hope :

    Dearest Olga and Ali, We are so shocked and very saddened to hear about Gary’s death. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in the difficult days to come. My (Sue’s) fondest memory of Gary was “doing the bump” with him at my 40th birthday celebration at the Rec Centre. Gary truly embraced life.
    Sue, Dan, Amanda and Chris Hope

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  40. Jesse Johnston :

    Olga & Alison, Gary talked about you constantly when I worked with him at QR77. On those rare occasions when we were on another topic, he was either laughing or making me laugh. He was the first friend I made at the station and he quickly became one of my favourite people. I never took him up on it, but he always me offered something from his lunch. Always. Even if I was eating my own lunch right in front of him. What a great guy. I’ll miss him. My condolences. – Jesse

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  41. Gary and Chere Hopaluk :

    We met Gary having coffee at Tim Horton’s, a few years back. We will miss his friendly smile and warm invitation to join him for coffee. Thinking of you.

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  42. Elyzabeth MacLean Webb :

    To Olga & family, plus the Phillips in Saint John.

    I knew Gary through high school when we moved to Champlain Heights. There were just a few of us in our teens at first & he was a good friend to all. We have all been in various places & never reconnected. I feel so sad about that. I’ll always remember him fondly. My deepest condolences.

    Sincerely, Elyzabeth Webb

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  43. Dear Olga and family:
    I was shocked and saddened to see the story of Gary’s passing on the CTV evening news with Steve Murphy. I first met Gary when he was a “teen idol” on CJRW Summerside. He was the talk of the town, especially among the teen set. I was a very young newspaper reporter who had dreams of getting into radio, and Gary was my role model. He went on to big things in Saint John, and over the years, we lost touch. But I never forgot him, his cool look, his smooth style, all of the broadcasting attributes I wanted to be.
    He was a true professional, and I know you will miss him terribly. Sincerely Mike Duffy

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  44. Warren Goldmann :

    Dear Olga and Ali,

    My heartfelt condolences to you. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, all I have read and heard about him (e. e., from the Andre Tangelders) indicates that he was a most exceptional gentleman as well as loving husband and father. May you be comforted and blessed every time you think back to all the good times you shared.

    Most sincerely,

    Warren Goldmann
    (Friend and distant relative of Andre Tangelder, of Tehachapi, CA, and Rochester, NY)

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  45. Scott and Lynn Allen :

    To the Phillips Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. May you be comforted by the wonderful and cherished memories that remain.

    Sincerely,

    Scott and Lynn Allen

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  46. David Hasdell :

    Dear Olga and Alison,

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed my chats with Gary in front of my house when he walked your dog, no matter the season or the weather. You were there for our battle and loss, please know that my family is there for you at this time.

    David, Rebecca, Vanessa and Benjamin Hasdell.

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  47. Bev and Fred Cates :

    Olga,

    We are so saddened and upset to hear about your wonderful Gary. We thought the world of him. He was truly one of a kind.

    We remember so many good times with the both of you at Mom and Lee’s. So many lovely dinners and get togethers with alot of laughter.

    It pains us to think about you, and Ali, without him. We are so very very sorry.
    Sincerely,
    Bev and Fred Cates,
    Penticton, B.C.

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  48. Dearest Olga and Ali,
    Having just learned of your loss may I offer my deepest sympathy. I have so many wonderful memories of the times we enjoyed together in Calgary…. how you and Gary were witnesses at my marriage to Lee…also so many other fun filled occasions.Gary will always be held in the highest esteem with me and everyone else who had the honour and priviledge to have known him.
    Take care Olga and Ali…..may you find comfort in knowing that you are not alone and loved by so many.

    Love ,

    Arleen Maeck (Bond)
    Penticton, B.C.

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  49. Evelyn Belcher :

    Dear Olga and Alison, our thoughts and prayers to out to you. I just today opened your Christmas card to find the sad news of Gary’s passing. Such a shock! I immediately searched the internet for some way to contact you, also looking for your telephone number. I searched Facebook and found this page. Dave and I have fond memories of spending time with you and Gary in Calgary. So very sorry for your loss. Gary will be missed by many and remembered lovingly. Evelyn (Belcher) xo

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