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REED, Philip Anthony

June 3, 1948 – Swansea, Wales
June 3, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Philip beloved husband of Valerie Reed (nee Chesterfield) of Calgary, AB, passed away on June 3, 2014 at the age of 66 years.

Philip grew up and lived in Swansea, Wales before immigrating to Canada in 1977. He spent a major portion of his career as a petrophysicist in the oil and gas industry, working in part for Canadian Hunter Exploration.

Philip is survived by his loving wife Valerie; children Samantha, Thomas and Steven; brother Simon and sister Julie.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada, #112, 2025 West Broadway, Vancouver BC, V6J 1Z6 Tel: (1-888) 822-9474, www.makeawish.ca.

In living memory of Philip Reed, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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  1. Rodger Trimble :

    Dear Val & All of Phil’s Family,

    My deepest sympathy to all of you … Phil was a wonderful man who brightened the lives of everyone he met. I am so fortunate to have had the honour of working with Phil at Canadian Hunter. A great petrophysicist … but far more importantly, he was a great human being.

    All best wishes,
    Rodger Trimble

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  2. Audrey & Dennis Woon :

    Val & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all in your time of sorrow. As you said Phil is no longer suffering and is at peace, but it still does not make it any easier for you all.
    We have many fond memories of Phil at Hunter’s parties, being it at a Xmas party, or a casual Bar-B-Q. He loved to have a good time, we shared many laughs at work, always had a joke to tell but was serious when he had to be.Phil is a great man and I know his family meant the world to him.
    Bless you all.
    Dennis & Audrey Woon

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  3. Robin Crawford :

    Val and Family, it is with great sadness to hear of Phil’s passing. My deepest Condolences to all of you.
    I had the privilege of getting to know Phil when he was at Canadian Hunter, when I was a supplier of Chokes and Valves. He would give me tips of who to see and what projects they were working on, making my job infinitely easier.
    I remember playing golf with Phil and another long passed friend Stewart Owen, I was their at Bearspaw when Stewart hit the bus with a golf ball.
    He was lovely man. A finer man never swung a club.

    Scottie Crawford

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  4. Judy & Mike Bunyan :

    Dear Val & Family;

    We are so sorry for your loss. Phil was a wonderful person and a great co-worker. I have fond memories of Phil during my years at Hunter. He always knew how to tease me with such a straight, serious face..and he usually got me everytime. We had a lot of laughs. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts.

    Judy & Mike Bunyan

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  5. Lawrie and Shirley Schmidt :

    Val and Family,
    We were very sad to learn of Phil’s passing and we offer our sympathy to the family in your time of sorrow. I remember my many weekend golf games with Phil at Bearspaw and always enjoyed his company and humour. Our prayers are with you.
    Lawrie and Shirley

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  6. Suzanne McInnes :

    I am so sorry to hear about Phil. He was a great person. I have many happy memories of times with him at Hunter. My thoughts and prayers to you Val, and the family.

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  7. Greg & Christine Reid :

    Val, Tom, Stephen, Samantha
    We were saddened to learn of Phil’s passing. When I look back Phil was a big part of my life for 36 years. Co-worker, neighbor, golf buddy and partner in crime for practical jokes. It is a blessing to have known someone who enriched our lives with his knowledge, wit & humor on a daily basis. If Phil wasn’t thinking of a better way to find oil & gas he would be thinking of how to stir the pot on someone or something or planning the next practical joke. He relished that I never did top his Nissan Sting joke on me. Maybe when I catch up with him.
    Rest in peace my friend.
    Thoughts and prayers are with family.
    Greg & Christine Reid

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  8. Ian Grierson :

    Dear Val & family,
    I am deeply saddened to learn that my very best friend whilst at Swansea University has passed away. My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.

    Ian (Grierson) Oxford UK.

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  9. Sidney& Nora Ott :

    Dear Valerie & family,
    I had the pleasure of working for and with Phil at Canadian Hunter. He was a mentor who had a great influence on me in my career. Always there with a joke or uplifting story he was a true gem of a human being. Nora and I were sad to here of his passing and our thoughts are with you.

    Sidney & Nora Ott

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  10. Mike Corrigan :

    Val and family:
    Very sorry for your loss, Phil was one of the good guys to work with always quick with a smile and a witty comment. He will be missed.
    Mike Corrigan

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  11. Gloria Jensen :

    To Val and Sam and Sam’s brothers – I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m glad I got to work with Phil.

    What a kind, patient man. I remember being on the golf team with him for one of the Berens tournaments. I am not a golfer, but Phil was determined that I should succeed in even a small way, and even enjoy myself, and I did, at least that day, and it was in large measure thanks to his efforts. If only he could have been on my team for subsequent attempts at other ill-fated tournaments.

    When I think of Phil, it is often in the context of being The Brit in our midst, and he filled that role so well. At one of our get-togethers at the actual pub at the Sheraton, he was more than happy to discuss the “culture” of pub life and the joys and perils to be had. That will be put to good use some day, maybe not in Wales, but somewhere in Great Britain, and when we do, we will raise a glass to him.

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  12. Jim and Donna Conroy :

    Dear Val and Family,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and best friend. Words hardly seem sufficient at this time but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Phil was a person that everyone liked and our exposure to him and your family through our Berens Energy connection will not be forgotten. He will surely be missed.
    Jim and Donna Conroy

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  13. Dell Chapman :

    Our deepest condolences to the Reed family on Phil’s passing. I had many a great chat with Phil over the years at Berens. He was wise, passionate and brought a great sense of humour with him at all times. The world has not only lost a guitar player but also a great guy.

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  14. Paula and Tom Keegan :

    May memories come, may healing start, as you embrace all the happiness, love and fun times you shared in your life together as a family.

    Much love to you all.

    xo

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  15. Gillian Forster :

    Hi Valerie;
    I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. I remember you and Phil from Christmas (and other) parties at Beren’s, but Matthew talked about Phil frequently and how much he liked him. He was a wonderful character and by God – we will plan a vacation in Wales just because Phil told us to – repeatedly. I really want to hear the singing at a “football” game and will remember Phil if I ever get the opportunity. God bless you with love and peace, and happy memories of your life with Phil.

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  16. Matthew Reich :

    Val, Samantha, Stephen and Tom

    I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Phil both on a personal and professional level.

    In my 30 years in the Industry I have not met anyone with his combination of originality, practicality, ability to condense volumes of data into the key elements and ability to communicate. Phil elevated the science of log interpretation to that of an art. He taught me, and the many others that he mentored, a completely new way to look at logs. I don’t believe that Phil ever saw the pages of notes I took. They all starting with the heading “according to Phil”.

    On the personal side- what great fun hearing all of those old Canadian Hunter tales. And, whenever conversation turns to vacations I love telling people about how my co-worker advised me not to bother going anywhere but Wales: where the people, beaches, pubs, sports, scenery, beer, hiking, towns, are all much better……………….not to mention the spontaneous rugby hymns in 4 part harmony. I have yet to get there but it is certainly on the short list.

    It was truly a great learning experience and a great pleasure. Phil will be missed.

    Matthew

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  17. Randy & Anne-Marie Block :

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. Our condolences to the Reed Family.
    The Block’s

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  18. Steve Soules :

    Dear Val, Samantha, Tom and Steven,
    What an amazing man Phil was ! He was one of the finest people I have ever known – so honest, bright, caring, funny, engaged, engaging, innovative and sincere. A true friend in every way. Phil was a colleague, mentor and inspiration to me at Canadian Hunter for 11 years.
    He is sorrowfully missed.
    As you suffer through such a sad time, I hope you find joy, and smile, in recalling wonderful memories of your husband and father.

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  19. Allen Schink :

    It was a great pleasure to know and work with Phil over many years. His insight, advice and humour were always invaluable. I am honoured to have called him a friend.

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