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de SOUZA, Philip Denis

August 28, 1944 – Devon, United Kingdom
October 2, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Our beloved Phil de Souza, PEng, passed away on October 2, 2018 at the age of 74 years. Phil was the beloved husband of Jackie de Souza (nee Pill) of Airdrie, AB, and father of Therese de Souza Dauter and Andrew de Souza (Stephanie). In addition to his beloved wife and children he is survived by his grandchildren Kaden and Andreas Dauter and Alexander de Souza; his brother Christopher de Souza (Elinor Kelly); his nephews Tristan and Sebastian de Souza; his aunt Jane de Souza and cousins Penny and Simon.

Phil was predeceased by his mother, Dorothy “Woody” Edna Woodman and his father, Denis Walter de Souza.

Our Phil was a remarkable, larger than life man, full of mischief, full of music, and full of love for his family and dear friends. He never believed in the ordinary and encouraged everyone to strive for excellence; to be extraordinary. He himself was exceptional; in his work, in his accomplishments, in his faith, in the way he loved, indeed, in his very being. He found pleasure in ordinary moments, and every exchange with him was memorable. A professional engineer, Phil’s work was far more than a career for him; he devoted himself to doing everything well. He was a member of Sir Knight John Timmermans Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly, and sang in the choir at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airdrie and before that at Ascension Parish in Calgary. He travelled extensively, living in England, Nigeria, Honduras, and of course, Canada. His favorite places were on a beach somewhere, atop his beloved Cornish cliffs, or wherever his family was. Even to the end he was laughing and joking with his nurses and doctors, family and friends, always lifting others up; encouraging others, praying for others. Phil de Souza left his mark. He will be missed and loved always.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church (1305 Main Street Airdrie, AB) on Saturday October 6 at 1:00 P.M., with a reception immediately after in the Parish hall. The Graveside Service to follow at the Airdrie Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Phil, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Bill & Jackie Clow & Family

    Our hearts are broken, but full of gratitude for the life of Phil and his presence in our lives. We knew, and were the recipients of, his capacity to love those who entered his life and touched his heart. We experienced the generosity of his spirit through the sharing of a beloved grandson, Alexander. We were touched by the grace of his concern and interest in the happenings in our lives. We delighted in his mischievous sense of humor, which left us either laughing or groaning depending on just how ‘punny’ he became. In our experience his family reflects this example of humanity he chose to live out daily. We are truly blessed by their presence in our lives. Our love,

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  2. Alison and Lorne Slusarchuk

    Jackie and family
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Phil. He was a very special man, one of family, love, faith, and laughter. We enjoyed each moment we were honoured to spend with yiu at Bill and jackie’s home.
    Your loss is emense, I can only pray your memories of happier times and your faith in our Lord Jesus will sustain you through this difficult time.
    Sincerely alison and lorne

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  3. We are very saddened by your loss and want you to know that our prayers are with you and your family. And be assured that God cares and will soon wipe away death and bring our loved ones back again. Rev. 21:4

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  4. May God bless you all in these trying moments .Your family and ours grew up at Ascension Parish ,we started the parish is St.Beads school with Fr Jack. To be strong stay together as a family watch over each other .may the Good Lord watch over you all keeping you healthy and happy.
    Ciao Guy Blasetti

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  5. Angela Chipchase

    Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. You are in my thoughts during this most difficult time. I have so many fond memories of Phil from my time in Calgary. Such a gentle soul, he will be greatly missed. Thinking of you and sending strength and love.

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  6. Chantel & Mike Uhrich

    Jackie, Terri, Andy & Family please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of such an amazing man. His love for his family was larger than life – so many happy memories! May God wrap his loving arms around all of you during this difficult time.

    With love,

    Chantel, Mike, Brandon & Justin xoxo

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  7. Billy and Judy MacKenzie

    Our thoughts and prayers to Jackie and all members of the De Souza family. Special if’s to Alexander from your PEI family. God Bless.

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  8. Carol and Gerry Nell

    Dear Jackie and family:
    Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time in your lives. Phil was a sweet and charming man who always seemed content. But the thing about Phil that stands out most to me was his beautiful, rich voice harmonizing with the rest of the choir members in his years of being in the choir at Ascension Parish. His singing of Ave Maria at Christmas and the Exultat at the Easter Vigil moved everyone. He was a man of faith and he inspired others to be. Our prayers are with you all.
    Carol and Gerry

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  9. Roberta and I are distressed to hear of Phils passing. Due to a previous commitment, we are unable to attend the service. Our condolences to the family from the Rogers family.

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  10. Dear Terri, Jackie and Andrew, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dearest Phil. We always enjoyed his company. He was a lovely, lively and humorous man. May God comfort and bless you all at this sad time. Love from Wolfgang, Barbara, Sydney and Jasmine

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  11. Ramzi & Sandra Farah

    Jackie, Terri and Andrew,
    Our heart felt condolences from our family to yours.
    Phil was indeed larger than life and wonderful man, with a gift of humor and ability to connect with others. We will miss him greatly. We will always think of him with fondness and smile at the memory of our conversations, walks and laughs

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  12. Jackie, Terri and family,
    Phil was a friendly face at Ascension Parish for years. I always enjoyed our conversations after mass, as did my parents. He had a beautiful voice and I still remember him singing at mass, especially his beautiful Christmas ‘Ave Maria’. We were blessed to have him sing at my father’s funeral. I’m so sorry to hear he has passed. Please accept my condolences and prayers for your family. He was a lovely man.

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  13. My deepest sympathy Jackie to you and family. I always wanted to come to see you when in Calgary, but plans always change. I think about you often. Be strong and remember the good times.
    Love MaryAnn.

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  14. Philip Massolin

    It was with great sadness that we learned of Phil’s passing. Phil was a remarkable man in so many ways. He was accomplished, intelligent, funny, kind … Most importantly, he was a loving person who was devoted to his family and friends.

    Phil was a special friend to Norma and Lino Massolin as he was special to all who knew and loved him at Ascension Parish. His kind smile, endearing laugh and beautiful voice will be missed by us all.

    We wish to send our love and prayers to Jackie, Terri and Andy in this very trying time. We will never forget Phil and the great impact he had on of our lives.

    With our condolences and all of our love, Lino and all the rest of the Massolin Family.

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