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HIROSE, Phyllis Chow (nee Kook)

August 17, 1951 – Vancouver, British Columbia
July 3, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It’s with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Phyllis Hirose (nee Kook), after a short and courageous battle with cancer. She was a greatly loved mother, sister, grandmother, auntie and great-auntie.

Phyllis was born in Vancouver, BC to Jim and May Kook. Phyllis grew up and graduated high school in Outlook, SK and then moved to Calgary after finishing her course at the Robertson Secretarial College in Saskatoon. Phyllis’ greatest joy was her enormous family, but her true love was her grandkids. She looked forward to the weekend sleepovers so the kids could wake her up super early by jumping on the bed. It would not be uncommon to see her on the floor playing games with the kids, or having family movie night and playing Nerf gun wars. She was so proud of her son and grandkids and would let anyone know. Phyllis was a very social person and enjoyed meeting new people, sharing her stories and was very interested in hearing other people’s stories. Phyllis was dedicated and a hard worker in any job she had, from property management to an independent mortgage broker.

Phyllis is survived by her son Paul Pinel, his wife Jenna (Kletke), her three precious grandchildren, Lincoln, Cooper and Piper; her six siblings, their spouses, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Kari Liana, her parents, Jim and May Kook and her niece Riana Mae.

Her spirit and contagious laugh will be greatly missed.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to your choice of charitable organization. Condolences may be forwarded through We would like to thank the incredible staff in the Rapid Access Unit at the South Health Campus for the love and care of Phyllis and her family, as well as the amazing staff at Sarcee Hospice for their care and compassion.

In living memory of Phyllis Hirose, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. To all family members. My sincere condolences to you all on your great loss. This eloquent obituary says it all – Phyllis was a wonderful person and great friend. She was a very kind soul indeed and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I feel sure she had a safe passage to her final destination and that she is in a happy place, free from pain, worries and cares. May she rest in peace. Love you always Phyllis.

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  2. Ilyne Zacharias

    Paul, Jenna and all of Phyllis’s family, please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your loved one. Take comfort in all your memories. May she Rest In Peace.

    Sincerely, Ilyne Zacharias & George Bates

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  3. Phyl while you have departed this earth, you will be alive in our hearts and live on forever through all of us. It was a pleasure to have known you and your light will shine brightly on all those who loved you.

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  4. I am deeply saddened by the loss of my cousin Phyllis. My heartfelt condolences go out to her loving family.

    Helen, Samantha and Joshua Smart

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  5. My sincerest condolences to Phyllis’s family. I was very sad to hear of my cousin’s passing. I will always remember her as a wonderful person with a big heart. May she Rest In Peace.

    Phil, JoAnn & Emily Chang

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  6. Sue Black-Garland

    Only just heard of Phyllis’ passing – the Invis family extends our condolences and sadness.

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  7. My sincere condolences to the family. Phyllis was with us at Invis for many years and we had numerous chats about her business but it always included a discussion about family. She was a genuine, caring individual and enjoyed some real success in life and business because of that. Her customers loved her and often invited her into their personal lives – weddings, graduations and so on.

    I am very saddened to hear of her passing.

    Once again, my heart goes out to her family over this loss.

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