GAMESTER, Philip Henry - Peacefully on Sunday April 14, 2013 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, at the age of 91. Philip was the beloved husband of Helen (2004). Loving father of Judy (a.k.a. Jill) (Jim Killoran, 2007) of Vancouver and Wendy (John) Bacola of Stouffville. Cherished grandfather of Benjamin (Annie) Bacola, Marylin (Bobby) Farshchi, Matthew Bacola and Jasmine Bacola. Cherished great grandfather of Roxana Farshchi. Survived by sister Maisie (Frank, 2006) Goodwin, recently of Camlachie. Uncle to John Goodwin (1996) (Pat Waring of Port Lambton), Philip Goodwin of Vancouver, Joy (Bill) Cafazzo of Camlachie, Mark (Alice) Goodwin of Malaysia, and Ruth (Terry) Lamb of Kelowna, BC. Predeceased by his sister-in-law, the late Wynne (Rev. Roden) Evans of Woodstock. Also Uncle to Janet Snider (Scott) of Bayfield, Ken Evans (Maria) of Guelph, Steve Evans (Karen) of London, and Jean (Doug) Shippey of Woodstock. Phil was born in Worthing England in 1922 and served in the British Royal Navy during WWII from 1940 - 1946. Philip immigrated to Canada with his wife in 1947 and lived in Sarnia ever since. Phil became a member of Branch 62 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia. From 1954 until his retirement he had his own business: Gamester Advertising Specialties. He enjoyed singing and sang solos for many of the local churches. He also loved politics and was 3 times a candidate for the Federal Parliament. He liked people and he loved LIFE. Special thanks to his niece and nephew-in-law, Joy & Bill Cafazzo of Camlachie who so faithfully attended Phil in his final years. Also, special thanks to Trillium Villa Nursing Home for their kind care of Phil in his last 4 years. Special thanks to Ruth Haughey who chauffeured Phil to several doctor appointments. Special thanks to his former secretary, Jo-ella Nickels, who kindly visited Phil at Trillium Villa bringing fond memories of her mom, Elsie Pyette, who was the life of the Gamester Advertising Office on Christina Street back in the 60's and 70's. Special thanks to the staff and friends of Fairwinds Lodge for his happy 5 years there. Special thanks to Chris Cooke of First Monday who commissioned Phil to write monthly articles for his paper. Special thanks to the entire team of faithful salesmen that represented Gamester Advertising across Canada and to John Hopman, salesman, who surprised Phil only last week by bringing Steve Levschuk, general manager of Talbot Marketing to visit him. Special thanks to Mayor Mike Bradley who kindly gave Phil a ride downtown when he had to give up his driver's license a few years back. Special thanks to the Sarnia Transit drivers who allowed Phil to sing on the bus as he rode into town. Special thanks to the friends that welcomed Phil back into the choir at St. George's (All Saints) Anglican Church. Special thanks to Sheila Smith who accompanied Phil at many solos and brought fond memories of the Polymer Glee Club where Phil shared the leading roles in many operettas with his lovely wife, Helen, under the leadership of Clem Cassidy. These are just a few of the reasons why Phil loved Sarnia. Friends may gather to meet the family at the McCORMACK FUNERAL HOME - STEWART CHAPEL, 254 George Street (at College Avenue) on Thursday, April 25th from 12 noon with a Service of Remembrance to follow at 1 o'clock p.m. Interment of cremated remains to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in "Phil's Guestbook" at mccormackfunerals.com Donations to the Royal Canadian Poppy Fund, 286 Front St. N., Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 5S7 would be gratefully appreciated.
Louise Walker Parisotto
I had the great pleasure of singing in the choir with both your Dad and Mom. They were both great people. Also remember when your Dad first came to Sarnia he delivered milk to our house in Point Edward. My prayers are with you.