It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip John Newman on October 14th 2023 at Ridge Meadows Hospital. He passed surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Phil was born in Llanelli, South Wales, UK on September 30th 1955, to parents Roger and Evelyn Newman.
Phil is survived by his wife Victoria Shan. His loving children Jaime (Lee), Debbie (Jeremy) and Jonathan. His grandchildren who affectionately called him Baga, Benjamin, Nathan, Calum, Jacob, Bronwyn, Bailey, Amelia and Henry. He also leaves behind brother Bernard (Beverly), sister Christine (Dai), Sister-in-law Emma (Simon) and many family and friends.
Phil lived in South Wales where he worked as an electrician. He made the major decision to emigrate with his family to beautiful Vancouver, Canada in 1995. However, he never forgot his home country of Wales and the wonderful memories he made with family and friends there. On many occasions he would fondly remember his childhood memories in Pembrokeshire and have us all laughing as he recalls a funny tale or two. Phil had a wonderful sense of humour, he loved making people laugh with his captivating stories, anecdotes and banter. Even as his health deteriorated, he still relished in making the doctors and nurses laugh at all his appointments. His next plan was to ask his G.P Dr. Okere who he always shared a joke with, for his permission to enter the next iron man contest. His personality filled the room. Phil had a talent for building and fixing anything and would always lend a helping hand to anyone who asked. He will be missed beyond words and will forever hold a place in our hearts.
“There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” - Gandhi
Please join his family to honor his life on Friday October 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel. 11969 216th Street, Maple Ridge. For those that cannot attend there will be livestreaming at https://www.youtube.com/live/rd795odGva8?si=7c0O0xClck3xO7NK
Light refreshments will be served at their home afterwards.