Phillips, Merlyn Billy

Phillips: it is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bill Phillips on December 22, 2020 at the Souris Health Centre. Bill was born November 15, 1944 in the Souris to Jeanne Demer of Souris and Sandy Phillips, an Air-Force mechanic at the Souris Airport during the War.

He is survived by his wife Janet of 56 years and sons Rob of Hartney and Rick in Montreal. He is also survived by his brother Don (Cheryl) of Brandon, sister Bev (Bill) Wilson of Gladstone and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was predeceased by his grandparents William and Marie Demer, his parents Sandy and Jeanne Phillips and his step-father Bert Caskey of MacGregor.

Bill and Janet were married at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church on August 22, 1964. Bill drove a delivery truck for Souris Bonnie Brae Creamery until it burnt, he then worked for Lloyd Dandridge at the Souris Bakery for 8 ½ years. In 1972 they bought a farm east of Souris and shipped their first tank of bulk milk on December 1975. In 1987 they sold the dairy and bought a small farm at Grande Clairiere. At that time Bill got his Class 1 license and drove a semi for Keith Jones of SKL Enterprise  Melita for 16 ½ years; a dream come true for him.

A graveside funeral service was held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery on October 2, 2021. In memory of Bill donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice.


6 thoughts on “Phillips, Merlyn Billy”

  1. Janet & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Earl & Alice Bugg

  2. Dear Janet & sons – please know that we are thinking of you at this very sad time of losing your husband & dad.

  3. Dear Janet and Robert and Ricky, you have me deepest condolence. Bill was a hard worker over the years, from working at the Bake-Shop to running the farm, and then Driving his Semi. Rest in Peace Bill, you will not be forgotten
    Mary Ann Carlisle

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