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BOURBONNIERE, Philippe Joseph Armand Hector

July 24, 1942 — March 30, 2022

Philippe Bourbonniere passed away peacefully on March 30, 2022, in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 79 years.

Philippe was born and raised in Lorette, Manitoba, hunting rabbits and deer for his three sisters and mother, in his father’s absence. A devout Catholic, Philippe often went to church and served Mass as an altar boy; his cousins thought he was going for the priesthood. He spent most of his free time at his Aunt Rose’s place helping with chores around the property, and was a good companion to cousins Philip and Paul. Together, the boys spent time creating bows and arrows. He loved carving guns, knives, and swords out of wood. He was a good child, and his Aunt Rose favoured and loved him like her own son.

In 1962, his dream of flying came true, when he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was then he began a fitness routine of weight lifting and bodybuilding. He spent time at camp Borden, northern Ontario, and attending advanced tech school. Between 1964 and 1966, Philippe spent 2 years in Chatham, New Brunswick, and then he went to Comox, BC. After 7 years in the Air Force he was discharged in 1969, and he settled in the Vancouver, BC area. At CPAir, he worked as a Simulator Technologist and was a leader in the simulator department. He worked for CPAir for 28 years and retired in 1997 An avid runner, Philippe ran around Stanley Park every day.

Philippe met Leslie; they went on many local adventures and had a beloved daughter, Danielle. They decided to separate and co-parent, and Philippe continued to remain a committed and wonderful father. He introduced Danielle to his passion for the world of nature, sharing it together from there on. He replaced running with a bicycle, cycling from Burnaby, BC to his workplace in Richmond, BC regularly.

Once he moved to Richmond, Philippe met and fell in love with his lifelong partner, Siony. They got married in the Philippines in 1994 and in 1997 they moved to Kelowna, BC. Together they had many worldly travels and frequented the Philippines throughout their 28 years of marriage, until present. In Kelowna, he had a 19-year career as a Simulator Technologist​ ​with Ted Banser for Kelowna Flightcraft, and he was able to retire in 2016.

Throughout this time and into Philippe’s retirement, he continued with weight lifting at home, cycling, nature explorations, and he had an affinity for home electrical and mechanical projects/creations/modifications. He was always like that, and described himself as a young boy, “I was inventive, creative. As a result, it was head to hands. I was in my own world, and it was difficult to sleep at night because my mind was so active”. His mind was always working on his contraptions, and he always had both home and workplace projects on the go. He was an extremely organized man, who was always well-dressed, loved his cars, and appeared reserved but was known for being quite entertaining, witty, and charming. He was a patient and well-balanced man, always aspiring for optimal health.

Left to treasure his memory are his wife Siony Bourbonniere; his daughter Danielle Marie Annette Bourbonniere Davis; his sister Joanne Bourbonniere; and the many cousins that Philippe was very close to. He was predeceased by his parents, Hector & Annette Bourbonniere and two of his sisters, Suzanne & Estelle.

We all know that he lived an extra year and 2 months because of Siony’s absolute love and care for him. We’d like to thank Dr. Michael Wolf for making Philippe feel the special man that he was to us. And, we would also like to thank the palliative and home care staff as well, for their compassion and care.

The world seems empty without you, Dad. But I know you’re everywhere.

A Funeral Mass will be held SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022, at 11:00 AM, at ST. EDWARDS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 11123 Okanagan Centre Rd East, Lake Country, BC. with Father Cerlouie Jimenez officiating. Interment will follow at Notre Dame Parish in Lorette, Manitoba at a later date.

Unfortunately, the link to view the service is unavailable at this time due to unforeseen circumstances.  If it becomes available, we will post it as soon as possible. 

Memorial donations may be sent to the Canadian Red Cross or to KGH Foundation Palliative Care.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022, at 11:00 AM


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The service for BOURBONNIERE, Philippe Joseph Armand Hector is scheduled for SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022, at 11:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Nerio, Tess, Marl & Joy says:

    May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you from Tess, Nerio, Marl & Joy.
    Take care always, Sis.❤️

    • Gabrielle Pangman says:

      Goodbye Philippe. You will be missed. You were always so kind and genuine. Siony….I am thinking of you….all of my love.

  • Rochelle Timbreza says:

    My deepest condolences goes to the people that were with Tito until his very last moment. It is very heartbreaking for me to know that Tito won’t be able to go visit Abra anymore. It has been a while since his passing but only now did I feel that he’s never coming back. I wished that I had spent more time with him when he was still alive, and regrets were also there of not being able to always accompany him with his early morning walks while he was still strong and active. Nevertheless, I’ll always treasure those moments and will stay in memories for a long time. Thank you Tito for always being helpful when I was still studying, your financial and moral support will be always appreciated by us. I also appreciate the times you and Tita visit home to spend time with our family, to roam around new places and make new memories together. I will keep all those closely in my heart. Rest well now Tito. Missing you so much. We love you 🤍

  • Ofelia T. Balubar says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of Philippe especially to Siony, her wife and his daughter Danielle. May he rest in God’s loving arms.

  • Rhéal Desmarais says:

    I wish to offer my condolences to his wife & daughter . I’m unable to attend in Kelowna but I will be present in Lorette for his burial . Phil was a very good & loyal friend of mine & I will miss him dearly .


    Our deepest condolences to the family! We will miss you Philippe here in the Philippines, our differences was never a hindrance for us to understand each other. You really love us (Filipinos) You always made a way to reach out to us whenever you are here for vacation. We will never forget you. Rest in peace!

  • Henes Family, UK says:

    Adieu Philippe
    It is now time for us all to say Goodbye to Philippe for the last time. This is sad, particularly for Siony, but we should take comfort by considering that he was a kind man. He leaves many fond memories of when we met him in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Canada and will live on when we recall the good times we had together.
    We send our heartfelt condolences to Siony and his family.
    Rest in Peace Philippe, We Love you.

  • The Page Family, USA says:

    It’s hard to say but goodbye, Phillippe. We will sadly missed you; your great memories will always be remembered. I still remember when Phillippe took me for a ride with his BMW sports car. It was a nice drive indeed! He’s a great Tito (uncle) ever.; one time he showed to our kids how to care an injured bird while we were visiting in Canada.
    Our sincere sympathies especially to his wife Siony who was always there by his side to fully give comfort, support, care and love during those times when he needed.. Also, our heartfelt symphaty to his daughter Danielle and to the bereaved family…
    May you all find comfort, peace and strength during this difficult time. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you.
    May Phillippe Rest In Eternal Peace.

  • Roland, celia, chelle and pj says:

    We’re sending our love and prayers. Philippe will never be forgotten, we will treasure our memories with him. We forever missed him. May he rest in peace.

  • Hernandez Family says:

    Our sincerest condolences to our sister siony and daughter Danielle. I know its hard for you to accept the loss of a man that you’ve loved the most.
    For Philippe , May the eternal rest grant unto you, Rest in peace bayaw. you will always remain in our hearts.

  • Chitt Timbreza Molina says:

    The heavens gained another angel . Although I haven’t met Philippe, I have been following through social media how well he took care of his family, Moreno of my cousin, his bereaved wife, Siony. I knew he really loved you so much, seeing all the amazing things he must’ve done. All that has been read about him gives me a totality what kind of husband, father, friend and partner he was. Rest easy with all the other angels. Until then Philippe…..

  • Ron & Lise Rousset says:

    Sending our love and deepest sympathies to you Siony and Danielle. We will miss his visits to Ste. Genevieve. We loved hearing his stories. Such interesting conversations were shared. . ♥️
    Our thoughts are with you.

  • Marcel and Jeannette Saltel says:

    We will miss your yearly visits. Many memories, our condolences to Siony and Danielle. Rest In Peace Ti-Num.

  • Marc and Michaela Saltel says:

    Sending our sincere condolences. Phil was a kind and well respected man. He will be dearly missed. Hugs to Danielle and Siony. My dad Marcel is with Phil in this photo. Love from Marc and Michaela.

  • Celi Mateo says:

    From Willie, Celi & Ian Mateo
    Sending our heartfelt condolences to cousin Siony and Danielle and family. We include you in our prayers. We love you !
    Ian and Philippe has a nice conversation in French when we saw each other in Calgary. Rest easy cuz Philippe! Here’s Ian’s message in French….
    “Sincères condoléances à Tita Sioni et à la famille de Philippe. Nous chérirons les souvenirs que nous avons eus lorsque nous nous sommes vus à Calgary.
    Nous envoyons nos prières et notre amour.
    Que Tito Philippe repose en paix.

  • Willie, Celi, Ian Mateo ( Chicago/ Philippines) says:

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to you Cuz Siony and Danielle and family. We feel your pain and may all the good memories you shared with Philippe comfort you and give you strength. We pray for the repose of Philippe’s soul. We love you !
    We remember how fondly we shared a few days with Siony and Philippe when we went to Calgary. We so appreciate you driving over to see us. Most importantly- Philippe enjoyed having conversations with Ian in French.
    Here’s Ian’s message …..
    “Sincères condoléances à Tita Sioni et à la famille de Philippe. Nous chérirons les souvenirs que nous avons eus lorsque nous nous sommes vus à Calgary.
    Nous envoyons nos prières et notre amour.
    Que Tito Philippe repose en paix. “

  • Geoffrey Henes says:

    Tito Philippe, you were kind, funny and always up for an adventure. I will always remember when you and Tita Siony hosted us when we visited Kelowna. Rest in peace.

  • Irene Boyse says:

    Visions of Independence would like to share our most sincere condolence to the family . I know that Joanne will miss him and always appreciated his visits . He always made her feel special. .

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