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LONG, Philip George

October 20, 1961 — May 14, 2024

Philip George Long, 62, left this world surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Kelowna, BC. He was the youngest son, born on October 20, 1961, to the late Grace and James Long of Scarborough, Ontario.

At the beginning of April 2024, Phil entered the emergency with a suspected rotator cuff injury to his shoulder acquired while playing Pickleball. Four hours later he was diagnosed with cancer and admitted to hospital. Two weeks in the hospital, two weeks at home, two weeks in hospice, and he was gone. Phil had a quiet strength that neither hard times nor cancer could diminish.

It was during his first year in the Canadian Armed Forces that he met his soulmate, Donna May (née Moore). Their love story of 42 years began November 13, 1982, in Nova Scotia, when they married after having dated for three months on weekends. Their first son, James Alexander, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (1987), their second son, David Edward, in Kingston, Ontario (1990). Then having served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 13 years, Phil chose to take an early retirement and moved his family to Kelowna, British Columbia, where their youngest, a daughter, Lucy, was born (1997). Phil was an altruistic husband and father.

Some of Phil’s passions included pickleball, golfing, puzzles, dancing, quilting, and sitting on the deck with a good glass of scotch watching the sunset. He loved to take a full day to cook his famous lasagne for big family gatherings, which was almost always accompanied by burnt garlic bread. Phil will be missed now and forever.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna Long, of Kelowna, BC; his children, James (Raeleen) Long of Lake Country, BC, David (Jen) Long of Westbank, BC, and Lucy Long of Kelowna, BC; grandson, Lowen Long of Westbank, BC; and siblings, Ray Long, Bill Long, and Debbie Blower of Ontario; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The Memorial Service will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024, at 4:00 PM, at KALOYA PARK, 16061 Trask Road, Lake Country, BC V4V 2H9.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024, at 4:00 PM


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