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WOOD, Philip Arthur

January 31, 1941 — December 16, 2023

Phil passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on the ice at the Kelowna Curling Club in Kelowna, BC at the age of 82, doing what he loved best.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Elaine Stewart; his 2 sons Bill (Cheryl) and Bob (Susy); and his 4 adoring grandchildren Matthew, Dana, Cameron, and Alex; along with an abundance of family and friends from across the country. Phil was predeceased by his parents Arthur Wood & Lois Savage and his only sister, Margaret Hawthorne.

Born at the old Barrie Memorial Hospital in Ormstown, Quebec, Phil lived the first 76 years of his life in the Chateauguay Valley, until retiring to Kelowna in 2017 to be closer to his family. This move gave him a new lease on life. Not only did he re-learn the game of curling by using a stick, but he also became an instructor in the stick league, teaching folks how to extend their time with the sport like he had done. When not on the ice, he was introduced to the game of bocce where he ended up as a Director of the Kelowna Bocce Club. None of this will come as a surprise to anyone who knew him well.

Phil’s working career spanned seven decades. He was proud to hold a First-Class ticket as a Stationary Engineer working in power plants throughout Valleyfield and Montreal. He retired from the New Frontiers School Board after a 20-year career managing the maintenance of all the English schools in Southwestern Quebec. Upon his retirement, he went back to his second passion. Phil was a born driver and could drive anything he put his mind to. He spent 14 years driving for Tannahill Transport and in true Phil fashion with every job he had, he treated that company like it was his own family business.

Family and friends have lost a handyman, a taxi driver, a coach, and a wealth of knowledge of Quebec history and politics, where stories could be told fluently in Canada’s both official languages.

There will be a Celebration of Life to honour Phil at the Kelowna Curling Club at 2pm on Friday, December 29, 2023.  A funeral will be held at the Little White Church in Russeltown Flatts, Quebec on Saturday, August 3, 2024, followed by the burial in the Wood Family plot.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phil’s memory to the Russeltown Church & Cemetery Fund, 479 Covey Hill, Havelock, QC, J0S 2C0 where Phil was a Director for 25 years.

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Friday, December 29, 2023 at 2:00 PM

Kelowna Curling Club

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The service for WOOD, Philip Arthur is scheduled for Friday, December 29, 2023 at 2:00 PM . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Kelowna Curling Club

551 Recreation Avenue, Kelowna, BC


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  • Mark welburn says:

    My condolences to the woods family

  • Roy Younie says:

    So sorry to hear, certainly remember CVR days

  • Kimberly Welburn says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  • Crystal Anderson says:

    I will miss Phil tremendously as he was the closest thing to being a father to me and my son. He always taught me to never give up and had so much wisdom to share. If it wasn’t his encouragement throughout the years, I would never be where I am today. He loved his family and grandchildren. I have so many memories but at least I won’t have to go shopping anymore with with embarrassing me by trying to get the “best deal”. RIP and thank you for taking care of me.

  • Denis & Cheryl Pilon says:

    Our sympathy to the Wood family. A big part of your family has left you and to see he died on the ice shows us he still had not stopped working ,playing and teaching and helping others. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Marge Chouinard says:

    Sharing your sorrow…Elaine….Bob and brother…… Always remember you

  • Shirley Wood says:

    Phil’s memory will be a blessing during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you Elaine, Bob and Bill. I am grateful I saw him this summer. He looked so happy.

  • Danielle (Danie) Maither says:

    Although we didn’t see each other very often, I loved Phil very much! I have wonderful memories of him. A man with a big smile and a kind heart. I especially cherish the memories of Phil and my dad joking and laughing together. I’d been meaning to visit and kept putting it off. Now I will visit you in my prayers and memories. Now that you and dad are together again, I’m sure you’ll be laughing together up there in heaven. You will be missed down here. Sending love to Elaine. Condolences to the family. Danie.

  • Mark and Barbara Maither says:

    Sorry to hear about Phil’s passing my condolences to the family I’ll always remember him as being a really nice guy. The time we spent together was too brief I will miss him

  • Viola Savoy says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences. I am with you in your hour of sorrow. May God give you the courage to get through this time of grief.

  • Claudette Maither says:

    Heartfelt condolences from Claudette (Bi) in Quebec

  • Bernice Reid says:

    To Elaine and Family,
    Pete and I want you to know our thoughts are with you and your Family at this difficult time.

  • Gladys Hill says:

    Elaine, Bill , Bob and family – so sorry to hear about Phil. He was like a big brother to me. Your wedding was my very first one. Remenber all the laughs we had at Moonlight Lake. Memories to cherish. My sincere condolences to you all. RIP Phil

  • Ron Stewart says:

    Condolences to uncle Phil’s family. Lina and I share wonderful memories of Christmas dinners in Ormstown. The stories laughter and hospitality always present. A wonderful uncle always teaching life’s mysteries. Thanks for the love shared, Lina, Dan and Ron.

  • Vincent & Joy Trayers says:

    We have lost an amazing friend and a truly great guy and he sure will be missed. Our condolences to all family members. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Marlene Stuckey says:

    I worked with Phil for many years at CVR and no matter what I needed- an extra desk for the classroom or some hard to find staging for Talentfest Phil always found it with a smile . Elaine, Bill and Bob my sincere condolences- hold tight to your memories.

  • John D Wilson says:

    Our condolences to the Woods family, I always enjoyed Bob’s sense of humour and fellowship at Rennies church.

  • Stan Fraser says:

    Bill: my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and in the days ahead.
    Padre Stan Fraser

  • Ken Greenhalgh says:

    Our sympathies to the family, may your memories bring you some comfort at this time. Ken & Sandra.

  • Lena and Rob Burgess says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Sheryle & Rodney Reddick says:

    Our sympathy goes out to you and family. Many memories to share. He had a great laugh!

  • Nadeana Tannahill says:

    So sad to hear these tidings – he was a wonderful man who I am sure will be sadly missed, Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

  • Wes& Sandy Ruddock says:

    Our sympathies to the family, terrific man RIP Phil.

  • Andrew Paterson says:

    Bob and Susy. Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  • Patricia Dagg says:

    My very sincere condolences to the Wood family on their loss of Phil. He was always a hardworking person, a great father, and a good community member. I enjoyed many conversations with him when we worked together at CVR. Sending my sympathy and love to you all. 💗

  • Sandra Cantu says:

    Such sad news. My deepest condolences to Elaine and the entire family..

  • Eunice Golphin says:

    So sorry to hear the news. Our condolences to all the family. Stay strong. Love, Bernie and Eunice

  • Ron O’Neill says:

    My sincere condolences to Elaine and the entire family

  • Norman & Pearl Fennell says:

    We extend our deepest sympathies to Elaine and Phil’s family.

  • Rob Goble says:

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time.

  • Wendy Denison and Rick Laverty says:

    You have to know that if there is no curling in heaven then Phil will organize it. Our thoughts are with you. May he rest easy.

  • Emmy & John Birkby says:

    Phil- your smile and your stories will be missed. To Elaine and family- we are so sorry for your loss and we send you our deepest sympathies.

  • Katrina Cassidy says:

    My condolences to all of the Woods family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Andy Eastwood says:

    We can’t be there to say our last words of appreciation to you, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to your family and loved ones.

  • Lynne Pinciuc says:

    Danny and I send our deepest condolences to Bill and all his family. We are very sorry for your loss.

  • Fred and Charotte Jones says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Elaine, Bill, Bob, and families on Phil’s sudden death at the Kelowna Curling Club.. Fred and Charlotte Jones, Kingston,ON

  • Alan Nakatsui says:

    I only spent one season on the ice with Phil, but it was a good one. He truly wanted his team-mates to just do their best and have fun.
    Thanks, Phil.

  • Darcy Aitkens says:

    My deepest condolences to Elaine, Bill, Bob and their families. From the first time I met Phil in the mid eighties you could tell that he was the kind of guy that would have a solution to any situation. He seemed to me like the stereotypical dad you might see on television . I’m sad to hear that he will no longer be here to support his family and his community.

  • Barbara Cronshaw Anderson says:

    My sincere condolences to you your family. So sorry to hear of your loss,

  • Raymond Craig says:

    Elaine, Bill, Bob and families, so sorry to hear the sad news about Phil. Being a first cousin and growing up in Ormstown I saw Phil, Margaret and families from time to time. Phil was always full of life, a fun guy, with many interesting stories. I have so many fond memories. Our sincere condolences for your loss. His memory will remain in your hearts forever.
    Raymond & Carmel

  • Luigi and Sandra Cicchelli says:

    Please accept our sincere condolences. We got to know Phil at the Kelowna Bocce Club, and we enjoyed his enthusiasm and skill on the courts. He was a a wonderful man and will be missed by many.. Rest easy Phil.

  • Gayle Bott says:

    Sincere condolences on Phil’s passing.. Phil was a great guy, witty, charming, good bocce player and all round good man. We will miss you Phil

  • Gary Wilson says:

    Heartfelt sympathy goes out to Elaine, Bill, Bob and families on Phil’s sudden death. I alway’s enjoyed playing against him and with him. The year I played with him was very special and I will never forget that. I always enjoyed our chats about curling and Montreal. He will be missed by all. THANKS PHIL

  • Anne White says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Elaine, Bob and Bill.
    Anne White and family

  • Jocelyne (Younie) & Éric Varin says:

    Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

  • Marino Family says:

    Dear Elaine and Family
    We were so saddened to hear of our friend Phil’s sudden passing. He truly was a wonderful and caring man that was always there when friends and neighbours called. With Phil next door to our parents we were always comforted knowing that he would be there in a heartbeat if they needed help. He was always coming over for good conversation and funny comments whenever we were visiting mum and dad. Phil was certainly Mr. Fixit in our eyes! Your loss is also the community’s loss and we will miss him so much. Our deepest condolences to all of you.
    Steve, Trish, and Nicholas Marino

  • Debbie Bryson says:

    My sincere sympathies to Elaine, Bill, Bob and to your families.

  • Kirk Robinson and family says:

    Our condolences on your loss. I still remember what he did for junior curling in our area back in the 80’s when we were all a little younger. May he rest in peace.
    God Bless

  • Patty Peter says:

    Elaine, I extend my sincere condolences to you and to Bill and Bob. I enjoyed working with Phil at CVR. Phil not only made sure that the school was in top working order, he also cared deeply about the school community. He was an effective problem solver and had a great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.

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