Obituary for Gerald "Jerry" Phillips
Gerald (Jerry) E. Phillips
April 5, 1943 – February 28, 2018
It is with great sadness that Jerry’s family announces his passing on February 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospice surrounded by loving family.
Born to Sophie and Clifton Phillips on April 5, 1943 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Jerry completed high school in Moose Jaw, then earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Saskatchewan, going on to complete graduate education at Queens University. Jerry helped to develop the Bachelor of Commerce program at Lakehead University, and distinguished himself through 49 years of service to Lakehead University as a Professor in the Faculty of Business. A very kind, caring and humble person, Jerry always stood up for what was right in hopes to make a better world for all. Whether it was releasing the mouse he caught in the house, taking in a stray animal for a better life, negotiating the best contract for University staff, defending a grievance, helping students, or ensuring his family had everything they needed, Jerry selflessly put an endless effort forward.
Jerry was a devoted and loving son, brother, husband, father and his biggest pride, grandfather. We could not have had a more amazing person in our lives. Jerry will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Left to mourn are Jerry’s wife, Glenna Knutson; daughters Cindie Phillips (Hadi Ghazwani) and Sophia Wenzel (Dale Brennan); beloved granddaughter, Elizabeth Wenzel; sisters Ethel (Bob) Kaiser, and Leeanne Phillips; aunt Rose Fritz, cousin Marilyn Giverhaug, as well as the mother of his children, Elaine Davidson (John) and numerous nieces and nephews, as well as Barbara MacLeod (Kevin), John Knutson (Marjorie), Tim Knutson (Lois), Jocelyn Andrea (Michael), and other relatives.
Family was most important to Jerry. Despite the distance, Jerry continually phoned or visited his mother whom he adored, in Moose Jaw. He enthusiastically attended all his daughters’ and granddaughter’s events. He enjoyed family gatherings whether afternoon brunches, Sunday dinners, watching sports with his family, or sleepovers with his most precious granddaughter. Jerry was a lover of animals, including showing and breeding Bichon Frisé dogs, taking in every possible stray, and loving his pet cats. He also loved to travel, with family vacations leaving many lasting memories.
Jerry was a very determined person who did not let himself be defined by cancer. Despite his terminal prognosis almost a decade ago, Jerry continued to live his life to the fullest. He taught his granddaughter to drive, contributed wholeheartedly to the university, all while supporting his family by being the best husband, father and grandfather ever.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents Clifton Phillips and Sophie Presley, step-father Ed Presley, uncles John Gien and Calvin Fritz, parents-in-law Helen and Ken Knutson, and other relatives. Jerry is being welcomed by those who loved him and have gone before, as well as by the many animals that adored him.
Family and friends will gather at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 17, at the Avila Centre Chapel, Lakehead University, to celebrate Jerry’s life. Cremation has taken place, and a private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a donation to the T.B.R.H.S. Foundation-Northern Cancer Fund, St. Joseph’s Foundation-Hospice Unit, or the charity of their choice. Arrangements are in care of the Sargent & Son Funeral Directors, 21 N. Court Street. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.
We love you Jerry and know how much you love us. Although we miss you dearly, we find comfort knowing you are at peace, our beloved. You are forever in our hearts.