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PHILIP MICHAEL REECE Suddenly, on May 1, 2010, surrounded by his family, Philip Michael Reece passed away at the age of 63. Phil was predeceased by his parents, Rev. David and Mary Reece and by his brother Allan. He is survived by his son David (Kathy), daughter Sarah (Kyle), granddaughter Evelia, sister Joan (Marcel), brother Charlie, former wife Iris, as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Phil was born in Alliston, Ontario on October 16, 1946. The family moved to Calgary in 1955 before settling in 1964 in Winnipeg. Phil earned his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in History in 1968 from United College (University of Winnipeg), followed by a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. Phil taught at several schools in the Winnipeg School Division for over 30 years before retiring in 2002. Since his retirement, Phil kept active in promoting history in education. He returned to the classroom many times after officially retiring in order to help both struggling and gifted students. Phil helped to promote the teaching of Canadian history through his work with Historica and with the University of Winnipeg, on such projects as the Doors Open Winnipeg banners project, as well as the annual Summer Institute for teachers. Additionally Phil participated in and presented at international conferences on his work in the area of gifted and talented. While he was passionate about history and education, Phil was most dedicated to his family. His children were his pride and joy, and he will be sorely missed by all members of his family. He was a devoted father, brother, son and uncle, who was always ready to share a story or enjoy a debate. Phil also had a great appreciation of stamps, Aboriginal art, photography and gardening. He loved crossword puzzles and enjoyed many summers at Victoria Beach, relaxing in the hot tub on the deck. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Phil's life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at St. Mary's Road United Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund in Phil's name which will be established at the University of Winnipeg. 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474 Condolences: www.bardal.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 04, 2010