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Born: Nov 05, 1923

Date of Passing: Dec 27, 2019

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Reverend Neville Wentworth Brereton Phills died peacefully in his sleep, December 27, 2019, aged 96 years, at Tuxedo Villa after a full life rich in love, compassion and good health.
He was predeceased by his daughter Christine, parents, Isaac and Alda, brother Jim, and sister Doreen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jacqueline, daughter Carol (Matt), son John, and daughter Kathy Anne (Dean), six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his brothers, Charles and George, and sisters, Patricia and Gertie, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Born November 5, 1923 at Prospect in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he left St. Vincent at the age of 20 working hard to make his way to Canada at the refinery in Curacao, and taught at local schools. He immigrated to Canada and attended Toronto Bible College to continue his journey in service of the Lord, graduating from the University of Western Ontario and Knox College in 1957. He would later attend summer school for many years to earn his Masters of Divinity from Princeton University. Ordained with the Presbyterian Church in Canada, his first charge was Erskine Presbyterian Church in Killarney, MB from 1957 until 1961. From there he went on to become the founding minister for St. David's Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg, starting the congregation in a small house in St. James. The church grew with the construction of St. David's Presbyterian Church on Ness Avenue in Winnipeg where Rev. Phills would continue to serve the congregation of St. David's until his retirement.
Married to his loving wife Jaqueline in 1963, they moved to Winnipeg to begin their lives together and then went on to adopt their four children to start their journey of fond memories as a family.
Service of celebration of the life of the Reverend Neville Phills and a declaration of faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020, at Kildonan Community Church, 2373 Main St., Winnipeg, MB with interment to follow immediately after the service at Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery.
Reverend Phills was very passionate about service and visitation with the elderly, sick and less fortunate and would always find a way to help anyone in need. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Siloam Mission.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Only recently I embarked on a writing career, writing short stories about my life including my life as a student at the University of Manitoba. I thought of the Phills and decided to do a Google search today. I was shocked and saddened to discover that Christine, Doreen Brereton and Rev Phills had died! Doreen was my landlady during my last year in Canada, and the Phills' home was my house of refuge at weekends during the first two years when I was resident at Mary Speechly Hall. Rev and Mrs Phills were always accommodating and welcoming. I remember mornings around the breakfast table. Carol, Christine, John and Kathy Anne took turns to set the table the night before. Eggs were a must every morning. What wonderful memories! Rev Phills was a mild-mannered man who was respected at home as well as in the community. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy goes out to Mrs Phills, Carol, John and Kathy Ann. I will always have fond memories of you all. Iris Leona Marie Cross (Trinidad and Tobago) - Posted by: Iris Leona Marie Cross (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Mrs. Phills and family. I have always remembered Rev. Phills as such a loving, soft spoken, kind gentle man. Always helpful and ready to offer support when you were in need. I was fortunate enough to have had a chance meeting with Rev. and Mrs. Phills last year, both still very gracious and looking very chipper, I must say. My family, Raymond and Thelma Davis as well as myself and my sister, Shauna, were lifetime members of St. David's. I cannot count the number of Fowl Suppers, concerts, picnics and many other events that we attended. The atmosphere at St. David's was like a family and that was in no small part to Rev. and Mrs. Phills. - Posted by: Glennis Davis Wittenberg (Former Member St. David's) on: Jan 12, 2020

  • My heart goes out to Jacquie and her Family at Nevilles’ passing. My memories are those of St David’s Church, choir practice on Wednesday's and Church on Sundays. Neville was the life force of the church and our spiritual guide. He was always a calming presence and a very endearing man. I just arrived home from my Christmas vacation to hear the sad news and consequently missed his funeral. But I cannot be sad for long, because he made an amazing difference people’s lives and I am so proud and fortunate to have known him. - Posted by: Bronwen Yewdall (Friend and Church Member) on: Jan 04, 2020

  • Sincere condolences. - Posted by: Alice W. Grant James (Friend) on: Jan 03, 2020

  • Due to reclining health we will not be able to attend the memorial service. In respect for our friendship with Neville and Jackie we enjoyed our many years of friendship together. We will have you all in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Noreen and Dick Gillanders (Friends) on: Jan 02, 2020

  • A great spiritual leader who lived a life of truth and fairness, respected all who came in his orbit. His mild mannerism was to be admired. A leader that which he was will be missed from our community and those who knew him best. To his family, please accept our condolences. God blessings always 🙏 - Posted by: Sandra and Edison Haynes (Country friends/ St. Vincent & the Grenadines Assoc) on: Jan 02, 2020

  • The Rombough family have many fond memories of both Reverend Phil’s and family and St. David’s. As kids (Brent, Garth & Lynn) we grew up attending church, Sunday school, bible school in summer, Cubs. Scouts, pancake breakfast on Good Friday, many potluck dinners.., I could go on. Mr & Mrs Phil’s were a huge part and were always welcoming and caring. My wife Vicky and I were blessed to have Mr. Phil’s marry us back in 1982. My mom & dad (Ken & Edith) I am sure would echo my comments as St. David’s and the Phil’s family were a big part of their lives as well. Our best wishes and condolences to the family at this time. - Posted by: Brent Rombough (Former Member St. David’s) on: Jan 02, 2020

  • Rev.Phills was my minister At Belifield Church when I was a girl and I have fond memories of that time. I remember him coming to our farm for a visit one pm. My Dad was building a barn on his own at the time. He offered to stay and help. My Mom said but you're all dressed up to which he replied, I can always wash up. He was always finding ways for the 4 young people In our congregation to help out and feel included. After we moved to Stonewall, I was so surprised when he came and preached here. My Dad was ill at the time and again was thrilled to have him minister to him. It meant so much to us that he came to Dad's funeral. A great minister ! - Posted by: Carol Thiessen nee armstrong John Thiessen (friend) on: Dec 31, 2019

  • If there was an occasion, wedding, funeral or reunion, Uncle Neville always offered comfort humour and a prayer or two for all of us. We shall miss him very much. Kevin Best - Posted by: Kevin Best (Nephew) on: Dec 31, 2019

  • I went to school with John and was a neighbour just down the street on Valley View Drive. John, Mrs. Phills, and family, I am so sorry for your loss at this time, but I give thanks for a life well-lived and know that he is dancing now! Blessings to you all as you grieve his loss. - Posted by: Paul Hughes (Former neighbour) on: Dec 31, 2019

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