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PHILIP DICKMAN (PHIL)
Born: Oct 14, 1929
Date of Passing: Mar 19, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
1929 - 2021
Phil was born on October 14, 1929 to Aaron and Gladys (Murray) Dickman in Toronto (North York). He was a lifelong athlete and outdoor enthusiast, who excelled in track and football in high school. Our father briefly attended Bible College and then met our mother, Irene Koop, when they were both working at a boys group home near Ailsa Craig in southern Ontario. After marrying in 1957, they moved to Winnipeg where Phil continued his studies, graduating with a master's degree in social work from the University of Manitoba. Phil and Irene went on to have three children, all born in Winnipeg.
After graduating, Phil worked in social service in Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg, Manitoba. He sought a transfer to Churchill, Manitoba to, as he put it, get out from behind a desk. This posting became his career touchstone, where he developed and honed his passionate commitment to social justice. Working in collaboration with the Sayisi Dene of Tadoule Lake in northern Manitoba, with whom he made many long-lasting friendships, was his most satisfying work experience. He went on to work throughout western Canada, moving back to Winnipeg, on to Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories and, finally, to Keewatin, Ontario, where he lived for more than 30 years. Phil was able to satisfy his lifelong dream of owning and working his own land when he and Irene bought their property in Pellatt, just northwest of Keewatin, Ontario. He and Irene built a home and lived on this property for close to 25 years. They sold this property and moved back to Winnipeg a few months before Irene passed away in September 2008.
Our father was a passionate outdoor gardener and a nature enthusiast. He spent most of his retirement travelling with Irene, gardening, planting trees and engaging with different charitable associations. He was a stalwart proponent of the New Democratic Party (NDP), a daily reader of The Globe and Mail, a proud supporter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). He read voraciously on a wide variety of topics, both fiction and non-fiction, and participated often in book-club meetings. He found community in the St. Andrew's United Church in Keewatin and, later through the St. Mary's Road United Church in Winnipeg. In getting older, Phil was always looking for hugs and kisses from everyone, especially his grandchildren.
Phil was predeceased by his wife (Irene Koop), and his brothers and sisters, Barbara, Anita, Ora, Owen and Jack. He is survived by his daughter Sandra (Angus Carr); his sons, Douglas and Michael (Brigitte Boucher); and his seven grandchildren, Aidan, Griffin and Ainsley Carr; Matthew, Sarah, Jordan and Nathan Dickman. Phil also leaves behind nieces and nephews with whom he maintained lifelong connections, and numerous friends from Winnipeg, Tadoule Lake, Kenora and across Canada.
Our thanks to the wonderful team of doctors and nurses at Concordia Hospital.
No service will be held at this time and the family request no donations be sent.
Family and friends may sign a
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Desjardins Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
We first met Phil when we came to look at the property we now own. He was close to 80 at the time and as we pulled into the yard we saw a man with long flowing white hair, wearing a bandana and carrying a large log on his shoulders. He was impressive. He proudly walked us around his property and we had to ask him to slow down. Phil and Irene had created a paradise in the middle of the bush in Northwestern Ontario. Phil’s passion for the land and the animals was surpassed only by his knowledge of them. He came back to visit us and his land a number of times. He made us promise to try and carry on his legacy. I hope we have honoured him in doing so. - Posted by: Judy Zilinski (Friend ) on: Apr 27, 2021
To my niece Sandra, my nephews Doug & Michael. I was very pained to hear of the passing of your father Phil, my brother-in-law. I hope you will all be blessed with the thought that Phil is at last in peace and rejoined with his beloved Irene. My heart goes out to all of you and your beautiful children. Much love, Harriet. - Posted by: Harriet Dickman (Sister-in-law) on: Mar 30, 2021
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