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ALAN REED PHILP Obituary pic


Born: Aug 03, 1930

Date of Passing: Apr 12, 2022

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August 3, 1930 - April 12, 2022

With family by his side, our beloved dad and grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 91, bringing to a close a life fully and well-lived.
Left to hold his memory dear are daughters, Lisa Deitz, Pamela Sullivan (Tom), and Andrea Philp (Paul Downie); grandsons Christopher and Andrew Sullivan, and Johnathon and Alan Jeffrey Deitz; nieces and nephews; and friends, new and old.
Alan was a life-long Winnipegger, raised in River Heights. He attended the University of Manitoba, where he was only partly distracted from his studies by the discovery of the love of his life and wife-to-be, Maureen. They were married in 1953, embarking on a rich life together that lasted 64 cherished years until Maureen's passing in 2018.
Alan received his B.A. (1951, elected Senior Stick, Faculty of Arts in graduating year) and LL.B. (1955), and was awarded both the University and the Law Society of Manitoba Gold Medals in his final year. He began his law career in the practice of the late Hon. John M. Hunt, before joining the firm of Filmore Riley in 1973, where he was partner. His career continued with his appointment in 1973 as Chief Judge of the County Courts of Manitoba, and then as a judge of the Manitoba Court of Appeal in 1983, where he served until his retirement in 2005 at the age of 75. He was always fascinated by the law and his work was rewarding and satisfying.
Before it was "a thing", Alan demonstrated a talent for work-life balance. In the early days, he was active as a volunteer, board member, community organizer and School Trustee. He was an avid golfer and member of the St. Charles Country Club for decades. Alan and Maureen loved to travel, and made many trips abroad together, everywhere from Europe to Asia to Australia and New Zealand, in addition to regular visits to London, where they were drawn by the theatre and their favourite restaurants. But family and home were always the anchor for Alan. The house on D'Arcy Drive was the spot for summer pool parties and winter snowmobile outings, not to mention the many family dinners and gatherings. More recently, the apartment at The Wellington was the site for classic movie afternoons, dim sum and cribbage Saturdays, and football nights greatly enjoyed in the company of three generations.
With a height of six-foot-six, Alan was a man of impressive physical stature, but it was his honesty and integrity, his gentle heart, and his vast capacity for kindness and fairness that were his most notable characteristics. We learned many important lessons from him - to work hard at things that matter, to treat people with respect, and to try to find the good in all situations, even the most challenging ones. He was the best father and grandfather, and while we suffer the pain of losing him, we still also feel the strength of his love.
Alan and his family are sincerely grateful to the compassionate caregivers from Home Instead, whose support and care helped Alan stay in his own home until the end.
In accordance with Alan's wishes a private interment will be held.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 16, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Deepest sympathies to the entire Philip family. Uncle Alan was a very special person who shared his time, love, fun and guidance. From Darcy Dr., to the baseball diamond with all his out of town relatives you always felt welcome. In his later years the phone call chats are something I am going to miss. I always said you don't want to get in front of the judge...but if you did his decision would be made on facts. Reunited now with Aunt Maureen I am sure a Martini has been had. Oh ya! Fresh ice cubes every day. RIP Judge. - Posted by: David Parsons (nephew) on: Mar 13, 2023

  • Mr Philp was a patient of ours at the clinic. I can remember him as one of my first patients when I worked in Internal Medicine. What a great man he was. His stories were fantastic. I loved hearing them as he waited for his appointments. He was one of the nicest, more polite patients I have ever encountered. Tonight, as I sat here, I really ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and his face popped into my head and something drew my mind to Google him and found this. Working on healthcare, sometimes you meet people you will never forget…. Mr Philp was one of these people to me. A little delayed but my condolences to the family and friends of this great person. - Posted by: Anita (Friend) on: Jul 14, 2022

  • This is Barbara Farwell from the old neighbourhood on University Crescent. My mom and I were talking about old times in Winnipeg and of course we remembered how much fun my parents had with Alan and Maureen. I thought I would try to find an email address for Andrea to say hello to and I saw that Alan had recently passed away. I really thought Alan was a great guy. I have so many fond memories of him. He was so kind and so much fun. I also remember running into him the day before Kelekis closed when I was visiting Winnipeg! Andrea - I’d love to get in touch. My email is: All the best and deepest condolences. Barb Farwell - Posted by: Barbara Farwell (Friend ) on: May 16, 2022

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