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Philip George Wallace

12 November , 194226 December , 2018
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Philip George Wallace passed away in Sundre, Alberta, doing what he loved best – exploring the outdoors, surrounded by loved ones, on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at the age of 76 years.

His final days were spent with family; filled with Christmas joy, merriment and laughter. Phil will forever be remembered for his passion for the outdoors. His love of hunting, fishing, golfing, photography and wild life were incorporated in every aspect of his life. It was this lifestyle that led to the building of his mountain home set amid the high peaks and valleys near Spillimacheen, BC. His interests had a great impact on his family as all have pursued his passion for outdoor adventures.

Phil had a successful career holding senior HR management positions at two major Canadian corporations (Bank of Montreal and Shell Canada Ltd.). Followed by 18 years of experience in the consulting industry with Towers Perrin, MLH&A and Aon Hewitt (Toronto and Calgary).

He will be celebrated as a peaceful, kind man who was never too busy to make time for others. His gracious heart brought him in contact with persons from all walks of life and he always volunteered to help anyone in need. He loved music, road trips, family gatherings and games.

Phil leaves behind his loving wife Natalie; his father Hugh; and his five children, Jeff (Chris), Annette (Rob), Gillian (Jay), Anton and Danylo (Olivia). He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Oliver, Matthew, Stephanie, Jeff, Katie, Rachel and Ian. He was predeceased by his mother Judith Wallace (2015).

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, 9 January , 2019
REMEMBERING

Philip George Wallace

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Paul McGlone

5 February 2019

I only knew Phil for 12 months, almost 20 years ago, but I remember him well and was sad to hear of his passing. In July 2000 I arrived in Toronto from London, England, to spend a year working with Phil and his colleagues at Aon. It's a time that I remember fondly, and Phil was a big part of that.

Whether it was the morning ritual of "How are you, Phil?" (Answer : "If I was any better, it would be a crime!"), his constant bemusement at the fact that I drank tea rather than coffee, or the stories of the wilderness and Phil's weekends on his "land", it always brought a smile to my face.

My favourite story, which I still tell to this day, has Phil hunting for some sort of deer "out west" in the winter. He crosses a frozen beaver pond, the ice breaks, Phil ends up in the water well above his waist. After breaking the ice with the butt of his rifle to get out he finds himself soaking wet, many degrees below zero, getting dangerously cold, and with no mobile phone. So he starts a fire, strips naked, and dries his clothes over the fire whilst managing to keep warm himself. Having recovered and re-dressed, he continues on the hunt, successfully track the deer, then hikes back to the truck where he changes into a Tuxedo, drives back into town and heads to the Opera for the evening.

I have no idea whether the story is true, or whether he was winding up a gullible young Brit. But it showed me the jest for life that he had, which from what I can tell he retained right up to the end. The world will be a little less cheerful without him.

Robert Engdahl

31 January 2019

Phil will be missed on the Spur Vally golf course where I had the pleasure to play with Phil many times.
Phil was always a pleasure to play with and always treated any player no matter what skill level or walk of life with warmth and class.

Ross MacDonald

10 January 2019

I knew Phil from his many years as a director and longtime president of the Friends of Kootenay National Park Society. Phil's leadership of the board was practiced with gentle wisdom that remained true to his commitment to engage youth in nature.

I was surprised at Phil's ability to maintain a consulting practice from this remote upper Columbia valley, he seemed to be constantly heading to or returning from a flight.

I will most remember the warmth of his and Natalie's log home in the Columbia Valley where I heard too few of Phil's engaging stories of his outings within the environment he so loved.

Will Irvine

10 January 2019

I will never forget Phil for his help in more than one way. The golfing at Spur Valley in spring, the fishing trips to Northern Saskatchewan, the packing trips to the mountains. Phil was my inspiration to learn to run. My most precious memory will be 2 weeks before his accident when he and Natalie were over at our house in Fairmont and we shared so many memories. Phil you will always be remembered as a great friend.

Brian Rennie

9 January 2019

So saddened to here of the loss of such a great man. As a colleague of Phil, I knew I could count on him to share his deep expertise without regard to worrying about if he was getting paid. Phil wasn't afraid to offering coaching when he thought it was important, I always took it as a gift. He was always glad to invest in others success.

I looked forward to hearing of his new home in BC and the treasure of wildlife in the area. We had great discussions on bow hunting and bugling for Elk.

My sincere condolences to Phil's family, we share in your loss.
Brian

Catherine Ponting Myers

9 January 2019

It’s been well over 10 years since I worked for Phil at Aon. But I still tell stories that feature Phil as an example of great leader. The common thread in the stories is Phil’s ability to inspire his team members to give their best effort and to give above and beyond. My favourite story is how Phil called me at home one evening to ask for help with his laptop. My (now) husband answered the phone and Phil was excited to get an upgrade as Steve was at that point a PhD candidate in Computer Science. This story relates to Phil’s leadership abilities as not only would I have been willing to help Phil after hours but Steve was equally willing and happy to help Phil. And this is because everyone knew how much Phil genuinely cared for his team and how Phil was constantly working to mentor, coach and develop his team.
Phil was a great leader. He will be greatly missed.

Meagan Norman

8 January 2019

Although I clearly didn't get to have Phil in my life for very long, my time with him will impact me for all my years.
The story of Phil contacting reaching out to me on Facebook will be a story that will forever make me smile and grateful for his determination to find his family. Growing up, I often wondered about the Wallace side of my father's family, and we had (to my knowledge) no real way of tracking back and finding others. I had reserved myself long ago that I would most likely never meet anyone face to face from the few old photographs that are in the family. Lo and behold, I was not the only one who wondered where the others were. I will cherish that July day forever, and am so grateful to all the family that made the drive down to Washington.
Natalie and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts have been with you and will continue to do so.

Vanessa Chesters

8 January 2019

Phil, will be so missed. I had the honor of working with Phil on a contract. Working in the compensation field myself, I was very blessed to have learnt so much from Phil's wisdom and approach. We spent many hours over a couple of year working together, and had interesting debates and passion for the work. In the short time I spent with Phil, I quickly learned how important his family (wife, children and his father) was to him and how nature and the outdoors were such a passion. We would have conversations about hunting, fishing, and exploration. In the last months as Phil lost his eye sight and continued to pursue his passions without skipping a beat. This summer he shared with me a picture of his fishing trip to a fly in lodge as we both compared our fishing experiences this summer. I will miss him, and express my heartfelt gratitude for the time worked and spent with this amazing man. I also would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to all of the family who will feel a great loss now and in the years to come. But I do know he is in a better place and looking forward to when we all will be with him again. Much love, Vanessa

Deanna Graham

7 January 2019

We are so sorry to learn of Phil's passing and will miss him so much. He was fun to be with, smart, kind and caring. I lived in his home with him and his parents when I moved to Calgary. He lived with our family out on the farm in the summer time when he was a kid. Even as a child, he loved the outdoors and my brother and him had lots of fun hunting gophers etc. Phil and I would discuss the care of our parents; his Dad being 101 and my Mom being 100. It made it easier for me to hear we were on a similar journey and could laugh at situations that alone were unbearable. Phil was good to his parents and anyone who needed help. There will be a big hole left by the passing of Phil and we remember him often. I used to laugh at his comment when he sometimes entered a room and said , "Here I am you lucky people!" We would have a good laugh. I think this is very true now but used to say, "Oh brother!!!"

Brenda Lawrence

7 January 2019

Our dearest Natalie and family,
We are so saddened by Philip's passing. Our hearts are heavy but, so grateful and blessed that Philip felt the urgency and the need for all of us to get reacquainted this past summer. We are also thankful for everyone making time to make the journey to our home and finding out...We DO really exist!!
I can't tell you how much that really means to both Bruce and I.
Dave (my husband) and Meagan (Bruce's daughter) were also enthralled by all the stories and adventures that Philip, Maggie, and Sandy were telling about the "Wallace Family".
Thinking "They are Real!" It will be a "BLESSED AND TREASURED MEMORY FOREVER!"
Philip was truly a remarkable man with a heart of GOLD and he will be MISSED by many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Always in our hearts,
Brenda & Dave Lawrence
Bruce Wallace
Meagan (Wallace) Norman

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