A. Mervyn Phillips

13 November, 193027 February, 2021

Age 90, Dartmouth, NS. Passed away peacefully in his sleep with his wife by his side on February 27, 2021. Born November 13, 1930 in the PEI Hospital, Charlottetown. Son of the late Albert and Mary (Jones) Phillips, Harrington, PEI.

Merv spent his formative years on the family farm and co-represented PEI as a dairy cattle judge at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, 1947. He graduated from Prince of Wales College and joined the Bank of Montreal at age 16. His banking career spanned 39 years in the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. He held management positions in commercial credit and personnel, was Branch Manager in Corner Brook, NL, District Manager for Nova Scotia, and Vice-President Marketing Atlantic Provinces.

After retiring from the bank, Merv pursued a six year commercial and residential real estate career with Royal LePage, retiring in 1993. He was an active volunteer and served in various positions on the board of directors of Brightwood Golf and Country Club, Telco Toastmasters Club, and Admiralty Place Condo Corp.

Merv led an active life. His favourite sports were golf and curling. He had the good fortune to play golf in 10 Canadian provinces, Florida and other states in the USA. He felt blessed to golf regularly with his wife, children, grandchildren, sons-in-law and many friends who shared his passion for the game. Over the years Merv was a member of golf clubs in Charlottetown, Corner Brook, Dartmouth, and Cavendish and curling clubs in Halifax, Montreal, Corner Brook, and Dartmouth. His other interests included taking cruises with his wife Liz, bridge, badminton, bowling, and crossword puzzles. While Merv was a proud resident of Nova Scotia he treasured summers at his much loved cottage in Stanley Bridge, PE and enjoyed warm winters in Bradenton, FL.

Merv was a kind and generous man known for his quick wit and sense of humour. He can rest assured that his jokes, anecdotes, and stories will be fondly remembered and retold, especially by his grandchildren, who always laughed along with him. Merv always went out of his way to make his family feel special and he never missed a birthday or other milestone.

Survived by his wife Elizabeth (Bartosch), daughters Heather Praught (Mike) and Deborah Rodgers (Kent); daughter-in-law Peg Phillips, sisters Christine Allan and Anna Meston; sisters-in-law Betty Brown (Norman), grandchildren Cory Phillips (Ashley), Karen Clark (Joe), Andrew Praught (Monica), Christopher Rodgers (Meghan), Ali Praught, Ben Rodgers (Rebecca). Great grandchildren Isla, Sadie, and Emerson Phillips and Kianna Clark. Also survived by Elizabeth’s son Michael Botchett (Tracey) and their children Jacob, Dylan, and Gabriel, her daughter Deborah Jones (Glyn) and their daughter Allison; sisters Stephanie Boekamp (Konrad, deceased), Hertta Evans (Art, deceased). Additionally, Merv is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his wife of 44 years Evelyn (Kerr) of Halifax, son Don, brother Herbert , wife Gladys and their daughter Judy, brothers/sister-in-law John Allan, Jack and Katherine Kerr, Bob and June Ward, John and Catherine Juskow.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when family can gather. If so desired, donations to the MS Society (as a tribute to his son Don), or charity of your choice would be appreciated. For online condolences, please visit


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Ken and Judy Smith

9 March 2021

Debbie, Kent and Family,

So sorry to hear of your Dads passing, such a kind and gentle soul. He will be missed at the pensioners outings.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this difficult time.

Ken and Judy Smith

Bob Holmes

8 March 2021

I worked with Mervyn for many tears and I always found him to be a very helpful and supportive supervisor He was very supportive and any time I had a problem he was a great person to review it with. He will be missed and I truly enjoyed working with him.

Breda Tobin

6 March 2021

Heather, Ali, Mike and all the family, my sincere condolences at this very sad time. Sounds like your Dad/Grandad led a very full life and was loved by all. I hope all your lovely memories of your time together will sustain you through these difficult days. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kindest regards Breda IPA Dublin

Martina McKeon

6 March 2021

Heather, Ali, Mike and extended family. Thinking and praying for you all at this very sad time. The loss of your Father and Grandfather is difficult and not being able to be together is a cruel blow. Be kind to yourselves and each other and let the fond and loving memories lift your spirits. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
Martina Ireland

Blair and Rhonda Hatherley

5 March 2021

Debbie, Kent and Family
We were so sorry to hear about your dad.
He was always such a kind, friendly gentlemen, a nice legacy to remember him by. Even though we can’t be there in person to offer comfort, we are thinking about you at this sad time.

Libby Hughes (phillips)

5 March 2021

To all the family’s of Mervin...He certainly had a Wonderful Life...I can remember when I was 16 years of age and I had a friend that was going to Dalhousie University and thought how nice it would be to go over and I could probably stay with Mervin and Evelyn..Got it all arranged.. My brother Albert, called after Mervin’s father gave me enough money to fly over for 5 days $16.00 return flight..Had a very nice visit, took the girls,Heather and Deborah shopping one afternoon.. So just to say Thanks to a Wonder Cousin for being able to have such a nice visit..Prayers and thoughts to all..He will certainly be missed❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

Tom and Lea Russell

5 March 2021

To all the Phillip's family so sorry for your loss.

Bruce Carr

5 March 2021

Heather, Debbie and families:

On behalf of Nancy and myself I would like to offer our sincerest condolences on Merv's passing. I met Merv well over 40 years ago through Brightwood and DCC. The first game I ever curled in the Brightwood league was against Merv. We tied. The obituary summed up who he was, a real gentleman.

Take care,
Bruce and Nancy Carr

Sam Ashley

5 March 2021

I'll forever cherish my memories of Merv and all the joy and laughter he gave me. I'm grateful to have known him and the rest of the family. Best wishes to you all moving forward.

Russell & Maureen walsh

5 March 2021

Dear Debbie
We were very saddened to hear of your father's passing and
hasten to convey our sincere condolencs to you and your family.
While this is a very difficult time for you,we know you will be
able to cherish the wonderful memories your father has left behind.
We have known Merv for many years as longtime colleagues
with BMO and since retirement,through our penioner social functions.We very much valued our friendship,
He will be missed by many.
With Love
Russ & Maureen

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