Harley Roderic Phillips

August 20, 1932November 3, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the Phillips family announce the peaceful passing of Harley Roderic Phillips at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the age of 88 Yrs. Beloved caring husband of Anne (nee Barna) for 52 years. Loving father of Bryan and Steven. Cherished grandfather of Noa Phillips-Bettencourt and a wonderful man to all he ever met.

Harley will be missed by those whose lives he touched and will be affectionately remembered by his many friends and relatives.

Family and friends are welcome to visit us at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre - 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton (North of Steeles Avenue) 905-456-8190, on Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 2pm -5pm. Please wear a Mask. Due to policies in place during these unprecedented times a private graveside service will take place at Park Lawn Cemetery the following day. In lieu of flowers, donations in Harley’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

For all friends and family, and those unfortunately unable to attend the visitation on Sunday, please endeavor to leave online condolences and view information at

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Grace Granofsky

November 10, 2020

Harley was and always will be one of the kindest people I know - a true gentleman as many have described him. He was sweet, generous and had a great sense of humor. Even though I didn't understand some of his jokes, he had the best and most infectious laughter that could make anyone laugh along with him. He was a great lover of life and always had a smile on his face. He would always greet me with a wave and say "hello kid" in his baritone voice. I will miss celebrating the holidays and special events with him. It is true that we always think we have more time than we do and I wish Emil had gotten the chance to meet this wonderful man. Harley always treated me like family and there will always be a special place in my heart for him. We love you Harley, may you rest in peace.
Grace, Jonas and Emil

Grace and Maya Bettencourt

November 9, 2020

Maya and I are sorry to hear of your loss. We hope all your wonderful memories sustain you during this time.
Grace and Maya

Pilar Alvarez

November 9, 2020

Harley was one of the nicest people I know and he was a great dad too. I will remember Harley as a very patient and kind man.

He was the picture of a gentleman: handsome, well-spoken, polite and at times formal. He had the most amazing deep voice and an infectious laugh.

No matter wherever he is, he will always be watching over his boys and family.

My heartfelt condolences.

Lucy Bettencourt

November 9, 2020

An Ode to Harley

This is a tale of a man you once knew,
But if you are not certain, I will give you a clue.

The story began in 1932,
When Jack an Dorthy welcomed a baby in blue.

He was the apple of their eye
He was very well mannered
His mother would boast and go on with a banter.

He travelled with friends after studying at UofT
He was happy and content; he was certainly free.

"Jack and I want grandchildren before we are dead.
It is time that you marry, its time that you wed."

As fate would have it, Harley married Miss Anne,
And there it all started; a new life began.

In 1968, without wasting any time
Bryan was born before Harley turned 39.

It wasn't long after, the 3 became 4
It was clear life was more interesting when there were more.

He watched his boys grow into men with a heart
His guidance and warmth, makes it hard to depart.

To think he is gone, it is difficult to bear
All those Hockey Nights in Canada, he was always there.

He was loved by many, he was loved by Pepper
He was always one to send a card and a letter.

Never one to say no to warm pumpkin pie
It is hard to say thank you and to say good bye.

Good bye, Harley--husband, father and friend
Know you were loved until the very end.

Love Lucy

John Collinson

November 8, 2020

Bra / Steve

Your dad was the best, truly one of a kind. Every time I catch my self telling my boys to stop "rough housing" I think of him.

Karen Mathews

November 8, 2020

Dear Bryan and Stephen & Family,

I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Harley passing. He was a wonderful man and he always had a great smile and always had a big hug for me. I loved him and will miss him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love Karen ❤️

Mike Rose

November 8, 2020

I first met Harley in 1952 when we began our civil engineering studies at U of T. Thus began a wonderful friendship that endured until Harley's recent passing just over 68 years later. Our bond as classmates grew stronger with every passing year. During our years together at university we played together on one of the house lacrosse teams and enjoyed social outings together. We both attended every (or almost) 5T6 Civils annual reunion until last year where we invariably sat together and caught up over a good meal.

Later, in 1962, Harley joined the Maintenance Dept. of the Toronto Board of Education which I had joined in 1958. There, we worked together, frequently lunching and socializing together. We both left for greener pastures in1965, Harley to the Peel Board of Ed. while I headed to the Kitchener Board. Much later, post retirements, Harley joined me in a consulting capacity at the Metro Toronto Housing Authority where we addressed serious problems of corruption and mismanagement in their Physical Plant Division. Harley had a wonderful way with people and did a terrific job of reshaping and revitalizing the Construction Dept. Not surprisingly, he formed firm friendships with colleagues there which lasted well after we both moved on a few years later.

Harley was a very good engineer/manager but an even better person. His consideration for others, his love for his family and his unfailing good humor (and great smile) will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Kamran & Mitra Nejati

November 8, 2020

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Phillips family on the loss of your dear father Harley. We have a lot of good memories of Harley and Anne in the Baha'i community for the past number of years. Harley's good nature and smiles were his mark, which we never forget. We pray earnestly for the progress of his soul in the realms above. With much love, Mitra & Kamran Nejati

Cathy Gignac

November 7, 2020

Cathy Gignac

November 7, 2020


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Harley Roderic Phillips had a wonderful life. His generosity, his cheerful nature and his signature laugh will be always remembered by his family, friends and colleagues.

Growing up in an idyllic time and city with gingerbread style houses on Delemere Avenue in Toronto, Dad was adored by his parents Dorothy and Jack and his grandparents Charlotte and James. He talked often about the wonderful memories of exploring the city with childhood friends and playing in the woods up north close to his grandparents’ resort.

After graduating from Runnymede Collegiate, Dad studied Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, graduating in the class of 1956. Many of his university classmates became his lifelong friends. He attended every annual reunion, even with the help of his sons for the last year.

After university there was some mystery to Dad’s life. There was an adventurous trip to “Europe by Boat”, driving piggyback trucks across Canada, working in the bush and other good stuff out there!

Dad started working with the Atomic Energy Board at Chalk River near Ottawa, then joined the Toronto District School Board in 1962. In 1965, he moved to the Peel Board of Education working in Design and Construction, until his retirement in 1993. He finished off his working career by coming out of retirement to help Metro Toronto Housing. His colleagues from the Peel Board remember until today how cheerful and fun he was …and Harley’s laugh!

Dad married mother in February 1968. Nine months later, our pragmatic gentleman and his new bride welcomed their first son Bryan. Their second son Steven joined a few years later.

The family home was established in Bramalea, on the legendary Deerfield Crescent. There could not have been a better community than the “D” section to grow a family in 70’s and 80’s. The neighborhood was shared by many young and friendly families whose children were within a few years of age. Lifelong friendships were built and many fond memories and traditions were created.

Dad was a lover of animals throughout his life and cherished his dogs King, Shallah, Magnum, and Pepper.

Dad enjoyed photography and explored his interests in art after retirement. As an avid gardener, he was an active member of the Ontario Water Garden Society and regularly went on tours and attended conferences with the Home and Garden Society. He took Upholstery Courses, learned to do Stained Glass and even took a sommelier course in his 70’s.

Mom and Dad were both musical fans. They enjoyed annual memberships to Mirvish Theatre Productions for many years attending Dinner Theatres regularly. His love of Music was wide ranging and showed in his collection of records from the top singers of the 40’s and 50’s, from Hawaiian to Opera. We remember an evening when all this clapping and cheering was coming from the basement. It was Dad celebrating his admiration for a performance.

Dad loved movies and the Turner Classics were his favorites. We can’t forget Murder She Wrote and comedies of all eras. We have great memories of watching Peter Sellers movies and Laurel and Hardy. We laughed, not so much at the screen, but with this Lovely man bellowing laughter with tears in his eyes. Dad had a great sense of HUMOR.

A kind, patient and funny old school gentleman from a bygone era, Dad used to say “I grew up in a wonderful time of life, music and the world”.

He lived a long life. He was our Jimmy Stewart. That deep baritone voice and strong engaging laugh was our Dad.

As we are celebrating Dad’s long wonderful life together, the magic of “It’s a Wonderful Life” will endure for the rest of ours.

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