Marc Phillips

December 23, 1960May 28, 2020

On Thursday, May 28th, 2020, the Lord called one of His faithful servants home, knowing that his battle on this earth was growing more tiresome. Marc Douglas Phillips, 59, of Cornwallis Park, loving husband, father and Grampie, passed away suddenly at home from complications of heart and kidney disease.

Marc had a passion for the Gospel, and a desire to share it with those around him, whether it be family, friends, his medical team, or strangers he was about to get to know. He served as Pastor of Ashmore Bethel Baptist Church in Ashmore NS for the past number of years, where his congregate came to know and appreciate his style of delivering God’s messages. The Covid19 pandemic meant getting those messages out in another way, therefore Marc took to social media to spread God’s word, reaching beyond the structured walls of a building and touching more souls.

Prior to ministry, Marc was the General Manager of Annapolis Basin Conference Centre, an entity born of the former CFB Cornwallis Park. His work was fulfilling there, and challenging at times, and it pleased him to be part of a team who shared the same vision of reviving this community. He always said “surround yourself with good people, show respect, treat them kind, and your job as a manager will be easier.” However, once ‘the call’ was placed upon his heart, Marc retired to more freely focus on his ministry.

Marc enjoyed simplicity in his life, choosing to focus on what was always important to him, his loving God and family. His daughters, who still called him for advice or ‘just to chat’, and his grandchildren, who he loved dearly, were shining jewels in his heart. Finding love, and building a life together with his soulmate, wife Esther, was a journey they were on together, creating a story of many chapters, and building memories that we’ll all hold tight in our hearts. Marc’s fur baby, a 9 mo old golden name Maudie, will miss the bond the two of them had. Without doubt, she was his therapy puppy.

By nature, Marc was quiet, and very much a gentleman, a deep thinker and knowledgeable of so many topics. He always enjoyed some friendly competition in trivia, pool, snooker, basketball, cribbage, darts, and the many scrabble games he and Esther would play. Though he liked watching sports, he especially enjoyed the game of golf, playing whenever he was able, with his brother, friends and acquaintances. Marc’s quick wit, off the wall humor, and corny jokes made us laugh often, and gave pause to his grandchildren to send a look his way and then ask “is that right Mom or is Grampie fooling?”

Born in Digby, Marc is survived by his wife Esther, a partner of 21 years, his daughters Lorelei (Atlas), Erica (Duston) and Courtney (Dave), his grandchildren Isabella, Isiah, Alexis and Avery. As well, by his mother Evangeline Head, sister Tanya Wambolt, brothers Rodney and Michell. He was predeceased by his father Gilbert Phillips of Kahnawake, special aunt Audrey ‘Tody’ VanTassell, grandmother ‘Nanny’ Irene Ruggles.

Special thanks to his nurses and doctors, and all medical staff, in the Renal Dialysis Unit at Yarmouth Regional Hospital, who took excellent care of him during his treatments. He formed many relationships during his time there, and spoke highly of the professionalism and passion the staff had for their patients.

Cremation has taken place under the care of Jaynes Funeral Home in Digby. Celebration of Marc's life will be held 11 am, September 12, from Champlain Hall 178 Haida St. Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia B0S 1H0. Donations in Marc’s memory can be made to the Renal Dialysis Unit at Digby General Hospital, Ashmore Bethel Baptist Church c/o 1349A Sissiboo Road, Weymouth NS B0W 3T0, or any charity of choice.

Enjoy your heavenly rewards Marc, you have earned them. We will have a great reunion someday.

“...when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you”

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Linda Bailey

May 28, 2021

I will never forget Marc's kindness to my niece Theresa when they worked together at Cornwallis. He was her best friend. When she passed away he was a great deal of support to the family. Hopefully they are reunited in Heaven. Marc was one of the kindest and most compassionate people I have ever met. RIP Marc.

Robert Head

August 2, 2020

I only just learned of Marc's passing. Belated condolences.

Marc would be a cousin by second marriage to me, and a friend by kindness' he generously shared.

When I was a teenager, living with his mother and an uncle, I had many occasions to speak with Marc. He always listened carefully, and then thoughtfully offered his counsel.

Later, after my own father, John D. Head, passed (whom Marc knew mostly from the Cornwallis Park where my father had retired to), Marc reached out to me to talk about my (late) grandmother Edith Head's old farmhouse in Barton. It was nice to be in touch, and we exchanged emails. Marc asked if I would be interested in the old place...but Life had brought me to other corners of the world...regardless, it was the sort of consideration you would expect from Marc. He knew I had a history there that he understood was significant to my past, and he was respecting that connection.

When I think of Marc, I recall his youth. I remember him at Irene's, on holidays and festive occasions, where we enjoyed some fine rappie pie and good company. I recall his return from Ontario - a life-changing period for Marc. I recall his compassion and quiet, despite adversities that Life challenged him with in his youth.

Marc died young. Yet he lived well in the eyes of those who knew him, and in the experience of his community. Marc was a giver.

Our relationship was perhaps small, however he touched my life as did he so many others. My memories of him are of his kind nature. Rest peacefully, Marc.

Robert M. Head
Qualicum Beach, BC

Sandra and Peter Turnbull

June 6, 2020

Our Deepest Sympathy to Esther and all of the family. Another great person taken away, way to soon. Mark will forever be in our heats. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. RIP Mark.

Katherine & Robert Eberly

June 5, 2020

Pastor Marc was a lovely man. We currently live in Pennsylvania and my Dad’s was born in Digby as John Turnbull. We visited our friend Deb Pyne Young between Christmas and New Years a few years ago. It was a wonderful experience especially because of Pastor Marc, he was so very gracious and his sermon was so appropriate for the time. Meantime Deb has spoken of him with such love and respect. We are back in Nova Scotia this fall and so looked forward to seeing him. He will be sadly missed ! Our deepest sympathy to Esther, their daughters, son in laws and grandchildren.

Valerie Young Mount

June 2, 2020

Esther, my sincere sympathy to you and all the family. I always enjoyed meeting you two when Marc relieved as pastor at churches where I played. He preached a good sermon! God's blessing on you at a difficult time.

Noel Facey

June 2, 2020

On Behalf of Beverly and myself we send our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family and friends. May God cover you with his peace. Pastor Noel

Julie Caissie

June 2, 2020

On behalf of the Mackintosh family, I would like to extend our condolences to Marc's loved ones. Marc was truly a remarkable man, and a great friend. He cared for people deeply and spread peace and faith wherever he went. His sweet disposition served him well in whatever endeavor he undertook. He exemplified the saying, " Be the person, you want them to remember." Rest in peace Marc. We will remember you always.

Geraldine Aucoin

June 2, 2020

Sincere condolences from all his girls :(

Daniel Jamer

June 2, 2020

I remember Marc well from the classes I was privileged to teach when he was taking the Lay Pastor Program! He always added a lot to the discussions and classes and his love for the Lord and others was very evident!
My thoughts and prayers are with Esther and family with his passing! Our hope in the Lord brings comfort and promise of seeing Marc again in that eternal home! May His Spirit comfort you in the loss and sorrow you feel, and may you know that others are lifting you up in prayer!

Melanie Bright

June 2, 2020

Sending my deepest and heartfelt condolences to Ester and all the family. Losing a loved one is never easy. We have memories. Celebrate him always. God loves us all.