Phillip Mostow

November 9, 1931February 7, 2021

Phillip Mostow Nov. 9, 1931 – Feb. 7, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Father, Papa and Best friend, Phillip Mostow on Feb. 7th, 2021 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital with his family by his side.

Phil was predeceased by his wife Eileen, parents Sidoria and Mathew Mostow, step-father Michael Shewchuk, sister Victoria Cederwall, brother-in-law Rudolph, brother Alex and wife Shirley, niece Kim Hagar and Sister-in-law Betty Anne Shewchuk.

He is survived by his three sons Duane (Diane), David (Glenda) and Dean (Elma), his granddaughters Leah and Hanna Mostow, his best friend Alma, also surviving him is his brother Peter Shewchuk, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Phil was born and raised in Kenora and while still attending High School obtained his Pilot’s licence, and immediately after graduation, he pursued a flying career. He was employed by such firms as Marathon Paper Mill, Ontario Central Airlines and Superior Airways, he also became a flying instructor with the Thunder Bay and Kenora Flying Club.

Phil then returned to College and graduated with an Electronic Certificate, he then obtained employment with Northern Telephone as a Technician and flew all over Northwestern Ontario maintaining communication systems. Two aircraft that Phil flew are on permanent display: Fox Moth CF-DJB is on display at the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa and a Stinson Reliant CF-BGN can be seen at the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste, Marie. He then accepted a position with the newly established Educational Television Branch of the Ministry of Education in Thunder Bay, when this branch evolved into T.V. Ont., Phil then accepted a position with the Ministry of Northern Affairs and worked in the communities of Red Lake, Ignace and Kenora, while living in these communities, Phil served on the Lake of the Woods Hospital Board, the Kenora-Keewatin School Board, Canadian Cancer Society, Ignace Economic Development Committee and the Lions Club in Ignace. Phil was also a member of the Kenora Legion and Keewatin Kinsmen Club.

In retirement, Phil continued to fly for pleasure, enjoyed square dancing, building and flying model airplanes and most of all, playing his Trumpet with the Sunset Country Swing Band.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society in Phil’s memory.

High Flight

"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. "Up, up the long delirious burning blue I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, where never lark, or even eagle, flew; and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, put out my hand and touched the face of God." John Gillespie Magee, Jr

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Marjorie Zimmer

February 14, 2021

So very sorry to hear of the loss of Phil Mostow. It was so soon after just losing brother Alex. Kenora will not be the same without them. Their loss represents the end of an era. Sincerest condolences to the Mostow families. Paul Jackson & Marjorie Zimmer

Donald Cameron

February 13, 2021

So sorry to hear of Phil's passing. I worked with him at the Provincial government and he was one of the good guys. He had interests and skills and he was always good to talk to. He liked to talk about flying had many stories to tell. He was a gentle man.

Don McIntosh

February 10, 2021

Met you through your love of model airplanes and an interest in big bikes.
Sorry we had not met earlier and had a chance to ride the "Wing"

R. Archie & Sybil McKay

February 9, 2021

Sincere condolences to the Mostow family and Alma Smith on the passing of Phil, such a loss of a life long buddy and friend. Phil, Al Linkewich & I grew up together in Kenora and we were adventurous until going our separate ways as adults.RIP PHILLIP.

Doug Kilpatrick Colleen Fadden

February 9, 2021

We mill miss Phil's smiles and his cheerful attitude.
Sorry we never got to connect on the banjo lessons.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Alma and all the family.

Gary and Patricia Hamilton

February 9, 2021

Our condolences to all of Phil's family and his good friend Alma.
It was our pleasure to have had the opportunity to know such a fine, kind gentleman and dedicated trumpet trumpet player.
We were most fortunate to have had so many grand years together in the band and at social events.
There is no doubt that we will all miss him along with his great attitude, laughter and warm heart.
Gary and Pat

Stu Everett

February 9, 2021

It was an honour to be able to be a co-worker of Phil’s. He always showed great kindness to those he worked with and those he served. Those in public service sometimes fail to understand how important it is to understand the problems brought before them, and work to find a comforting solution. Phil was an example to all as to how one should do one’s job. He treated all with compassion and empathy and was much loved for those qualities.

To say he will be missed is as trite as to say the sun would be missed if it does not come up tomorrow. Rest In Peace my friend.

Ann Hrynyk

February 8, 2021

My sincere condolences. I remember Phillip from when Peter and I would visit Kenora.

Donna Chaisson

February 8, 2021

I had many conversations with Phil. Always enjoyed talking with him. Sincerest condolences to all of the family and friends. RIP Phil. 🙏🙏

Evangeline Mostowchuk

February 8, 2021

I'm a cousin in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who visited with the Mostows in Kenora a few years back. We are long lost cousins. I made the connection when I visited the village the Mostowchuks came from, Chlivysche, Ukraine. At the time I did not know that the Mostowchuks in Kenora had dropped the 'chuk' from their name. It was Phil who I was able to connect with and get in touch with my cousins. I only met him this once, but I was impressed with his knowledge of aviation. Please accept my warm thoughts and prayers as you all remember the good times.