May 8, 1946 – September 2, 2020
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing away of my beloved husband, Philip Alan Rothwell. Philip in his 74th year went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ. Philip was at home at the time of his passing. Philip was born in 1946 in the city of St. Catharines, Ontario to his loving parents Alan Griffis Rothwell and Nodaine Rothwell (Mc Kerlie). Philip was an only child and was a very devoted son to his parents. Now they are together for eternity. Philip was a gentle, kind, compassionate and caring man. A man with great dignity to all who knew him. Even though he was quiet, he had a wealth of knowledge stored inside of him. Philip graduated from Brock University with a BA in history and politics and later became the librarian at Brock, until he took early retirement to care for his aging parents. He was an avid reader and had a great interest for world history, especially WW1 and WW2. If you ever had a conversation with Philip, he sure had his facts straight! Philip was a longstanding member of Queen Street Baptist Church remaining faithful until he and his wife were married, and they attended Glenridge Bible Church. Philip enjoyed travelling to the east coast to visit his in-laws. He has two brothers-in-law’s, Charles Thomas Lavigne (Linda), and David Alan Lavigne (Estelle) and his mother-in-law, Sylvia Lavigne. He will be forever missed by them. Philip had a longstanding friendship (since childhood) with his best friend Jack Mc Neil. Philip and Jack were just little tots when they attended Sunday School at Queen Street Baptist Church, where Jack’s mother was the Sunday school teacher. I want to sincerely thank-you Jack for always being there for Philip. He had great respect and admiration for you. Having you there as his best man and then being there at his end was a great comfort to me and I know Philip would have wanted that. Philip is leaving behind his wife Sandra Rothwell, his two stepdaughters, Teisha and Jamie. As well as three grandchildren, Destiny, Matthias and Harper, whom he loved very much. They will miss their grandpa. And now my darling husband Philip, I want to say that even though God called you home, I am and will always be your wife, your soulmate. Thank-you for loving me deeply and showing me what real love is. Until God calls me home you will always be in my heart. I will always respect and honor your name, my love. Until we meet again, Love your wife Sandra. Thank-you friends and family of Glenridge Bible Church for all your kindness, comfort, prayer, cards, flowers and food. *Memorial to follow at later date Special recognition to: Steve Bedard, Pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church (Philips Cousin) Dr. Eltoft (Philips Family Dr.)
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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September 17, 2020
I knew Philip from elementary school through friends Charles Osborne and Alan Meighan. I got to know Philip better at Brock and later at Queen Street after my marriage. At Brock I used to stay late until the security guard chased me out, after he had locked all the stairwell doors on each floor. (You could only go down on the elevator.) As I was leaving the eighth floor, I heard a banging on the door. Philip had entered the stairwell, and found that he couldn't get out. He was excessively grateful when I let him out. My wife Sue and I attended Queen Street Baptist for a while, and we got to know Philip further then. My deep condolences to family and friends.
September 11, 2020
We miss you Philip! You never knew: every night after Harper said her prayers we would song Jesus Loves Me. We would continue "yes, Jesus loves..." until we mention everyone she wanted to mention.
"Yes Jesus loves grandpa Philip...
Yes Jesus loves grandpa Philip..
Yes Jesus loves grandpa Philip...
The Bible tells me so..."
When Harper saw us visibly upset, she said, "mommy, it's okay. Grandpa Philip was prepared to go see Jesus."
And you were. We had some good talks and shared our love of quite a few Scifi shows and movies❤️ Holidays talking at the table and eating a lot of good food will never be forgotten.
We love and miss you, Philip.
Until we meet again in heaven...
Your step daughter, Teisha, and granddaughter, Harper!!
September 9, 2020
I miss you so much honey,living without you is so very difficult.I know that you are with Jesus now,and i will see you again one day.That comforts me greatly