Life with Faith, Family and Farm
Legacy of George Donald Arthur Philips (1927-2017)
Life is a gift of God. Living a life to be remembered is a legacy. Memorial Presbyterian Church, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta has been celebrating the life of one of its finest men of faith, George Philips who passed away on November 26,2017 at the Rocky Mountain House hospital. George Philips was a man who lived his life for faith, family and farm. He was born on July 23rd, 1927 in Calgary to Laura and Arthur Philips. He was raised, lived and farmed all his life in the Arbutus district near Rocky Mountain House. In his early childhood days, he learned to live during the depression with courage, hard work and faith in God. He was married his beautiful wife Dawn on July 3,1954 at the Anglican Church in Rocky Mountain House and had four children Barbara, Beverly, Valerie and Garth and was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He studied agriculture at Olds College and graduated in 1945.
His life was a gift of God to the family, community and the Church. He loved his family. He believed that family is the gift of God and he never missed to cherish it. He enjoyed working in farming, logging and road construction. He loved the creation of God and spent time to enjoy it. His contribution to the community was enormous. He was one of the trustees in the Public school for 13 ½ years. His kindness had reached out everyone who met him. He and Dawn received the Alberta Farm Family Award in 1970 and the Rocky Humanitarian Award in 1995.
George served as the elder of the Memorial Presbyterian Church for a long time and impacted on the members of the Congregations for decades. He cared for everyone even though they were new to the congregation. His smiling and cheerful welcome had set an example of Christian hospitality and pastoral care. Since December 2015, God has given me the opportunity to know and serve this man of God. When I think about him, I remember the words of Peter Strople: “Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people.” George does not leave something for us but something in us. We remember him and thank God for blessing our Presbyterian Church with such this faithful man.
Written by Rev.Dr.Devadosan Sugirtharaj, Minister of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta