YAW, Phil - On Friday, August 9, 2019, Phil Yaw, loving husband and father, peacefully passed away at the age of 69 after fighting a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Phil leaves behind a family that absolutely loves him; his wife Miriam, his two daughters Shannon (Stephen) and Jenny (Rey), and his step-daughter Charlene (Conrad).
Phil was blessed to have 7 beautiful granddaughters who he completely adored and who thought the world of him; Scarlett, Sydney, Ella, Lily, Hannah, Adelyn and Elise.
Phil was born on November 8, 1949 in Belfast, Ireland and moved to Canada with his family at the young age of 8.
Phil’s greatest passion was his family, and he often reminded us how much he loved all of “his girls." Phil’s other great passion was for the game of golf. He thoroughly enjoyed being out on the golf course and would jump at any opportunity to get out on the greens. He enjoyed it even more when he could combine 2 of his loves… golfing with the love of his life, Miriam,
Phil was always known as someone with a strong work ethic, some might even call him a workaholic. He spent many years working as a Produce Buyer with Loblaws and A&P, and spent the last 10 years working in Logistics at Labatt’s where he had made some great friends and touched the lives of many people who knew him.
Anyone who knew Phil would comment on his kindness, his warm heart and forever positive outlook. He was the kind of man who would help anyone, the kind of person who never overlooked showing his appreciation for those around him and who always had the truest intentions. Phil was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his exceptionally kind and compassionate spirit. He had a special way of connecting with people wherever he went. He was a man of class, and probably one of the most authentic people you could have ever of had the pleasure of meeting. A true gentlemen.
Even in his final days he continued to carry himself with such grace and poise, never forgetting to thank people for the care they were giving him. He was also well known for his sense of humour, always finding something funny and had a laugh that was truly infectious and impossible not to forget.
We are so proud of how he fought through this journey over these past months. He stayed strong, brave and positive – just the way he lived his life. Phil leaves behind a legacy of love for family and friendship. He will always be in our hearts and will lovingly be remembered by his family and his friends.
Phil is reunited with his parents Norman and Ellen Yaw and sister Alma Fox.
Memorial visitation will be held at Glen Oaks funeral home, Oakville on August 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 3:00 p.m. until a Memorial Service begins there at 5:00 p.m. Reception to follow from 6 - 8 p.m.