Passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital on December 20th, 2010. Phil was born on December 14th, 1915 in Mournville, AB, the youngest child of a family of 10. He worked on the family farm and married his childhood sweetheart Ethel Speechley in 1936 in Jarvie, AB. Phil and Ethel enjoyed 52 years of marriage, living in various small northern towns in Alberta. Phil joined the Navy and served on ships in Toronto and Victoria, settling in New Westminster after the war. Phil and Ethel moved to Canoe in 1946 where Phil worked at the Federated Co-op for over 25 years. Phil was an active member in the Salmon Arm and Canoe Community as a volunteer fireman, a very active member in the Salmon Arm Credit Union and the Knights of Columbus, Roman Catholic Church. After 25 years in Canoe, Phil and Ethel moved to Squamish, Langley and Kamloops and then settled in West Kelowna where Phil worked at the Gorman Brothers Mill. Ethel passed away in 1988. Phil married Margaret in 1991 and enjoyed traveling to many parts of Canada, the States, London, Spain and an Africa safari when he was 82. Phil moved to Salmon Arm and resided at the Shuswap Lodge, which he was happy to call his home. Phil was predeceased by all his brothers and sisters, his first wife Ethel, son Steven, and his grandson Paul Froment. Phil will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife Margaret Froment of West Kelowna, sons Phil (Sheena) Froment of Kamloops, Norm (Barb) Froment of Kamloops, daughters Paulette (Wayne) Turner of Vancouver Island, Louise (Jack) Whitney of Turtle Valley and Joanne (John) Weber of Ithaca, New York. He will be missed by his 11 great grandchildren as well as by his nine grandchildren whom will serve as Pallbearers for their grandfather: Paige Mittlestead, Mike Blackburn, Mark Udell, Chad Whitney, Karen Whitney, Kary Pittendreigh, David Bartman and Deanna Roth. The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Chris Weiker and all the nurses at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital on Level 2. Sincere thanks to the Shuswap Lodge staff for their conscientious care during our dad’s stay at his second home. We thank you dearly! Prayers were recited on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm with a Funeral Mass celebrated on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm both from Our Lady of Lourdes, 2547 Hebert Road, Westbank, BC. Donations can be made to Westbank and Salmon Arm Knights of Columbus with proceeds to go to Education of Youth.
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