Mar 18, 1919 – Dec 30, 2017
Phil was born in Deep Dale, Manitoba on March 18, 1919. He passed away, after a short stay in Salmon Arm Hospital on December 30, 2017 at the young age of 98.
Phil joined the Royal Regina Rifles Army and was shipped to England. On June 6, 1944 he landed on Juno Beach (Normandy, France).
After the war, Phil moved back to his home town, Radisson, Saskatchewan, where he helped his dad in the butcher shop where he learned the trade. He then lived in Trail, Vulcan, moved to the Coast before moving to Salmon Arm.
In 1960, settled in Salmon Arm where he had a wonderful work experience with “Lloyd Askew” at Askew’s Abattoir. Due to health reasons he started to haul stock for Bill Hopkins, also helped Clay Lank and Dave DeBoer and hauled fruit to Saskatchewan for the Davidsons.
Phil was predeceased by his parents Walter & Jeannette Wragg, brother Russell, sisters Grace Irwin & Mabel Stott, infant son Lorne, grandson David Botrakoff and first wife Jessie. He is survived by his second wife Nicki, daughters Audrey Antoniak (Ray), Carol Bedea, Peggy Botrakoff (Mel) and Chris Perrigo.
Grandchildren/great grandchildren, Brent McMyn/Justin & Travis, Shannon Antoniak/Jumoke & Sasha and Jason Antoniak (Danielle)/River. Brad Botrakoff (Christina)/Cameron & Mikayla and Jeremy Botrakoff (Lisa). Shawn Perrigo (Diana)/Jaxson, Peyton & Elizabeth. Nieces, nephews and many cousins.
Phil was decorated with the French Legion of D’Honneur in June 2015.
Phil’s family wish to express their appreciation and deep gratitude to Dr. Chris Weicker, Lynn & Carie. To the ambulance drivers, Amanda & Karen. To the midnight emergency Dr. Louw, to the nurses on the 4th Floor, you were all very special.
And thank you to Jack Bowers, who provided support and has been such a help to us.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Bower’s Funeral Chapel.
Reception to follow.