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Philip Albert Francis Gorin

February 11, 1948 - June 28, 2012


Much loved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin, Philip Gorin passes away on June 28, 2012 at the age of 64 after a short bout with cancer. He is survived by his son Steven ( Regan) and grandchild Joshua of Smith Falls, Ont., sister Carol Barclay (John) of Slocan, BC, nieces and nephews: Jo-Anne Barclay (Ray) of New Denver, BC., John Barclay (Keri) of Bethany, Missouri, Tamara, Christopher (Eniko) and Brandon Gorin of Vancouver, BC and their families, Aunts: Jean Lemieux and Winnie Smith of Ontario, cousins: Dennis, Donald, David Lemieux, Bev Poirier, Norman, Shirley, Linda, Michael Moore, Peter, Cynthia McKinney, Ron and Bev Sims. Phil was predeceased by his son Brian, his parents Eric and Phyllis and his brother Randall. Philip was born in Montreal, Quebec on February 11, 1948. During his lifetime Philip worked in the printing trade and in Vancouver he worked as a typewriter mechanic and then grounds keeper for the Jericho Tennis Club. He went on to earn his small engine mechanics licence and became self-employed while at the same time working for private small engine repair shops. IN addition, he was a general handyman for some time and also worked as a mechanic on tour boats on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. Upon earning his counseling certificate he worked near Kenora, Ontario as a youth counselor on the White Dog Reservation. Also, after moving into Kenora, Phil worked in a counseling ministry with his church. He moved to Slocan in 2005and he kept himself busy with beachcombing, small engine repairs and as a Volunteer Firefighter. He joined the Legion and was very helpful with fundraising events for the community. He was an avid hockey player and fan, enjoyed scuba diving, motorcycles and music (having played guitar and harmonica with the praise team at his church, a senior’s home and at other events). He recently built himself a “boat” which he named “Beachcomber” (was becoming a legend!). His joy of being on the water was very evident to all. The family wishes to thank the nurses and doctors at KLDH and all the staff at the New Denver Pavilion for their care of Philip. Cremation has taken place and arrangements are under the care of Thompson Funeral Services Ltd. A memorial gathering will be held at the Slocan Legion Hall on Saturday, July 7th from 1-3pm. In lieu of flowers one may donate to the Cancer Society, box 292 Nelson BC V1L 5P9. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends but we celebrate his life and rejoice in knowing that he is safe in the arms of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


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From: Dennis Lemieux
Relation: My cousin

So sorry to hear of Philip’s passing. I’ll always remember him dropping by my Dad’s farm and repairing every broken small-engined appliance that we had mistreated ( we were good at that ). Afterwards, he’d kick back and tell us stories of his life and adventures around the country and he’d captivate us for hours. A tall good-looking guy with a kind, gentle soul. Adieu cousin, Dennis

From: Linda Mercer (Moore)
Relation: Cousin

I am so sorry for your loss of Philip. I am often thinking what a shame it really is that I have not made a better attempt to keep in touch with what little family I really have. I remember mom often speaking about Randy,Philip and Carol. My thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Linda.

From: Dave & Lynda McDonald
Relation: friends and brother-in-Christ

We are truly saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. He was such a precious friend and man of God,…always wanting to help. His love of music is what touched us most, his desire to bring the joy of the Lord to whoever would listen. We spent many a Sunday worshiping together. Phil had a passion for Christ that was reflected in his music and his voice.
Our sincere condolences to all his family. Believing that Phil is in the comforting Arms of Jesus and knowing those same Arms embrace each one of you now in comfort and in peace.
Heaven is in for a treat having both Phil and our sister-in-Christ (the late) Pat Puls worshiping together once again…for eternity 🙂

Be at peace Philly! We love you…until we meet again…
Always, Dave & Lynda McDonald

From: Juli DeRidder
Relation: Praise and Worship team/Church

Phil and I were in the Praise and Worship team together in Kenora. He was quite a man. Phil was eccentric, and incredibly fun to talk to. He was an amazing guitar player, and a great harmonica player. Often he would have to quit playing halfway through a song to stretch his hand, but he would get right back in it again. He was determined, and one of the most giving people I ever met.
Phil discovered I was learning to play guitar, he strung one for me and put my name on it. That guitar was something I treasured and will continue to do so. My condolences to his family, but find peace in knowing he isn’t in pain any longer, and he is happy where he is at.
Love yah Phil Phil!

From: Steve and Sherry Deridder
Relation: Brother in Christ

So very sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. But we rejoice that he is with the Lord Jesus. He was a very big part of the praise team at Water of Life Family Church. Our oldest daughter Juli sang with him and the rest of the team. Our youngest Jen was called “Jen Jen” by Phil and she returned “Phil Phil to him.” Phil never asked for anything but he was a giver. God bless Phil’s family with peace and comfort at this time.

From: Denise Neufeld
Relation: Former Neighbour

Very sorry to hear about Phil. He lived next door to me in Kenora for a few years and the poor man was always hearing “Phil, my lawnmower isn’t working” or “Phil, my car won’t start” or “Phil, could you make me a……….?” He probably hated to hear the word “Phil”. One day my mother fell down the stairs and in no time he’d put up a handrail. My memories of Phil also include his big baby of a dog Andy. Those two were always together. My condolences to all his family and friends.

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