Philip Fletcher Huffman

1931-2021 ~ It is with heavy hearts that we announce Phil’s passing after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born in 1931 at Fairlight Saskatchewan, Phil moved to Whonnock BC in 1947 and later, Maple Ridge. Phil worked as a Steam Engineer for various Lumber and Pulp and Paper Companies for years all over BC. Phil moved to Squamish in 1965 where he met, and later married, his wife Marilyn and they had 2 children, Shannon and Grant.
In 1971, Phil achieved a personal goal of obtaining his 1st Class Steam Engineer ticket. 1972 brought new opportunities when Phil and Marilyn moved to Nanaimo BC where they owned and operated the Beverley Motel for 7 years; during this time, Phil also worked as a Chief Engineer in Chemainus until 1981 and then as a Steam Engineer at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital until he retired in 1996. Phil and Marilyn enjoyed extensive RV travelling and cruising together.
Phil used his time travelling back on forth on the BC Ferries to work in Hammond BC to study for his Grade XII, which he proudly achieved in 1992.
After retirement, Phil enjoyed many years as a self-taught Machinist, building a model tractor, sawmill and other small engines. Phil very much enjoyed his involvement with the Mid Island Vintage Tractor and Equipment Club (MIVTEC) and was active at Brechin United Church.
Phil has been lovingly described as kind, gentle, highly educated and a pillar of the family. Phil had a great sense of humour and told the best stories with a twinkle in his eye and a chuckle.
Predeceased by his Father Bill, Mother Grace, sister Alice and brother Jim, Phil will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Marilyn, daughter Shannon (Larry and Haylee) and son Grant (Tobin, Kylie and Jaden), many loved nieces and nephews and other special family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Phil’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation (Palliative Care Unit) and Brechin United Church.

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