PHILLIPS, Michael John - July 25, 1946 - February 25, 2013 John passed away gently Monday at 6:40 a.m. at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, of pulmonary fibrosis, with his beloved Janey by his side. Greatly loved husband of Jane Naczynski for 34 years. "Little Brother" of Jennifer Cable (John), Kevin (Teresa) and Anne Carruthers (Allan Wood); beloved son of Jack and Laura (deceased), all of Perth, Western Australia. Much loved brother-in-law to Julie Naczynski (Toronto) and Elizabeth Naczynski Re (Charlie, Hamilton) and uncle to 13 nieces and nephews on two continents. Will be much missed by friends on Ritchie Avenue, his golf and scuba buddies, his schoolmates, "the basketballers" and co-workers at Kendall/BBA Nonwovens and Nichol Electric. Thanks to Drs. Abe Hirsz, Graham Berlyne, Rob Cirone and the wonderful nurses, respiratory therapists and staff of St. Joe's ICU who gave us the gift of these precious last days. John's life will be celebrated Saturday, March 2 at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto. Visitation 1-3 p.m.; service at 3 p.m. ; reception following immediately onsite. Be ready to share a story about John! No flowers please; donate to your favourite charity in John's name. John's ashes will be returned to his beloved Australia. Post condolences online at www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 28, 2013