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KUEBER , Philip Thomas Died peacefully of heart failure early Monday morning, November 23, 2009. He was 75. Phil was born November 17, 1934 in Galahad, Alberta. He entered UBC in 1952 and alongside his academics, he took up rowing and became a member of the "Cinderella Crew". This crew was noted for their gold medal win at the 1954 Commonwealth Games, for defeating the favored Russian crew at the 1955 Henley Royal Regatta, and for securing a silver medal at the 1956 Summer Olympiad in Melbourne. Phil graduated from UBC Law School and moved to Calgary in 1958, where he practised corporate/securities law for thirty-five years as a partner at Howard Mackie. In particular, he excelled in his knowledge and execution of oil and gas law, and served on many boards over those decades. In 1979 he was appointed Queens Counsel. For his athletic achievements Phil had been inducted into the Canadian Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. Athletics served him well, and he served in return, including fifteen years as a Director of the Alberta Sports Council, a founder and first President of the Calgary Rowing Club, President of the Alberta Rowing Association, and President of the Alberta Gymnastic Federation. Phil loved going to the thoroughbred horse track, and for years was part owner of "Par 4" stables. The twinkle in his eyes, when able to beat the "odds" is indescribable. He was proud of attaining a hole-in-one, though Phil retired from golf years ago in favor of walks through his local Victoria, BC neighbourhood. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Roswitha, their daughters Tawnia and Emilie, and stepsons Chris, Mark and Michael. He is survived by sons Phil Jr. (Christa) and John (Katarina), daughters Kathryn and Heidi (Richard), and by his first wife Eleanor. Grandpa Phil is also survived by eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his older brothers George, Bernard and Joseph, and sister Frances. His family will miss his sharp wit, his big laugh, and his fondness for recounting stories. He passed his love for completing the Sunday crossword puzzles on to posterity. Despite his dislike for pomp and circumstance, his Funeral will be held on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Cathedral, 740 View Street, Victoria, B.C. Reception to follow at the Victoria Golf & Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any area Scotiabank branch, to be used to fund an RESP for the benefit of his youngest daughter, Emilie.

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Published in Calgary Herald on Nov. 26, 2009.
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November 30, 2009
Sorry to hear about uncle Phil my condolences to his family his brother George,s son John Kueber
November 30, 2009
Sorry to hear about uncle Phil my condolences to his family his brother George,s son John Kueber
John Kueber
November 29, 2009
Dear Roswitha, Emilie,Tawnia; we are saddened to hear of Phil's passing, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless!
Janice & Algis Grajauskas
November 29, 2009
Dear Kathryn
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Leo Rossetto and Son Marcus
November 28, 2009
Dear Rosita and girls; Sad to hear about Uncle Phil; our thoughts and prayers go out to you. It was great seeing Uncle Phil and family at the last 2 family functions.
Cyndi, Don, Brad and Bryan Brears
November 27, 2009
Dear Rosita and family,

Sorry to learn of your loss. Ginny and I will keep Phil in our prayers. I have such good memories of the old days. Thanks Phil.

Michael O'Brien-Kelly
November 27, 2009
Dear Tawnia,

I was saddened to learn of the loss of your father in recent days. Although you graduated almost a decade ago, you are still part of our Calgary Academy community and your loss was felt here by staff that remember you. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Yours truly,
Joanne Endacott
Director (Admissions)
Calgary Academy
November 27, 2009
Dear Rosita,
I cannot describe some great times I had with Phil over the years both socially and in business. He was one of a kind and I enjoyed his friendship.
Please accept my sympathy in your loss.
Blake Cassidy
November 26, 2009
Miss you Daddy dear, so so much.

Your loving daughter, Kathryn
Kathryn Kueber
November 26, 2009
Dear Roswitha.
We send you our deepest sympathy and love for you at this time. Our thoughts and prayers for Tawnia and Emilie. We are truely sorry for your loss.
Danko Family
November 26, 2009
Dear Kuebers:

I am saddened to hear of Phil's passing. So much good cheer and optimism. Phil was the first adult that I called "Phil" instead of "Mr.". That's just who he was. Comfortable, approachable,and friendly.

Phil provided me with support and guidance as a teenager that I definitely needed at that time. In reflecting on his transition I realize that I never really thanked him for that afterwards.

Thanks Phil.

Our father David was a good friend of Phil's. David spent his last several years in a nursing home. As far as I know Phil was the last of the old guard to remain in regular contact with our Dad through personal visits. God bless you Phil. Your light still shines.

Rosita, I am so sorry for your loss. My old friends Katherine, Phil, Heidi and John.......I'm sorry....
Geoff Smith
November 26, 2009
Dear Kueber Family,

With fond memory I will always value Phil's mentorship to me in business and in life. His spirit never waivered and he always talked so highly about his family, of which many members I got to know. I would often catch up with Phil during the Christmas holidays, and sadly this year I will not.
Jason Frame
November 26, 2009
Dear Rosita and family.
I was so shocked and saddened to read about Phil this morning. He was such a charming, witty, funny, compassionate and kind man who believed in me and took me under his wing early in my career. For that, I will be forever grateful.
Our many get togethers over the years, both professionally and socially, were always filled with laughter and fun. Phil was one of those few people a person meets in their lifetime who had an immediate and profound impact in the most positive way. I shall cherish that friendship always.
Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss Rosita.
David Stokes
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