March 15, 1942 – July 13, 2019
With profound sadness, we announce that Phil passed away peacefully on July 13, 2019, at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie, Ontario, after a short battle with leukemia.
Phil was predeceased by his beloved “Boog”â€”his wife, Birthe; infant daughter, Janet; parents, Martin and Ida Weiten; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Mike Wood; sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Charlie Allen; nephew, Mark Houle; Birthe’s parents, Jens and Johanne Hansen; and Birthe’s brother, Ejner Hansen.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his twin sister, Phyllis Houle (Gaston); daughter, Kellie Wieten (Ron Bertie); grandchildren, Nolan and Ethan; step-grandchildren, Joel (and his children) and Sylvana; son, Kevin Weiten (Kim Davidson); Birthe’s sister, Kirsten Wilkinson (Paul Stretch); and numerous other family members.
Phil was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. On February 14, 1959, he met Birthe Hansen (“the girl with the beautiful smile”) while playing spin-the-bottle at a get-together with mutual friends. They were married on June 9, 1962. They raised their family and continued to reside in the Cowichan Valley until 2005, when they moved to Innisfil to be closer to Kellie, who was just starting a family of her own. Their love for their grandchildren, like their love for Kellie, Kevin, and each other, was unconditional.
As a young man, Phil worked in the logging industry and in construction. In later years, and until his retirement, he worked for Pro Mac Manufacturing in Duncan.
Phil was quite the fisherman, spending countless hours with Kevin “trying to catch the big one,” and also spending some time ice fishing with his grandsons in Ontario. He was an avid sports fan (as was Birthe), and particularly enjoyed baseball and hockey. In his early twenties, he was offered an opportunity to try out with the Kansas City Royals, an offer he declined. For many years he played in the men’s recreational fastball league out of Waldon Park, and for a number of years he and Kevin played on the same (Duncan Elks) team. We will always remember the many ball tournaments, the after-tournament dances (and a few “dust-ups”), and one very memorable ball tournament in Bowser.
Phil was a long-time member of Elks Lodge #69 (Duncan) and held various positions on the Executive, including several terms as Exalted Ruler (or the “Grand Poobah” as Kim liked to call him). He will be remembered for his dedication and commitment to the Duncan Elks in their support of charitable causes.
Phil was a man who always spoke his mind, but he was also a very caring man, who gave generously of his time and was always there to lend a hand, wipe away a tear, or give you a hug just because he knew you needed one. We will miss him more than words can say.
No service by request.
“Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, forever dear.”
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