Philip Louis Williams
Philip Louis Williams – 77, of Kentville, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville. Born in Berwick, he was a son of the late Wilfred and Pauline (Amirault) Williams.
After high school, Philip joined the Army at the young age of 17, where he served for two years before sustaining an injury that forced him to be discharged. He returned home with a ring for his high school sweetheart and one true love, Loretta (Barnes) and they married in 1965. Philip then attended Mack Business College and did extremely well. He used these skills while working at Canard Poultry, CP Express and Kentville Publishing. He determined working in an office was not for him as his true passion was being in the outdoors. He was a jack of all trades, having been a truck driver, carpenter and painter, but above all else, he loved harvest time and especially looked forward to picking apples. Being an avid outdoorsman, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, yard work, being at the camp, going for walks and raising wildlife and animals. He especially loved watching the swallows nest every spring. Philip was an excellent cook, enjoyed playing cards, doing the jive, and singing. He was always making up little tunes to sing for his family to make them laugh. Philip was a devote Catholic, an active parishioner of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and a Forth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was an integral member of A.A. and was very involved with the program, guiding and helping many people throughout the membership. Philip was kind, patient and funny. You could always expect to hear a good story and get a few laughs whenever you were in his presence. Family was the most important aspect of Philip’s life and he never let a day go by without letting them know how proud he was of them and how much they were loved.
In addition to his wife, Loretta, he is survived by his daughters, Michele (Howard) Sherman and Tina Williams-Mosher (John Mosher); siblings, Robert (Maggie) Williams, Doris Pasley, Shirley (Gene) Samson, Yvonne (Walter) Martin and Mary (Joel) Heddington; beloved grandchildren, Darian Sherman, Taylor Mosher and Alex Mosher; siblings-in-law, Marilyn (Robert) Shaffner, Reginald "Reg" Barnes, Mary Buchanan and Richard Barnes; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Billy Williams at the age of five; parents-in-law, Herman "Short" and Loretta (Young) Barnes; brothers-in-law, Malcolm "Pace" Pasley, Arthur "Razz" Rasmusson and Barry Buchanan; and sisters-in-law, Rita Williams and Kym Barnes.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Robert Gunn, Dr. Michael Sinclair, the VON and homecare, Mike Derrick and the team at Clinic Pharmacy, the paramedics at EHS and the wonderful nurses and doctors at Valley Regional Hospital who supported Philip and the family with his care.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation by request. The funeral service, followed by a reception, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2023 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Father John MacPherson officiating. For those unable to attend, a video webcast will be available. Private family interment will take place in Serenity Gardens Cemetery, Centreville. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory may be made to the Fundy Interchurch Food Bank, Kentville or the Salvation Army. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. To view the video webcast and for on-line condolences or inquiries please visit: www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.