Philip Lefebure 1931-2017
A Life Well Lived
Anecdote for Phil Lefebure
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a beloved man – husband, father, grand father and one of the most kind and gentle souls.
Phil is survived by his wife, Pauline, and their three children – Laura (Frank), Diane (Jim), Christine (Rod) and four grandchildren – Brian (Carolyn), Dustin (Sharren), Matt (Rana), Jillian and Phil’s brother, Vern. He is predeceased by brother Dennis; sisters Rita & Norma.
Phil leaves behind a very loving extended family and many lifelong friends. Phil was a person anyone would love to call their friend – and many did. He was inspiring, funny and motivated; living his life to its fullest every day with a positive attitude that will forever be remembered by those who knew him. In fact, Phil was full of energy and always on the move throughout his life. As a young man he played soccer in men’s leagues, 10-Pin league bowling for many years and Tennis too – he was the President of the Coquitlam Tennis Club.
Phil worked for the Vancouver Weather Office for 38 years. After retirement he and Pauline took up lawn bowling and enjoyed competing locally across the Lower Mainland. Phil was quite proud of his contribution and work on the tram restoration with the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society.
Over the past 20 years Phil was an active participant in track and field as a member of the Greyhounds, he set multiple Canadian records for his age groups at the BC Senior Games – most recently bringing home a silver and gold medal at the 2016 Senior Games.
Phil was a supportive father and grandfather whose selflessness knew no boundaries. He loved classical and jazz music, Broadway tunes like Phantom of the Opera and trivia – the man knew more random facts than anyone and could recall them with great clarity (sometimes too much clarity and his stories were well-known to take some time!) Phil loved to play card games and there are so many great memories and more stories of fun times around the dining table with drinks, cards, family, friends and laughter.
Phil was thrilled and so very proud to attend two weddings in 2016 – his daughter Christine in April and grandson Brian in August. He danced up a storm at both and even sang a few notes of ‘Moon River’ to wild applause and laughter. Socializing, parties, family events – anytime, anywhere – Phil was ready to offer a kind word, fun anecdote or supportive gesture; in a word he was generous – with his time, spirit and goodwill. Beloved by family, strangers and animals – Phil’s kindness and enthusiasm for life was contagious. He inspired his family to come together for all occasions – and they will continue to honor Phil by keeping his memory alive.
Celebration of Life for Phil will be held at the Family Home in Langley (4874 241st Street)on Sunday March 5th @ 1pm onwards.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.