Premier re­mem­bers Melfort MLA

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - FRONT PAGE - D.C. FRASER

REGINA Friends and col­leagues were “shocked and sad­dened” by the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Kevin Phillips, Premier Brad Wall said.

The Melfort MLA died Mon­day at the age of 63, the Saskatchewan gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Tues­day. The death was “com­pletely with­out warn­ing,” Wall said in a state­ment.

“All of Kevin’s friends and col­leagues are shocked and sad­dened by his sud­den and un­ex­pected pass­ing,” Wall said, not­ing Phillips was “back in Regina (Mon­day), get­ting ready for an­other week of do­ing what he loved to do — rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of Melfort in the Assem­bly.”

The Saskatchewan Party MLA is sur­vived by his wife, four chil­dren and sev­eral grand­chil­dren.

First elected to the leg­isla­tive assem­bly in 2011 and re­elected in 2016, Phillips was serving in the leg­isla­tive assem­bly as deputy whip for the gov­ern­ment side.

Dur­ing his time as an MLA, he played an ac­tive role in get­ting a new do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ter built for his com­mu­nity. It was the first new shel­ter of its kind opened in the prov­ince since 1989.

Be­fore be­com­ing an MLA, Phillips was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Melfort busi­ness com­mu­nity. He was a part­ner in the Melfort Jour­nal for more than 25 years and sat on the board of the Cana­dian Com­mu­nity News­pa­per As­so­ci­a­tion.

Phillips also had served as the mayor of Melfort, the pres­i­dent of the Kins­men Club and a chair­man of the Melfort school divi­sion.

Flags at the Saskatchewan leg­is­la­ture were low­ered to half staff in his hon­our.

GOV­ERN­MENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

Melfort MLA Kevin Phillips’ seat in the Saskatchewan leg­is­la­ture is shown Tues­day, one day af­ter he died.

MICHAEL BELL

A book of con­do­lence was set up in the ro­tunda of the Leg­isla­tive Build­ing in Regina for the fam­ily of Melfort MLA Kevin Phillips, who died “com­pletely with­out warn­ing” Mon­day at the age of 63.

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