Phil’s Legacy

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - Lisa But­ler Gan­der

My strong­est mem­o­ries are of shop­ping carts

You used to push them back to their right­ful place. Ev­ery­one knew you, even back then

As a child I re­mem­ber your friendly, smil­ing face.

Folks of­ten heard you be­fore they saw you

Your voice fa­mil­iar to so many. You looked for jobs and earned your keep

Work­ing hard and sav­ing every penny.

I re­mem­ber see­ing you on a pedal bike and a mo­tor­bike some­times too. Pulling a lawn mower – on a mis­sion

You al­ways had some­thing to do.

Speak­ing to ev­ery­one you passed by

Al­ways a word or two to say. Some­thing about the weather for sure or sim­ply “What are you doin’ to­day?”

It’s hard to know what to say to those now left be­hind. There’s no com­fort for aching hearts

Or cure for griev­ing minds.

In this town known for com­pas­sion and love

You ex­em­pli­fied it and so much more.

Phil, you were such a spe­cial man

Who we all, in the purest form, adored.

There was no one like you my friend,

And a piece of us all died with you.

Yours was a spirit in true hu­man­ity

A heart of gold through and through.

As you rest in peace in the arms of an­gels

We will hon­our your life and your legacy.

Thank you for teach­ing us how to live

With grace, ac­cep­tance and gen­uine hu­mil­ity.

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