DRINNAN, Philip Her­bert Parry

Conwy, North Wales

The Victoria Standard - - Obituaries -

Once upon a time in a far­away vil­lage sur­rounded by stone walls 30 feet tall, lived a boy whose play­ground was Conwy Cas­tle in North Wales. His name was Philip Her­bert Parry (Drinnan). He lost his fa­ther, Her­bert Parry in a cy­cling ac­ci­dent. A few years later, at the age of nine, his mother, Mar­jorie Parry (Smith) Drinnan and adop­tive fa­ther, Roy Drinnan, with em­ploy­able knowl­edge in oys­ters, took the fam­ily through Pier 21 to set­tle in Bide­ford, P.E.I. Philip was al­ways on the wa­ter, which led him to be­come a sail­ing in­struc­tor in his teens. A true pi­o­neer to the aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try, his in­her­ited knowl­edge of oys­ters and pas­sion for de­vel­op­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, led him to be in the ear­li­est com­mer­cial aqua­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment in Canada in 1972, with Cape Bre­ton Marine Farm­ing in Vic­to­ria County. Years later, he went on from there to start his own busi­ness, Loch Bras D'or Salmon Farm in Buck­law. Philip very much cared about and be­lieved in the com­mu­nity of Way­cobah, in which he es­tab­lished a fish farm, hatch­ery, pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity and fishing boats as Di­rec­tor of Fish­eries & Nat­u­ral Re­sources. Few may have known of his nat­u­ral tal­ent for mu­sic that of­ten had him play­ing pi­ano or pick­ing away at the gui­tar, his skills to do any house im­prove­ment needed and his abil­ity to do the moon­walk.

Ev­ery chance he got he was ex­plor­ing the beaches of Unama'ki with his love of 25 years, Jac­que­line (Bernard) Drinnan. Though know­ing his life was near an end, he re­marked how lucky he felt, lucky to have had so much love from fam­ily, in-laws, nieces and neph­ews, cousins back in Wales, co-work­ers present and past, his chil­dren, Michael (Stephanie) Drinnan, Claire (Lav­erne) Drinnan in Bad­deck, A.J. (Katie) Bernard in Wag­mat­cook, Greg (Kaylee) Hart in Yar­mouth, Wil­liam Francis Roy Drinnan and Cen­wyn Her­bert Parry Drinnan in Aberdeen; his grand­chil­dren, Owen and Annabella Drinnan, Alexan­der John, Jen­son and Kings­ley Bernard and Brody and Valentin Hart; his sib­lings, Gareth (Cyn­thia) pre­de­ceased in Bad­deck, Mal­colm (Evie) in Jed­dore, Faith (Don­ald) in Tata­m­agouche and Roy (Re­nee) in Pug­wash. Philip passed away at the Vic­to­ria County Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Bad­deck on Dec. 3, 2018, at the age of 70. A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held in Aberdeen this sum­mer. Words of com­fort can be sent to the fam­ily at www.syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel.ca or e-mail syd­neymemo­ri­[email protected]­pa­tico.ca

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