BOYLE, Philip Frances

Phil died peacefully on April 23, 2022. He is survived by his wife Sandra, his children, Sean (Danielle), Jacki (Phill), Marcella, and his grandson Jacob.

Phil is remembered as a joyful, fun-loving comedian who always had a song or a quip for any occasion.

Phil was born June 13, 1931, in St. Helens, Merseyside, England, the youngest of eleven children. He left school early to support his family but later, put himself through teachers’ college. His first teaching job was at St. Edward’s College. In 1961, Phil travelled to Canada to teach with Northland School Division in Grouard, Alberta where he made many life-long friends and met his first wife with whom he had two children, Sean, and Jacqueline.

Phil and family spent time living in both Canada and New Zealand, Barrhead and Whanganui figuring prominently in their lives. He was active in local musical theatre in both countries, often stealing the show with his wit and stage presence. In 1984, Phil moved back to Canada. He taught in Manitoba and Alberta before accepting a job with Alberta Education’s Native Education Project in 1986. Through this job, he met Sandra, they were married in 1989 and had their daughter Marcella. After “43 years at the chalk face” PFB retired in 1997 to be a stay-at-home Dad and Suzuki parent. The next many years were filled with love, travel, and adventures. Phil’s children travelled to be with their dad and Sandra as his health declined in the last week and his amazing life was celebrated with memories, laughter, tears and music.

Cremation has taken place.

Phil had genuine humour and empathy, positively influencing countless people throughout his remarkable life. He loved and was loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Sharon K Adams

I am so sorry to hear that we have lost Phil, a wonderful gentleman who could always provide a quip that made me smile.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

John & Marilynne Darroch

So sorry to hear of Phil’s passing and condolences to Sandra and family. Have many fond memories of our time in Barrhead during the mid 80’s when I was Principal of Barrhead Elem and Phil was on staff at the nearby Lorne Jenkin H.S. Marilynne and I enjoyed Phil when we were part of the “Hello Dolly” local drama presentation and worked with Phil. And who can forget those dinners Harvey Treleaven organized for “‘…his boys…” as part of the annual CASS/AB Ed. spring conference in Edm. The world was a better place with folks like Phil in it.

Jennifer Head


I was so sorry to read about the death of your husband. I remember meeting him at a benefit for the Lurana Shelter. He was very friendly and nice.

My condolences to you and your daughter.

Jennifer Head

ralph sabey

I will miss Phil. He has been my friend an colleague for the past 61 years!! I wish for the best for Sandra and family.

ralph sabey

I am sad to learn of Phil’s leaving us. He has been good friend for the past 60 years. I wish the best for Sandra and the family. Ralph

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