It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Phillip Jacka on December 10th, 2020 at the age of 74.
Phillip was born in the sub-district of Rhymney in the County of Monmouth, Wales on March 18, 1946. He was born to Edwin and Ethel, being the youngest of three children, brother Ian and sister Beryl. At the age of 10 he and his family moved to Canada where he completed his education and started working in the Insurance industry.
In 1970, living in Ontario he married Leila and they had two children, Lennard Duane and Elain Maryellen. Soon after having their second child, they moved out West to Alberta where he continued his career in insurance, building strong relationships and having much success.
Phillip will be forever remembered with love by his son, Duane; daughter, Elain; son-in-law, Rodrigo; grandson, Javert; his brother, Ian; and sister-in-law, Elisabete; as well as his sister Beryl. Throughout the years many came to think of Phillip as dad, he was always so honoured to have so many adopted kids.
Dad made a big impression on the people that he met throughout his life either by teaching at university, through his career, coaching his children in both hockey and soccer, and especially around the Arabian horse competitions (one of his biggest passions). He was a true animal lover, devoted father, and a true friend.
What goes through many people’s hearts when thinking about Dad, is somebody that would go out of his way to help anyone no matter if he knew them or not. He would do so by either rolling up his sleeves to fix something, being there to lend a shoulder or give some advice, or by donating every year to the several associations that were close to his heart. Among some of the charities he donated to each year were The Children’s Stollery Hospital, Adopt a Teen, The Canadian Cancer Society and the University of Alberta.
The last 3 years of his life will be remembered the most by the devotion that he had towards his grandson Javert. Grandpa Phil loved to take care, cuddle, kiss, play and tuck him into bed each night. The light and love shared between the two of them was unlike any other.
Phil is now joining his parents Edwin and Ethel and enjoying a gallop across a field on Mover with Zory galloping beside (the first two horses that joined our family).
Dad you are forever in our hearts, we love you
Serenity Funeral Service Leduc (780.980.3688)