PHILLIPS, Paul Richard, Lt(N) (Ret’d), CD, RCN-Sea Log, RCLS

Paul, age 92, passed away 4 April 2024 at Halifax, NS.

Paul was predeceased by his partner Marina. He leaves his former wife, Rosemarie; daughters, Paulette Phillips (Michael Buchannan) Toronto, Cynthia Phillips, Halifax, and Natalie Phillips (Richard Roberts) Montreal, stepchildren in Halifax, Rob (Colleen) and Karla Ivimey; and grandchildren, Diego Phillips Shea, Lucca Phillips-Roberts, and Maggie, Alex, and Thomas Ivimey

At 17 he found his calling, leaving school for the Canadian Navy. Paul served on many ships including HMCS La Hulloise (first and favorite), Magnificent, Restigouche, Annapolis, Bonaventure, Protecteur, Fraser, and Assiniboine.

 He married Rosemarie (nee Metzler; Halifax) in 1954. They had three daughters and lived a naval family life, moving between Halifax, Montreal, Victoria, Saint John, and Bermuda, making wonderful friends. They always returned to Halifax, home base. Paul took his officer’s commission in 1969. He was frequently at sea, with service in Egypt, Cyprus, and the Canadian Arctic.

 In retirement, Paul spent happy years with partner, Marina Ivimey and her family who provided invaluable support in his later years. Paul was easy-going and well-loved. He was an avid reader, with a dry sense of humor passed on to his daughters. He served as the performance liaison for the Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Paul was an enthusiastic athlete who played hockey, football, squash, golf, and skiing and refereed university football. He volunteered at the Veterans’ Memorial Hospital, bringing Tattoo, his beloved golden retriever. 

There will be a private gathering for family.

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