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In Loving Memory of

Lily Phillips (nee Tickle)

1933 - 2021

Obituary of Lily Phillips (nee Tickle)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Lily (née Tickle) after a courageous battle with Covid 19 at the St. Catharines General Hospital at the age of 87 on Monday, September 6, 2021.
Beloved wife of George (predeceased) for 55 years and a proud and loving mother to Mark (Colleen), Elizabeth & Joan (Lance) . Loving Grandmother to Christina (Patrick), Jessica (Chris), Jacob (Thaina) and Lynden (Emma). Loving Great grandmother (GG) to Olivia and Jackson.
Predeceased by her sister Joan (Jim) and brothers Peter (Joyce) and John, her parents Edward and Elizabeth Tickle and Great-Granddaughter Keira Marie. Survived by sister in law Beryl Tickle, nephews Jim, Paul (Sue), Martyn (Julie), nieces Debra and Alicia (Joe) and a great-niece Lauryn and two great-nephews, Joey and Jordan. Lily will be fondly remembered by close friends from her past and present.
Mom immigrated to Canada in 1955 to join our father and start a new life. From that, other family and friends joined us to start their life also in Canada. After staying home to help look after her family, Mom returned to the workforce and enjoyed working for Dr. Douglas Fernick for ten years.
Lily’s love for her family was first and foremost, her other loves were her beautiful gardens, of which she was truly proud, sewing, knitting, smocking and baking her delicious. Belgium and shortbread cookies. These made the celebration of holidays and events all the more memorable
A great debt is owed to Major Renee and the caring staff of Eventide Home where she befriended every person who crossed her path. She did call this her last home.
A special thanks to the staff of the St. Catharines General Hospital, Covid unit. Their efforts to help Mom battle Covid and be with her in her final moments are nothing less than heroic. (Thank you , Susan and Wendy). We are forever grateful.
They are to be admired for their selfless compassion and caring for others. Please thank these amazing people for what they deal with and do everyday.

As per our mothers’ request cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905) 354 2133. There is to be no service at this time.
A Celebration of Life is to be held at St. Andrews Church, Grimsby at a later date.
If desired, all donations may go to St. Andrews church in memory of past members George and Lily Phillips. Online condolences can be shared on Lily’s tribute page found at

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Mrs Maureen Farrington and Family
2 years ago

My heartfelt condolences go out to all the family of dear Lily, she was indeed a wonderful lady.
Along with her family, she welcomed my late husband, Tommy, and his good friend John ( Lily’s brother) to live with them when they first came to Canada in 1967 to make a home for us.
We all spent many happy years together at celebrations. Rest In Peace Lily,
My family and I send love to all your family at this sad time.

Catherine Cino (nee Ardell)
2 years ago

Dear neighbour’s, i have such fond memories of your mother, Mrs Phillips. As a kid growing up in our neighborhood parents like yours made our childhood safe and friendly. A cup a tea never tasted better than at your home on Craig Blvd. The memory of both your parents will live on in stories and conversation amongst our group. Sending love to you all at this terrible time of loss. Yet, I smile thinking of her reuniting with George!

Alicia Schoroth
2 years ago

My sincere condolences to my cousins Mark, Liz, Joan, Christina, Jessica, Jacob and family. Many of my fondest childhood memories were the happy times Dad took me to Aunty Lil’s & Uncle George’s house. I will never forget her gentle voice and demeanour. She was the epitome of kindness, compassion and generosity. I have so many fond memories of family gatherings, whether it was a big Christmas dinner or a Sunday afternoon visit. A conversation with her was like a warm hug. She held a very special place in my heart. She taught me and inspired my love for baking. and shared her treasured recipes. with me. Every time I make her Belgium Cookies, I think of her. I feel truly blessed to have had such a beautiful soul for an aunt, She truly was an angel; a one of a kind that I will miss dearly. May the happy memories and knowing you were blessed with such an incredible Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother give you comfort. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in Peace Aunty Lil.

Libby dabramo
2 years ago

To the Phillips family and especially my friend Liz Lily’s daughter my deepest sympathy. I was so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a very special lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her. She was very sweet to me and always welcomed me into her home.

Mary Aird
2 years ago

Our sincere condolences to Lily’s family. She lived life with grace and Love for her family. We will miss her, may she rest in peace. Sincerely Aird Family

Karen Maguure
2 years ago

Dear, Joan, Mark, & Liz, I was saddened to hear of Lily’s passing, I met Lily through Joan about 40 years ago and was welcomed into their home in Stoney Creek, sitting around the large kitchen table they made me feel like family and the rest is history over the years,. In your lifetime your fortunate to meet someone like Lily, never judgemental, kind, compassionate of others and her calm easy mannerisms. I will cherish her hand written recipe for her famous Belgium cookies, although they will never be as perfect as hers as they were made with love. Rest In Peace dear Lily.!❤️

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Major Renee
2 years ago

To Lily’s Family: We miss your mom so much here at Eventide. She was not here long enough but in the time she was – she left an imprint on the people she met. She was so interested in our lives it was like we were all her children and we felt her genuine love and care. I enjoyed my pastoral visits with her here and kneeling at her bedside or wheelchair and praying with her. She loved attending the chapel services and supporting the home in many ways – such a graceful lady. Thank you for sharing your mom with us. May God continue to give you strength and comfort through the memories yo have of your mom and knowing that God understands your grief.

Helen Flynn
2 years ago

Dear Liz, Christina, Mark, Joan and family. Our deepest condolences to the loss of Lily. Lily’s warmth, kindness and love for others was evident with each interaction – whether it be through past visits, calls or her consistent beautiful cards. She definitely made our world a better place. Cant forget her gingerbread houses and baking. My girls still speak of her empire cookies. She will be missed. Love Helen Flynn and family.

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Angela Ganshi
2 years ago

Lily was such a strong, kind hearted woman! Since I’ve known Christina she has welcomed me into her home, shared special moments, had amazing conversations, she truely was a wonderful woman who you could tell had so much love to give to her family! Seeing her at her great grandchildrens birthdays she just loved them so much! She was a blessing and my heart is with your entire family! She will be missed but has left some wonderful memories to remember her! I’m very sorry for your loss.

Beryl Tickle & family
2 years ago

Dear Mark, Elizabeth, Joan and families, words cannot express how much your dear mother will be missed. Your Uncle John always talked about how much he missed his sister “Lily” who lived in Canada. I had never met her, but after our marriage in England, I had to make the hardest decision of my life and agreed to emigrate. I never had any regrets because your dear mom turned out to be the most loving, kind, and thoughtful sister-in-law I could have wished for. She was also a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and I will cherish the memories of all the happy times our families had together. Forever in our hearts. Rest in Peace Lily.
Love Auntie Beryl

Doug Fernick
2 years ago

Deepest sympathy to Mark , Elizabeth and Joan . You mother was one of the kindest people I have ever known . Having known her since I was a young child of four I have many fine memories of her that I will cherish . Having spent much of my youth at the Phillips home ( as Mark was my best friend ) Lily always met me with a smile and a kind word , and amazing cakes and baked goods were always present for my enjoyment . When I opened my Optometry clinic in 1982 I asked her if she she would be interested in being my receptionist . She was wonderful to myself and the patients , and she helped me immensely to build my practice for ten great years . 29 years later patients still ask about her . She made a very positive impact on everyone who met her , leaving many people with very fond memories of her . She will be missed 🙏🙏


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