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Dr. W.G. Carlyle Phillips
August 26, 1934 - August 6, 2016
Phillips, Dr. Carlyle, passed away in his 82nd year on August 6th, 2016 at home in Halifax, surrounded by family, love and music. Carlyle was born in Arlington, PEI on July 26th, 1934, the son of the late William and Dorothea (Rodd) Phillips. After grade school in Arlington, Carlyle attended Summerside High, Prince of Wales College and then Dalhousie University where he graduated in Medicine in 1961. Following graduation, he did general practice in Halifax, initially with his brother Ralph. After 2 ½ years Carlyle relocated and opened his own practice in Halifax. In 1973 he joined the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine as a full time faculty member working as a teacher. He continued to practice family medicine until he retired in 1993. During a sabbatical in 1990-91, Carlyle studied palliative medicine in London, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. He returned to Halifax and was instrumental in establishing the Palliative Care Program at The Victoria General Hospital. He practiced this specialty until retirement in 1999. He was an active member in the St. Andrew’s United Church, The Canadian College of Family Physicians (provincially and nationally), and The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. Carlyle often reflected on the satisfaction he enjoyed from providing patient care and teaching student doctors for 38 years. He felt very privileged to have had the opportunity to be involved in the care of people at both ends of the life cycle - delivering babies and later bringing comfort to the dying. In 1994 he recognized a need for a guide for symptom management for physicians who care for dying cancer patients. In 2000 he published “Comfort Care,” Palliative Care Symptom Management of Cancer Patients, A Guide for Physicians. Carlyle loved his family and was very devoted to them. He formed wonderful memories and was happiest at the family summer home in Stanley Bridge, PEI. He loved music, photography, trout fishing, golfing, gardening and barbequing. He enjoyed singing with the St Andrew’s Church men’s choir, “The Him Singers”, The Morden Mountain Music Group and The Dalhousie Medical School Choral. He was a member of Ashburn Golf Club (Halifax), Anderson’s Creek Golf Club (Stanley Bridge, PEI), Phi Rho Sigma Medical Fraternity and Alpha Omega Alpha Honour Medical Society. Carlyle is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia “Ginny” (Coffin); four children, Brigham (Briar Boake) Toronto, Bruce (Karen) Truro, Michael (Emma Burton) Bracebridge, Ontario and Heather (David Rasmussen) Halifax; grandchildren, Alyssa, Julia, Joanna, Ramona, Molly, Cali and Linden; sisters, Edna (late Archie) MacGregor (Lakeside) and Carolyn (Gary) Ross (Ajax, Ontario). Besides his parents, Carlyle was predeceased by siblings, George, Ralph, Wendell, Eleanor Gates and Gwendolyn Matthew. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Home 6552 Bayers Rd, Halifax. A celebration of Carlyle’s life will take place September 10th at 11am in St. Andrew’s United Church (corner of Coburg Rd and Robie St) where a reception will follow. Family flowers only. Donations in memory may be made to St. Andrew’s United Church or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made by visiting The Halifax chapel at www.atlanticfuneralhomes.com