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Decker; Philip Ralph

Posted By Obits On February 17, 2015 @ 4:33 pm In Obituaries | 67 Comments


Philip Ralph Decker, 75 of Brooklyn
It is with sad hearts , after a brief illness with cancer, the family announce the passing of Philip Ralph Decker at Queens General Hospital on February 13th, 2015.
Born on February 4 , 1940 in Brooklyn, he was the only son of the late Alexander and Mary ( Nesbitt ) Decker.
In Philip’s younger years, he sailed on the ” Rover ” for Markland Shipping Co. He was a professional deep sea diver, returning to Brooklyn and marrying his wife of 46 years. He worked and retired from Bowater Mersey Paper Co. He enjoyed growing rhododendrons from tissue culture and selling them. His passion was playing bridge and going to tournaments. He was 12.35 points from achieving silver life master and was a member of the American Contract Bridge League. Philip and his wife owned and operated Scotian Gift Shop, Brooklyn, and MacDonald’s Second Hand and Antique Store in Milton.
He is survived by his wife ,Rose Mary (Fralic ), son Bradley (Jennifer), Fort St. John, B.C. ,Granddaughters Sydney, Kelsey, Fort St. John, B C. Mother, Mary Bridgewater, sister Vernelle Bonertz , Valleyview, Alberta , A special family, Greg and Nancy Prendergast, Sydney , Jessica Prendergast , Waterloo, Ontario.,Christina. Prendergast , Sydney , as well as many nieces , nephews , and cousins .
He was predeceased by his brother in law Larry Bonertz, Valleyview Alberta.
At Philip’s request, there will be no funeral, however, there will be a committal at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Queens General Hospital Foundation Fund. Box 528 Liverpool Nova Scotia B0T 1K0. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com.

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Condolence from Ken MacAulay on February 17th, 2015 5:09 pm

Rose, Bradley and Family:
Our sincere condolences. Philip will be sadly missed.

Ken & Stu

Condolence from Katherine Archibald on February 17th, 2015 5:24 pm

Rose and family .So sorry to hear of Phillips passing ,He was a great man and I always got a kick out of him , I enjoyed my years working with him ..He had many talents and wood bowl making was one that I always enjoys waiting to see the next one he would bring to show me . Many a story we shared .. Sympathy’s go to you Rose and all your family .Katherine .

Condolence from Robert & Sally Fader on February 17th, 2015 5:24 pm

Rose & family:

We are so sorry to read of Phillip’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

Condolence from Nancy Spinks Kuffel on February 17th, 2015 6:45 pm

Rose Mary, Mary, Vernelle and all the family,
So sorry to read about Phillip. thoughts and prayers for all of you during this sad time.
Nancy Spinks Kuffel

Condolence from Shirley & Paul Shot on February 17th, 2015 7:14 pm

Dear Rose and family: We are extending deepest sympathy to Phillip’s family and friends at this time of loss. Loved ones always remain in your heart and in your memory; that is a treasure you will never lose.

Condolence from Gordon Eisnor on February 17th, 2015 7:28 pm

Rose and Family:Sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing.Sincere condolences extended to all his family.

Condolence from freda- jim norman on February 17th, 2015 7:46 pm

rose and brad so very sad to hear of phillips passing we will miss having coffee at tim’s and listening to his jokes

Condolence from Walter and Sherri Miller on February 17th, 2015 7:52 pm

Rose,Bradley and Vernelle,we are so sorry to hear of Philip’s passing,I will always remember the visits I had in your home!they were good times and full of laughter?our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this sad time,he will certainly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.keep him in your thoughts for ever.

Condolence from Vicki and Scott Conrad on February 17th, 2015 8:15 pm

Dear Rose and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all during this sad time. Take care of yourselves and keep close all of the wonderful memories you have.
Vicki and Scott Conrad

Condolence from Sharon and Tony Vella on February 17th, 2015 8:34 pm

Rose and family, please accept our condolences for your loss at this very sad time.

Condolence from Rika Bolivar on February 17th, 2015 8:34 pm

sorry for your loss, he was always an interesting conversation at coffee and the riverbank i will miss him

Condolence from Barb and Brian Fralic on February 17th, 2015 8:37 pm

Rose and Family,
Sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.
Barb and Brian

Condolence from Barb Meredith on February 17th, 2015 8:40 pm

Dear Rosemary and Family – as you know, I considered Phillip part of my family, too. I will miss him. You are in my prayers as you have been for some time during his illness. Love, Barb

Condolence from Fred and Wendy Wamboldt on February 17th, 2015 8:46 pm

Rose and family,
So sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you all. Our prayers go out to you all at this most difficult time. Take care….. thinking of you.

Fred and Wendy

Condolence from Sherry Anthony on February 17th, 2015 9:58 pm

Hi Rosemary and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing. I know you will miss him very much. I was happy to be able to visit with you this past August when I was home and catch up. But my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this difficult time. Thinking of you…
Sherry and family

Condolence from Zona Hatt on February 18th, 2015 12:07 am

Dear Rose,
Stephen and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed each year when he would walk me through his garden which he was so proud of and rightly so. I envied his green thumb—each summer as his garden begins to bloom you will know that he is with you.
God bless you and your family.
Zona and Stephen

Condolence from Bev Stewart on February 18th, 2015 2:07 am

Rose, I am so sorry to hear of Phillip’s death; please know that I am thinking of you as you continue life’s journey without him. He was very lucky to have your constant support and encouragement as you faced these last difficult months together and fought the good fight.

With sincere sympathy, Bev

Condolence from Murray Roy Barkhouse on February 18th, 2015 8:30 am

Dear Rose,

My heartfelt sympathy for the death of your husband Phil. As you know, Phil and I played in many bridge tournaments together and I played with him when he obtained his life master. I enjoyed Phil’s great sense of humour and his determination to do well in playing bridge. He and I used to discuss the stock market and he always had a hot tip for me. He was a wonderful bridge companion. Murray

Condolence from Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett on February 18th, 2015 8:38 am

Our sincere condolences to Rose & family, also Mary and Vernelle. Phillip will be missed. God Bless the whole family. Linda & Curtis

Condolence from Jane Payzant on February 18th, 2015 9:35 am

Dear Rose and Bradley,
There are no words to express sorrow. My prayers are with you. We met Phillip over 20 years ago when he sold us our first rhodendrons.

Condolence from Donna Denison on February 18th, 2015 10:27 am

Rose, so sorry to read of Philip’s passing. We had many a good laughs with him at the Credit Union dinners. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. – Donna

Condolence from Paul and Shirley Neals on February 18th, 2015 10:32 am

Rose and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Phil was a very vibrant person with a quick wit and had a wonderful humor. God bless you all with peace and comfort, Phil will be missed by so many.

Condolence from George & Pat Fralic on February 18th, 2015 10:54 am

The Decker family….

So sorry to hear of Philip’s recent passing….our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time…..

George & Pat

Condolence from Vicki Roach on February 18th, 2015 11:34 am

Rose and family,

so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. I knew him all my life growing up in Brooklyn and always enjoyed talking to him when we worked at the mill. He always had something funny to say. …my deepest condolences.

Condolence from David Whynott of mersey point on February 18th, 2015 12:01 pm

To all of Phillips family I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure he will be sadly missed but not forgotten by many.

Condolence from Leon & Norma Robertson on February 18th, 2015 12:18 pm

Rose, we are so sorry to read of your sadness. Thoughts and prayers at this time to all your Family. He will be missed by the coffee crowd at Tim’s Horton..Hugs to all.

Condolence from Jean Strum on February 18th, 2015 12:29 pm

Dear Rose:

I was so sorry to read of Phillip’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
Having gone to school with Phillip I will always remember him as the big joker because he was always playing jokes and making us laugh.

Condolence from Barb and Lorne Redmond on February 18th, 2015 1:42 pm

Rose and family:

Our deepest condolences on the loss of such a nice man. Always
friendly and approachable. We will always remember those special qualities.

Condolence from Geraldine williams on February 18th, 2015 2:44 pm

To the Decker Family:
Sincere sympathy on the loss of your dear loved one.
May God comfort your hearts with His presence and peace.

Condolence from Tim McDonald on February 18th, 2015 3:09 pm

Rose and family
So sorry to hear of Philip’s passing. My sincere condolences to you at this very sad time.

Condolence from Dot and Fred Lohnes on February 18th, 2015 3:17 pm

Dear Rose and family, So sorry for your loss Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all Dot & Fred Take Care

Condolence from Bea DeLong on February 18th, 2015 3:45 pm

Dear Rose, Bradley & Family …..So sorry for your loss. Just last week I was reading a diary that Lanny had written when he and Phillip were diving……many years ago. My Deepest Sympathy to you all at this sad time. Take Care, Bea

Condolence from Richard Comeau on February 18th, 2015 5:14 pm

Wonderful man and neighbor. So sorry for your loss.
My sympathy.

Condolence from Marjorie & Paul F. on February 18th, 2015 5:27 pm

Rose, Mary, Vernelle and family
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sadness and loss.

Condolence from Dawn and Gary Roberton on February 18th, 2015 5:46 pm

Rose, Bradley and family,

So sorry for your loss, Thinking of you at this time.

Condolence from David Whynot on February 18th, 2015 6:16 pm

Dear Rose and family I am very sorry to hear of Philip,s passing my thoughts and prayer,s are with you and your family

Condolence from Sheila D. Smith on February 18th, 2015 6:31 pm

My sincere condolences to Rose, Bradley and Vernelle on your loss. His passing leaves another void in the community as well.


Condolence from Mary Harris on February 18th, 2015 7:39 pm

Sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences at this difficult time to the family of Philip Decker and Mother Mary.

Mary Harris (Seaside Bridge Club)

Condolence from Deb Chuck Sponagle -Taylor on February 18th, 2015 8:10 pm

Rose and Family we were heart broken hearing this news. God Bless you all and Rose feel my hug..for you are the World to me, I love you ..you are Mom to me , not age but memories xoxox’s God bless you and keep you strong at this very very hard time.
Deb and Chuck

Condolence from Philip and Holly Smith on February 18th, 2015 8:56 pm

Please accept our deepest condolences. as you experience the loss of Phil. We will be thinking of you at this sad time.

Condolence from Kenny on February 18th, 2015 9:19 pm

Very sorry to hear of Phillips passing.I worked with him and he was always good for a chuckle. Very witty. I definatly will always remember him for the laughs he provided.Great guy.

Condolence from Lannie and Judy Francis on February 18th, 2015 10:35 pm

Rose and family, sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing. You are in our thoughts.

Condolence from Jim Peach on February 19th, 2015 1:16 am

Phil was always ready to stop & chat, & you always got a laugh before it was over. my deepest condolences to the Family. May God give you the family the comfort you need to get through this time of sorrow. 🙁

Condolence from Susan MacLeod on February 19th, 2015 8:11 am

Rose and Bradley: I am so sorry to hear that Philip has passed. My sincere condolences.

Condolence from Bernie Swain on February 19th, 2015 9:34 am

I have enjoyed playing bridge over quite a few years both with and against Phil. He was an accomplished player and always an enjoyable person to be with. I am saddened at his loss and send my condolences to you, Rose.

Condolence from George & Carolyn Parnel on February 19th, 2015 10:41 am

Sending our sincere sympathy to the familly; our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Phyllis and Yorke Tutty on February 19th, 2015 12:44 pm

Rose and family,
So sorry to hear of Philip’s passing. Please accept out deepest
condolences. Take care.

Condolence from Peggy Kelley on February 19th, 2015 2:38 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Condolence from Ronnie and Barbara Burns on February 19th, 2015 5:22 pm

Rose and Family,
How sad to know that Phillip has lost his fight. May God give you the comfort and strength to get through this difficult time. Sharing wonderful memories with family and friends will keep him close.
Our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Doug and Lin Lucier on February 19th, 2015 7:25 pm

Rosemary and family, so very sorry about Phillip. He will be a huge loss to you. Know we are thinking of you with sincere deep sympathy

Condolence from Edith and Robert Cerovich on February 19th, 2015 7:41 pm

May family and friends surround you and love give you strength at this time. Thinking of you!

Condolence from Bob and Karen Barnes on February 19th, 2015 10:54 pm

Dear Mrs. Decker and Family,
Bob and I send our sincere condolences to you in your time of sorrow. Bob always enjoyed his chats with Philip. May God comfort and keep you in the coming days.

Condolence from Marion and Gerry Robar on February 19th, 2015 11:28 pm

Dear Rosemary; We are deeply saddened to hear of Philip’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a very special person to us and we will always hold dear the memories we have of him. Our sincere condolences Gerry and Marion

Condolence from Gary and Donna Jollimore on February 20th, 2015 1:05 am

Rose and Family: Gary and I are deeply sorry to read of Philip`s passing. Keep your memories close to give you comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Our sincere condolences. Gary and Donna.

Condolence from carol( Neily )Gregory on February 20th, 2015 2:53 pm

Vernelle…so sorry to read of the passing of your brother.l didn’t realize your husband had died..my sympathy to you &your family.we lost Mom almost 2 weeks ago,would have been 94 in May. You have been in my thoughts this past week

Condolence from Jane (Colp) Hansen on February 20th, 2015 4:33 pm

Dear Rose
Thinking of you, I know this has been difficult. Stay strong.

Condolence from george& christine[nickerson] sabin on February 20th, 2015 5:46 pm

Vernelle sorry to hear of Phillip passing.i didn’t know your husband had died.give my love to your mother. CHRISTINE

Condolence from Lorne Wilson on February 21st, 2015 1:09 am

Rose and Family, Phil made us all laugh and he had a great big heart. So sorry to hear of his passing, my deepest condolences!

Condolence from Vaughn & Eleanor West on February 21st, 2015 10:55 am

Dear Rose & Bradley – so sorry to learn of Phil’s passing. Remember the days he and Vaughn would ” get together “, he coined the phrase when we were all in the same business ” Black & Decker” something we still laugh about. God be with you and remember the ‘GOOD’ times.

Condolence from Brenda Lawrence /Jim Hubley on February 21st, 2015 8:19 pm

To The Decker Family
So sorry to hear that Phillip passed.
He loved to have conversations .
He will be missed by all who knew
him . Hold onto the memories.
Sincere sympathy . Brenda and

Condolence from Val Conrad on February 22nd, 2015 11:40 am

Rose Mary and family – I’m sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Marion Seamone on February 22nd, 2015 3:05 pm

So sorry to hear of Phillip’s passing, my condolences to all…

Condolence from Bruce and Edith Dauphinee on February 24th, 2015 7:59 pm

Rose Mary and Family…
So sorry for your loss. Sending our heartfelt condolences to the family.

Condolence from Fred Giffin on February 28th, 2015 3:14 pm

Sincere condolences to Rose and family on the passing of Philip. We will always remember his unique sense of humor.

Condolence from Belinda and Clarke on February 28th, 2015 9:18 pm

Rose and Family,so sorry to hear of Phillips passing.We all enjoyed our coffee etc. at Tim,s on a regular basis.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.God Bless

Condolence from Greg Golden on March 3rd, 2015 11:30 am

Rose and Bradley, I am very saddened to hear of Phillip’s passing. Mom and Dad always spoke highly of Phillip and in her later years Mom loved to see the flowering trees and shrubs as she walked by or drove by your property. I remember standing in front of your home waiting for the bus to the high school and if it was raining Phillip always came to the door and motioned for us to stand on your porch, out of the rain. That kindness was always appreciated! Please accept my sincere condolences. Greg Golden

Condolence from Richard and Bill Barclay on March 30th, 2015 8:52 am

I was very surprised to hear of Phil’s passing. Bill and I played bridge with and against Phil for many years. Sitting with him was always entertaining. Our condolences to the family.

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