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Charles Gordon Phillips


September 20, 1930

Detroit, Michigan


June 25, 2022

Petrolia, Ontario



It is with great sadness that the family of Charlie announce his passing on June 25, 2022, at Fiddicks Nursing Home in Petrolia, ON. Charlie was born September 20, 1930, in Detroit, MI but lived most of his life in the Sarnia area. He served five years in the US army as a young adult. In retirement, he reconnected with his army buddies and had many fun and enjoyable reunions with them. Charlie’s working years included stints with CN Railroad, Polysar as a Stationary Engineer and in the construction industry as a Pipefitter / Steamfitter with Local 663. He eased into retirement by applying his stationary engineering skills at the Sarnia Jail. Charlie was a lifelong learner who enjoyed books and crossword puzzles and could always be counted on to listen well and provide sage advice and wise counsel in his quiet, steady way when asked. He was an accomplished handyman who could repair anything and built a family cottage and numerous other projects. The cottage, named the “Charlabo’, became the gathering place for many treasured memories for all family members for years, which included long walks, swimming in the lake and campfires. He is remembered by his spouse and loving partner of 29 years, Rose Lanning. He was a devoted father to his three daughters, Bonnie Knowles of Sarnia; Laurie Palozzi (Nick) of Toronto, ON; Charlene Bleijerveld (Jeff) of Columbia City, IN. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the caring support provided to Charlie by the staff at Fiddicks Nursing Home. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The Alzheimers Society of Sarnia-Lambton. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Charles Guestbook” at Arrangements are entrusted to McCormack Funeral Home, Sarnia.

Visitation & Services

No Visitation

Celebration of Life

At a later date.


Lakeview Cemetery


Cheques only please,
will be received at the funeral home


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Family Memories

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Sleep well Charlie. Thanks for the memories, as my long-time friend and brother-in-law- Gord Laird

Dear Cousins, Bonnie, Laurie and Charlene....Our deepest of sympathies to all of you in the passing of your Dad. Forever and always he will be my Uncle Charlie. I have fond memories of the times spent at the Cottage. His quiet, yet very funny nature made those memories special. He was always willing to join in....making others feel very welcome and helping to play a trick or two. I will always remember the time we all dressed up as 'hillbillies' to meet Bonnie's boyfriend. I won't ever forget his fabulous acting role in this shocking trick we all played on poor Bonnie. He was hilarious! I will never forget his fabulous smile that brought a twinkle to his eyes. He so loved the three of you....he is the original Charlie who actually had the three Charlie's Angels. Now he is your Angel....may he rest in peace and God bless his soul.
Heather Fyfe

Gramps was the best! Sending all our love to everyone. The Smith Family
Kerry Smith

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