Dr. Phil Minnaar passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 20, 2015 after a long illness. Phil will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years Adeline, children: Jerine (Jan), Eloise (Tim) and Phil (Mari), and grandchildren: Adeline, Melinda, Renier, Chelsea and Nathan along with his two sisters in South Africa. His faith and trust in God, as well as his love, care and positive outlook on life will have a lasting effect as he was an inspiration for so many people.
He was born and raised in South Africa where he worked as the Director of the Bureau for Management Information at the University of South Africa. After retiring, he consulted for various higher education institutions. He and Adeline moved to Canada in 2002, first to Calgary and in 2008 settled in Campbell River. His love for writing and basic values inspired him to write the Power of Positive Words and 100 monthly newsletters. He also wrote short stories, other publications and many articles for science and agricultural magazines. He touched so many lives through his book, his newsletters and personal contact. Each month, he shared his beliefs and thoughts with his readers to inspire them. He wrote each article from his heart according to his basic values.
He was involved in many community and other organizations in South Africa and Canada. In Campbell River, he enjoyed being part of several wonderful community organizations.
All his family and friends will miss him dearly. Thank you to everyone for your compassion and for being there for us. Thank you also to Dr. Tinmouth Dr. Prinsloo, Dr. Dhansay, Dr. Minnaar and staff at the Campbell River Hospital for their compassionate care.
A celebration of Phil’s life will take place on August 28, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 145 Simms Rd, Campbell River.
The celebration of life will also be streamed live at http://original.livestream.com/drphilminnaar for people who want to but are unable to attend.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Beacon Club, 684 Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC V9W 2C3, Canada