Phillip Alfred Basile Pedneault
September 14, 1932 – March 2, 2013
Phil was diagnosed with a rare cancer and he fought it in his own strong, quiet way until Saturday, March 2nd. Phil passed away peacefully at his home in Campbell River, with his loving family by his side. He was predeceased by his father Joe (1982), his sister Leona “Noni” (1990), his sister Joanne (2003), and his mother Antoinette “Toni” (2003). He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Wanda, as well as by his brother Eugene “Dig” (Lynn) of Texada Island. Also left to miss him greatly are his three children, all of Campbell River, Debra Rafnkjelson (Warren), David (Lynda), and Denise Westfield (Lorne). “Grampa,” as he was affectionately known, was also loved by four granddaughters, Kelsie (Jason), Rikki (B.J.), Carly (Ian), and Richelle, as well as by three great-granddaughters, Preslee, Blair, and Emerson. Phil also leaves behind his brother-in-law Orval (Margaret) of Kelowna, B.C., several nieces and nephews, as well as many long time friends, particularly Dave Gyles and the “Bowen Island Boys.”
Phil was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. He worked for his father at Pedneault Logging, spending several years working on Bowen Island. He and Wanda moved to Bowen in 1957 and stayed until 1964. Phil and Dig eventually bought Pedneault Logging from their dad and spent the coming years logging on several islands and in various inlets up and down the coast. He and Wanda moved to Campbell River in 1968 and have remained since. Phil continued to work in the logging industry until his retirement in 1991.
Phil was busy throughout his retirement years, whether puttering in his meticulously-kept shop, walking along the beach collecting golf balls, helping build fences, decks, and houses, or lending a hand for anything else that needed to be done. He could always be counted on to have just the right tool, piece of wood, or chunk of metal that was necessary for the task at hand. He was most happy to spend his days sitting and visiting on the sundeck, camping and waterskiing at Upper Quinsam Lake, or having family BBQs.
The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Robert Ramsey, Barb and Marlene from Home Care, as well as the many other kind people that have helped during this difficult time.
There will be no service by request. In lieu of flowers, for those wishing, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.