The family is deeply saddened to announce the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Philip Mineault at the age of 89 on May 22, 2021, with family by his side at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Joyce of 61 years, 5 children he deeply loved, Calvin (Leanne), Clinton (Michele), Donald (Gina), Leanne and Norman, 8 grandchildren, Paul (Shannon), Tamara (Chris), Philip, Luke (TJ), Danielle (Brodie), Matthew, Tanner and Parker, 5 great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Jude, Marcus, Aiden, Jordan (his special little girl), and eldest sister Lea.
Philip was predeceased by his parents Henry and Deneige Mineault, brothers Ernest, Gilbert, Roger, Edward, baby Edward and sister Verna, daughter in law Marion, and most recently his faithful buddy Meko.
Philip Mineault was born on March 18, 1932, in Melick Township, Ontario, and as a young child; he moved to Vasser, Manitoba, and on occasion lived on the outskirts of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the eldest son, Philip took on the care of his younger siblings and at the tender age of nine years old, went to work full time to support his family for a $1.00 a day. He also did chores for the neighbors in exchange for items like a dozen of eggs. Whenever he had some spare change in his pocket he would buy candy for his younger brothers and sister, he would go without.
Philip continued throughout his entire life to put others before him, and family always came first making him the best husband, dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
As a young adult, Philip worked on building part of the TransCanada Highway, was a pipeline foreman, bricklayer, and drove logging trucks. Upon settling in Kenora with his wife Joyce, he worked several years as maintenance with the Keewatin Patricia District School Board and in his later work years, took great pride in teaching construction in area First Nations, including the fly in the north.
Philip was a man of many talents, there was no job he would not tackle, a self-taught, jack (master)-of all trades in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, mechanical, welding, and farming. He obtained his carpenters, plumbing, and oil burners papers. That is an accomplishment that very few tradesmen ever get. He built the family home on Black Sturgeon, enjoyed it for many years, and in his early 70’s, designed and built his last family home. It was a challenging plot of land and dad labored for many days over the blueprints that have been replicated by other building contractors.
Philip pursued many of his interests; a highlight was his first solo flight on August 27, 1980, to obtain his private pilot’s license at 48 years of age. He also took an interest in prospecting in his late 70’s, took courses, obtained his prospector’s license, poured over maps, and staked his claim. Dad always had a project on the go and enjoyed building many things over the years from scratch, some of his most notable were a cedar canoe and slide-in camper for his truck. If there was a way to save a dollar, he was out with his welder fashioning whatever bit or part was needed to complete a job whether it be for himself or another.
Philip was an avid bushman, his happiest times were when he was hunting, fishing, and camping with the family. He would often tell us about his hunting and fishing guide experiences in his early years as a way to teach us and whoever came along during these outdoor expeditions. These were treasured times.
Philip had a quiet demeanor and an incredible smile. He was always there for everyone, often first to offer help or advice. He provided his children with a life rich in experiences but most importantly full of his love and devotion teaching us many important life skills and values. His curious nature and up for anything attitude, shaped his incredible life making him an inspiration to all.
Special thanks to Dr. Vaudry for his care and compassion over the years as well as Dr. Cho and Dr. Brar in Winnipeg, Manitoba for offering Philip such great care in their fields of expertise. We also thank Dr. Olson and Dr. Wong for their recent care of dad and concern for the family.
Also, thank you to his homecare workers Louise and Donna who became a part of our family. We will never forget your kindness and always putting Philip’s needs first.
In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or another charity of your choice.
A celebration of life for Philip will be held when everyone can gather, reminisce and share stories.
We thank you dad for the sign of seven eagles circling the family home as we gathered after your passing. You will forever soar in our memories.