Carrey, Philip James “Phil” - It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Philip James Carrey on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at the age of 77.
Phil is survived by his wife of 37 years Heather, son Troy (Amy Rosado), daughter Brandee Broderick (Scott) grandsons Jesse, Austin, Will, Maddox and Treydon. Phil will also be forever remembered by his brother Butch (Fiorenza) sisters Marlene Perger (Rick) & Pat Falcioni (Randy) and his many nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Phil was an extremely active member of the United Church as a member of the Central United Choir & CLAW committee.
While Phil thoroughly enjoyed his time with the choir, he did not restrict his singing to the church pews. He insisted on making a joyful noise wherever he went, sharing his song freely with all within earshot.
Phil’s grand sense of adventure was obvious at an early age. Following his graduation from Welland High School, Phil applied to literally dozens of universities and colleges, declaring that he would simply attend whichever school was first to reply. That school was Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. The year was 1963 and Phil got to experience first-hand the American civil rights movement in action. His “war stories” from those days are amusing for sure, but for a good listener, equally profound and inspiring.
Upon returning to Canada, Phil eventually began work at John Deere Welland Works, from where he retired in 2002 after a 30 year career.
Following his retirement, Phil began a series of globe trotting adventures fit for a king. He has enjoyed numerous golf and NASCAR trips with “the boys” and he and Heather travelled to dozens of locations around the world - including Egypt, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Israel along with a three-reserve African safari. They enjoyed cruises throughout the Caribbean, South East Asia and Alaska and even travelled on the original Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul.
Phil was small in stature, but he was a giant of a human being. Those who knew him well knew that he was a man of very few words - but when he spoke, people listened - especially his children and grandchildren! (Although they can never recall him raising his voice and none can ever recall hearing him swear!) He was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word and your ball cap was certainly not welcome at his dinner table.
At 77, Phil said that he thought he still had at least one more big adventure in him and was looking at options when COVID hit. Like the rest of the world, he pressed pause on his planning, assuming he was merely delayed.
The world will not be the same without him.
A proper celebration of life will be scheduled when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Memorial donations in memory of Phil may be made to The Last Chance Horse & Pony Rescue - www.lchpr.org.
Online condolences can be made at www.cudneyfuneralhome.com.