It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Philip Joseph Pigeon of Williams Lake after a battle with cancer.
He was predeceased by his father Rosaire Pigeon and his mother Mary (Grinder), and his brothers Albert and Doug. Phil leaves behind his wife Marilyn, his children Barry (Melissa), Brian (Sandra) and Kathy (Pat), his grandchildren, Nicole, Alex, Denis, Austin, Joe, Tannis, Darci, Olivia; and great grandchildren Cory and Carson; sisters Lorraine, Marj, Yvonne (Orin), Charlotte and brother Lawrence (Maggie); and many nieces and nephews.
Phil was born in Kamloops, May 5, 1936. He spent his childhood on the family ranch at Meadow Lake, and after marrying Marilyn they moved to Williams Lake where Phil managed the Elks Club, played on the Stampeders hockey team, and joined the Williams Lake Fire Department. After many years working with the PGE/BC Rail, Marilyn and Phil moved down to Squamish and later Campbell River where they enjoyed saltwater fishing, curling, and he worked as a welder. In 1980, they decided to move back up to Meadow Lake where Phil built a log home and semi-retired ranching once again. He loved his horses and dogs, cattle penning, hunting with his family, and going on long horseback rides. In 2009 they moved back to Williams Lake fully retiring and the last few years, they enjoyed camping and fishing, golfing, hunting, watching sports, playing poker, and spending time with the family. Phil enjoyed travelling and made friends everywhere he went, even if they didn’t speak the same language. He had a wonderful sense of humour and always a twinkle in his eye right up until the end.
We would like to take this time to also express our sincere thanks for all the care and attention the doctors, and nursing staff on the 2nd Ward at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital gave to Phil.
There will be no ceremony held right away, however, there will be a Celebration of Phil golf tournament later this spring. Details will be communicated to family and friends.
LaPrairie’s Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements.