George PhillipsPHILLIPS, Judge George Arthur, of R.R. #1, Union passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital, on Thursday, November 7, 2013, in his 83rd year.  He leaves behind his son Neil Andrew Phillips of Cambridge, Charles Martin Phillips (Sara Nixon) of Toronto, and Mary Elizabeth Phillips-Shiell (Michael) of Georgetown.  George was predeceased by his beloved wife of over 55 years, Eleanor Elizabeth (nee Jacob) Phillips in 2008 and his much loved son, George Edward Phillips (Norma) in 2006.  Grandfather of Marty and Charles of Markham, Jackson, Allison, Elizabeth and Christine of Toronto and Maclean, Madelaine and Marin Shiell of Georgetown.  Also survived by his sisters, Louise Thompson of Ottawa and Catherine Dolson of London.  George was predeceased by his brother Franklin (Dorothy) Phillips and his brother in law, Les Dolson.  Born in Cornwall, Ontario, February 25, 1931 he was the son of the late George Arthur Phillips and Rosamond (nee Martin) Phillips.  George was educated at Cornwall Collegiate and was a 1956 graduate of Osgood Hall Law School.  George and Eleanor raised their family in St. Catharines, Toronto and St. Thomas.  His summers were spent pool-side in Union or on the golf course next door.  Most winters were spent with Eleanor in Emerald Pointe, Punta Gorda, Florida.  George practiced law in St. Catharines for 5 years and then in Toronto for another ten years.  In 1970, he moved to St. Thomas and practiced law with two separate firms, finishing up with Herold and Phillips.  He also acted as an Assistant Crown Attorney.  In 1971, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel and then in 1974, was appointed to the bench of the Ontario Court of Justice (Criminal Division).  After retiring in 1996, he returned as a Per Diem Judge, traveling to all parts of Ontario for another 10 years before retiring completely in 2006.  He was also very active in community associations, starting out in High School.  In St. Thomas, he served as President of the Rotary Club and was Vice President of what is now the Association for Community Living.  Professionally, he served as a member of the executive of the Ontario Judges Association, secretary of the Elgin Law Association and a member of the Toronto Lawyers Club.  He was an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and the Ontario Judges Association.  George was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas and a playing member of the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas, (519-631-1160) on Monday, November 11th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  A service of remembrance will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church (Hincks and Mitchell Streets), St. Thomas on Tuesday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m.  Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, Knox Presbyterian Church or the charity of one’s choice gratefully acknowledged.

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