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Philip J. Yates

July 19, 1942 - October 20, 2015

Philip Yates: July 19, 1942 - October 20, 2015

Service Date: October 27, 2015

Funeral Home Kars

Church St. Leonard's Catholic Church

Posted by:
Rob Schellings

Posted on:
November 8, 2015

Mr Yates was my grade 7 teacher at St Leonard's as well as my geography teacher at Pius. I was very saddened to hear of his passing, he was a good man. RIP.

Posted by:
Sandra Albanese & Family

Posted on:
October 30, 2015

Colleen our thoughts are with you at this difficult time for you and your family. I will always remember Phil as the only one to get away with calling me Sandy and the fun we had washing the cars at our place for your wedding. Love Sandra.

Posted by:
Conny Budarick

Posted on:
October 29, 2015

Colleen, Chuck, Robyn, Chad, and families, What a great loss. Phil was a gentle, gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May your memories help you. Hugs, Conny

Posted by:
Glenn & Greg McEvoy

Posted on:
October 28, 2015

We were very sorry to hear about 'Mr. Yates'. He was a great teacher and a great man.

Posted by:
Anne Patrick

Posted on:
October 27, 2015

My deepest sympathy to all the Yates family. I remember Phil from St Pius and I had the privilege of teaching Robyn at St Mark. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by:
Eileen & Gene

Posted on:
October 26, 2015

Our condolences to the whole family on your loss. Chad, we know how special your dad was to you . He will be sorely missed by you and all of your family. Eileen & Gene

Posted by:
Paula Dunn

Posted on:
October 26, 2015

Dear Colleen, Robyn, Chuck, Chad & your families, I am deeply saddened to hear about Phil. He was one of a kind - I'll always remember his laugh and how easily he could make me laugh. At large family gatherings, Phil always took the time to talk to me and ask questions about my life - he never failed to make me feel special. Reading over what others have written about him, it seems that he had a knack for making those around him laugh and feel special too :) No doubt he will be dearly missed. I am sending heartfelt condolences, and hoping that the knowledge that he is no longer in pain will help lift you up over these next few particularly difficult days as you pay him tribute and lay him to rest. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by:
Lida Chiarelli

Posted on:
October 26, 2015

Our condolences to the Yates family. My husband, Rick and I, were students at St. Pius (1977- 1982) and Mr. Yates was one of the memorable teachers. Afterwards, he was my colleague when I started teaching at the school. His smile and good humour will be missed.

Posted by:
Lisa Moffatt

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

I was a student at St. Pius X from 1987-92 (a year ahead of nephew Joel), and had Mr. Yates as a teacher twice for geography. I'm currently an urban planner in Vancouver, so I've put the geography foundation to good use! I'll fondly remember ducking sticks of chalk and chalkboard erasers in Mr.Yates class aimed at witty, if not sassy students (but never me!!). He made every class an adventure and I'll miss him dearly. Sincere condolences. -- Lisa Moffatt

Posted by:
Tony Maioirno

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

Such a great teacher. One of the special ones that you remember forever. My sincere condolences to the Yates family.

Posted by:
Gerry Hancock

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

RIP Phil. Way back in the last century my kids [Kars PS] came to St. Leonard's to play soccer with you as coach. We were both starting out then. Can't remember a score, but we have been friends along time. My condolences to all your family.

Posted by:
Cheryl Hooghiem

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

Dear Robyn and family. My sincere condolences. After reading some of the messages to your family, I can tell Robyn that you have inherited your Dad's gift of being a teacher who has left a huge positive impact on students. How lovely is that. I am one of them and am very thankful for who you are! Treasure the stories and experiences you have of your Dad and share them with Darwyn so his legacy will continue in the years ahead. Hugs to you, Cheryl.

Posted by:
Jennifer LaCoste

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

Colleen, Robyn, Chuck and Chad...our deepest sympathies. Phil will be remembered as so full of life! I have many memories of fun times at the Yates' home. I am thankful that I got to know him, and that in later years my husband and children met the memorable Phil Yates as well! Thinking of you and your families during this difficult time. Jennie Lacoste (Harju) & family

Posted by:
Gerry LaPorte

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

Lorrain and I and our families extend condolences to the Yates' families.

Posted by:
Paula & David van Riel

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

Sorry to hear this sad news. Our condolences to the Yates family.

Posted by:
Loraine Downey

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

My deepest condolences to you all. Mr. Yates was a beloved and favourite teacher at St. Pius. Geography was never boring and I looked forward to his antics every class. He called me Downey Duck and you never knew when a game of Euchre would break out, near the end of the school year of course!! He will be missed by so many. May God hold him in the palm of his hand. Rest in peace Mr. Yates.

Posted by:
Dale Hannigan

Posted on:
October 25, 2015

Chuck, Chad and Robyn Several years ago, I was visiting your parents in Manotick, it was after your Dad had retired. Your Dad had to go to the grocery store to pick up a few things, so I rode along. While inside the store, several young kids, I assume former students, came up to your Dad to say hello! Now, I had always suspected that your Dad was a great Teacher, but that day in the store confirmed it for me. When I saw the way they greeted your Dad with such enthusiasm and admiration, I knew that he was someone very special to them. Personally, there were only a few Teachers in my life that would have prompted me to greet them in this way. Your Dad had a calmness about him; he always made me feel very welcomed and always took a sincere interest in our conversation. Although we did not see each other too often, I was very fond of your Dad and will miss those conversations. Having lost both of my parents, I know the pain your heart. You will find comfort, when you recognize him in yourself and know he is there with you! My heart felt condolence, Dale

Posted by:
Monique Cazabon (Farrell)

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

My sincere condolences to you Colleen and to your Family. Phil will be in my thoughts today and many days from now. He was a great man and a great friend. Our time at Pius together was that of sharing time together during our spares or being together to celebrate our faith. He was a real sweetheart as Helena Daly would say. Sure will miss him. I will not be attending the services for now I live in Windsor Ontario but my thoughts and prayers will be always with you.

Posted by:
Geni Hartson

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Dear Colleen and family, I am so sorry for your loss, my heart and prayers go out to all of you... What a wonderful man Phil was, taken far too soon, he certainly made this world a better place. To Pat and the Donovan's tons of hugs, we lose an Angel and Heaven gains one. xoxoxo Geni

Posted by:
Paulo Bellem

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Condolences to the family. Great teacher. I still talk about his classes to my friends some 20 years later. My prayers are with the entire family.

Posted by:
Natasha Lafrance Buchanan

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Sorry to hear of your loss Chad and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Natasha Lafrance Buchanan

Posted by:
Jo-Anne Cody

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

As a former student, I hope it brings comfort to the family that I will always remember Mr. Yates as such an engaging, positive and talented teacher for me at St. Pius in 1981. When I heard the news of his passing, my heart sank. As you can see, he left a life-long and positive impression on my (and, I'm sure) and many other lives. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by:
Pam/Brian Cape

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Pam & I wish to send our condolences to the Yates family.

Posted by:
Shawn Charland

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

So sorry to hear this news. When you are young you think, "there will be another day, I can do this/learn this/try this another day." But sometimes there is no other day, THIS is the day; for learning the things Phil taught me, the day he taught geography with his distinctive style and methods, that was the day, and as it happens the only day to learn about the Rhur district in Germany and München Gladbach, or the Transvaal in South Africa, or Brest in France, or on and on. These are things which I know with absolute moral certainty I learned from Phil, because they are so distinct, and have come to me no other way or at any other time. It's not impossible to learn about these things later in life, but it is very difficult because of the obligations of work and family and finances etc etc. And I loved his monumentally detailed coloured chalk maps which he made us copy into our notebooks, and the way he would instantly switch from a soft tone of voice to a booming one, to wake everyone up. And especially how fair and even-tempered he was, AND how he would walk up and down the aisles teaching his lesson, pause, turn and look at me, and say, looking me right in the eyes, "And, based on all the mining of iron ore in the region, what would we expect the major industry to be in this city... Mr Frieburg?" turning slowly on his heel to look directly at Donny Frieburg. "Uh uh..." Phil was a wonderful teacher and a strong influence in my life, a debt that can never be repaid. The world is a smaller place without him in it, but a much bigger place because he was here, because he chose to take some of his life and make ours better, and because we were privileged to be on the receiving side of that. Shawn Charland SPX Class of '79

Posted by:
Joanne Goneau

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to the Yates family. He was a wonderful man and great Teacher.

Posted by:
Cindy O\'Connor Dagenais

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Sorry to hear the loss of your father Robyn. My sympathies to you and your family.

Posted by:
Darlene Nedeljak

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

So sorry to hear of Uncle Phil's passing. Always gentle and kind. His warm smile and ability to take time to talk is a real tribute to his character... A true gentle man. xoxo

Posted by:
Kevin Hannigan

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Auntie Colleen and Family, I'm thinking of all of you and praying for you in this difficult time. Uncle Phil was a role model and inspiration for so many people who were blessed to know him. When anyone talked with Phil he made them feel like the most important person on earth. His gift of giving undivided attention, listening, intellect, and caring set him apart. I will always remember sitting and talking with Phil and his beautiful blue eyes would be intense with focus, yet his constant smile would make anyone at ease. Uncle Phil was a gentleman, teacher and friend of the highest order. He showed his love everyday and thus he lived everyday while he was with us. Please take peace in knowing that he is being welcomed into heaven by all his family and friends who have gone before him. Love Kevin PS. I love Phil's photo...Chuck I'm glad it's not a Sen's jersey!

Posted by:
Millie Donnelly

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

I will always think of Phil as "MR. MANOTICK".He was truly loved!!There are SO many fond and fun memories of the good old days teaching with him at St. Leonard's! My sincere sympathy.Millie Donnelly ' '

Posted by:
Debbie Diack

Posted on:
October 24, 2015

Dear Colleen and family. I am so sorry to learn of Phil's passing. I have had the pleasure for so many years of enjoying Phil's company and humour at the Ricci/Diack get togethers. May the memories you share wrap themselves around you and comfort you through this very difficult time.

Posted by:
Mark Goble

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to the Yates family.

Posted by:
Jennifer Graves(Cochrane)

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

To the family, Mr. Yates was my favorite teacher ever and I know I am not alone! If you were lucky enough to have Mr.Yates as a teacher you were so happy! I am very sorry for your loss but know he impacted so many students. all the best Jenn Graves (Cochrane)

Posted by:
Gina Fredette

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

My deepest condolences to the Yates family. He was a terrific teacher and lots of fun!

Posted by:
Melanie Lucas

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Dear Colleen, My heart goes out to you and your family. When I moved next door to you, I was so surprised to discover my neighbour (even if only for a short while) was one of my favourite high school teachers with the twinkling blue eyes! I will forever see his wave over to my back porch from your side garage door and remember fondly his trips over with fresh veggies from the garden for my kids to nibble on. Sincerely, Melanie, Scott, Noah, Lily, Liam & Aden

Posted by:
Anthony

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Our deepest condolences. We loved "Mr. Yates" Sad to hear about his passing. Anthony & Patricia Cava

Posted by:
Anne-Marie Gibbons (Droogh)

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Robin and family, Sorry to hear about your loss of your dad. Enjoyed his company when he umped my baseball games over 20 years ago. He was always happy! Anne-Marie

Posted by:
Shirley Watkins

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Phil was a very special man and held a special place in my heart. I liked when you two would come to Timmins after you had married and he would come and get Sandra and I to go blueberry picking. He was always so excited to get going. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time for you and your family. Love Shirley

Posted by:
Fr. Steve Morrisey C.Ss.R.

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

I will remember him in Prayer, I hope the angels carry him to heaven, God Bless, thank you!

Posted by:
betty tessier janvier

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

sorry to hear of your loss... a new angel for heaven... he's got his wings for sure.. I enjoyed speaking with him.... beautiful person, so kind..

Posted by:
Linda Collins Videchak

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

To the Yates family, Mr Yates was a great teacher who I looked forward to his class daily! We never knew what the lesson would entail! I never look at the bodies of water in Europe in the way I did before having him for a geography teacher! I know his former students will be sad to hear of his passing but he was a legend for many kids and he was the "cool" teacher! I know his children may not realize that but he sure will be spoken of with lots of fondness! Thank you for a great class each and every time Sir! Rest easy after a long and wonderful life! Mrs Yates and family, I know we all share in your loss and know that many of us learned lots of great things from him. God bless him and you in this sad time!

Posted by:
Corinne Larabie

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

So sorry to hear this. I remember Mr Yates very fondly from my years growing up playing softball in Manotick. He was a great man.

Posted by:
Tammy Tessier

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

I cannot express how sad I was to hear of Mr. Yates' passing. I have so many fond and special memories that will never be forgotten. He was there for my family and I during what was the most difficult time of my life. I am blessed to have been able to know Mr. Yates' both academically and personally. He will be incredibly missed but please know how much of an impact he had on so many lives. His legacy will live on forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

Posted by:
Carla (Morin) Hindman

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

My sincere condolences to the Yates family. Mr. Yates taught me World Issues at SPX and was a great, fun, and funny teacher. I always got a kick out of how he grew his 'winter beard' between Christmas and March Break! I'll keep him and your family in my prayers. May he rest in peace.

Posted by:
Greg Odynski

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Deepest sympathies for your families. Mr Yates was one of the best teachers I ever had. He taught me geography back at St. Pius. All good memories. God Bless.

Posted by:
Diana Iafelice (Prigent)

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Dear Yates Family, I am so sad to hear about Mr. Yates. I fondly remember my Geography and World Issues classes as Mr. Yates was my awesome teacher. His classes were fun, he keep us on our toes, slamming books at times, picking on the boys. My heart goes out to you all during this very difficult time. His legacy will live on in all of you and what great man he was. Thank you Mr. Yates and rest in peace.

Posted by:
Mark Mongeau

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Yates Taught me many moons ago, but I still remember his smile and passion. His memory will live on in the lives he touched.

Posted by:
Ann-Marite (Galla) Martello

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

To the Yates Family, My sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Yates, he was my favorite teacher at St. Pius X. He always had a minute for you if you needed him and you were always greeted with a smile. May the wonderful memories you have help you through the days to come. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely, Ann-Marie Galla

Posted by:
Jessica B

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

My condolences on your loss. I had Mr Yates as a teacher in the late 90s and he's one of a few I remember and have told stories of as recently as a few weeks ago. He had a big impact on me-strong enough to stay in my memory. Funny and gentle and defiantly one of the cool teachers to have. His stories of his family and his quick wit only got better with time, I'm sure. Really sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by:
Lynda Bruce

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Condolences to his family. He was a fantastic teacher and was always making us laugh.

Posted by:
Lisa Rino (Frangione)

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Mr Yates was one of the best teachers that I've ever had. He was always so full of life and Laughter. He surely will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences go out to the Yates Family.

Posted by:
Lise Kingsbury

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Both my husband and myself had Mr Yates as a teacher in St Pius in the mid 70s. We both remember what a great sense of humour he had and really enjoyed having him as our geography teacher. Our deepest condolences to not only a wonderful teacher but a great man

Posted by:
Ron Warwaruk

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

My condolences to all of the Yates' family. I've had many years of knowing them in and around the hockey rink both on the ice and off. Keep the memories strong as they will never go away. Sincerest thoughts.

Posted by:
Andrea Wyers

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Dear Mrs Yates and family, Our sincere condolences on the loss of an amazing man. Mr Yates made a impact on all who knew and loved him. I have many great memories of him at the kids hockey games, he was one of the kindest, caring and compassionate men I have ever known. I will miss those beautiful blue eyes with that sweet sparkle and the man who made everyone feel special in their own way. Both Cameron and Madison were upset to hear of his passing which only confirms the impact that he had on them and their team mates. My heart is heavy for all of you and like many others, I share your pain. May he rest in peace and play bridge with the Angels as he definitely deserves his wings. He will never be forgotten, sending love and hugs, Andrea, Rob, Madison, Cameron and Andrew Wyers xoxo

Posted by:
Tanya Middleton-Yewen

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I have so many fond memories of our time spent with your family when I was younger. Phil was a truly a special man, teacher, husband and especially father. He will be missed. All my love to your family! xoxo

Posted by:
Anonymous

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Yates was quite the fixture at Pius. He will be missed. My prayers are with you all at this time.

Posted by:
Peter Unger

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Mr. Yates was one of the most memorable teachers I ever had. His sense of humour made class enjoyable and I won't forget him. My condolences to his family.

Posted by:
Carla Pugliese

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

May he rest in peace. Forever in our thoughts! :(

Posted by:
Caroline Brawley

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

So very sorry to hear of the loss of "Uncle Phil"...we very much enjoyed his impromptu visits during the boys sporting events...baseball, hockey...you name it Phil & Colleen were there. He will be missed. Caroline, Mark, Ben and Abby Brawley

Posted by:
Cheryl McCleary (Wilson)

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Mrs. Yates, Chuck, Wendy, Pat, Katie and all the family. Mr.Yates made a lasting impression on me from my years at Pius. My family was so lucky to meet him and spend so much time with him at the rink. He would talk so much about all his grandchildren. Remember all the wonderful times you had together. He was a great man. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ? Cheryl, Bob, Cam and Maggie McCleary xo

Posted by:
Jennifer Hewitt(Lavictoire)

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

My condolences to all the family during this time.

Posted by:
sally oleary

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

colleen sorry to hear of phils passing thoughts and prayers with you

Posted by:
sally oleary

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Colleen and family was sorry to hear of Phil's passing my thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by:
sally oleary

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Colleen sorry to hear of Phil's passing my thoughts and prayers are with you

Posted by:
Jim

Posted on:
October 23, 2015

Colleen, Chuck, Chad, Robin and Families, I met Phil in the corner of the Manotick arena during Novice hockey tryouts in 1982. It began a wonderful relationship between our families that is still strong today. Many memories and lots of laughter. He was one of the really 'good guys'! Hopefully you will all find consolation in the many memories that he had created for you all.

Posted by:
Krista Kelly

Posted on:
October 22, 2015

Great photo! Phil will be missed dearly. I loved that he'd come out to cheer us on at the ball diamonds long after he "retired" from that scene. Bribing him to ump a game or two was even better!!! BIG HUGS to all of you!

Posted by:
Elizabeth & Brian Bullock and family

Posted on:
October 22, 2015

We are sad to see you leave us Phil,you will be greatly missed.A good friend kind,soft spoken and caring. Love ,the Bullocks

Posted by:
Bill O\\\'Sullivan

Posted on:
October 22, 2015

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree... I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

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