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Philip Flemming


Philip Flemming
Following a courageous battle with mesothelioma and with his family by his side, Philip Flemming of Public Landing, NB, died peacefully at his home on Monday, March 21, 2022. Philip left this world with dignity and under his own terms.

Philip was born in Woodstock, NB, on May 13, 1941. He was the son of the late Arnold and Mable (Armour) Flemming. Phil leaves behind his spouse, Ellen Miriam Flemming (Forrest); his son, Richard Flemming (Justine) of Port Coquitlam, BC; his grandchildren, Riley and Max, along with their mother Cindy, Zoravar and Daya; his foster son Stephen Fillmore of Riverview, NB; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Dean, Lynne, and Glenna; his niece Susan; nephew David; and several cousins.

Phil was predeceased by his parents and his brother Raymond Flemming.

Journeyman, shipwright, woodworker, and carpenter, Phil just knew how to do things! He had an artistic edge that parlayed into his photography, painting and keen eye with the camera.

Many adjectives could be used to describe Phil: patient, decisive, modest, humble, and innovative. He had an inherent and quirky sense of humor and a bent for storytelling. Phil was a staunch Montreal Canadians fan, devout Canadian and supporter of all things New Brunswick. He was a life-long member of the United Church of Canada. He was an avid historian, especially about NB history, world wars, old cars, and had a life long love and interest in airplanes, especially the “Lancaster”!

Phil had a love for nature and birds. He also loved camping and boating/canoeing. He thoroughly enjoyed the view from the last house he built on the Saint John River.

Phil was most grateful for the tremendous care and support of Extra-Mural nurses, therapists and physicians, family and friends.

Respecting Phil's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral held. A graveside service will be held later this spring at the Wharton Cemetery in Upper Kent, NB where he will be laid to rest with his parents and brother.

For those who wish, memorial donations to the Saint John West Library, the War Amps, the Wharton Cemetery, or the Mesothelioma Association would be appreciated by the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brunswick Funeral Home, Perth-Andover and Plaster Rock, NB.


Is it all redheads
Or only you
That makes us laugh
Until we’re red too -
In the face?

The trips, the gaffes
A silly hat
A goofy face
All make us laugh
And we appreciate that

But though we laugh
We also know
That you have talent
That sometimes shows
In other ways

Your shipwright days
Perhaps are done
But your talent with wood
Still lingers on
It’s your specialty

Your touch with wood
Is amazing enough
To turn a lamp
Doesn’t seem tough
Or build a clock or a house

But who could know
Inside your mind
Was an artiste waiting
For just the right time
To show what you can do

You really have
Surpassed your norm
With recent art
In many forms
So we tip our hats to you

We’ve all experienced
Your kindness too
And the many things
You always do
For each of us

So thank you for
The guy you are
The brother perhaps
Without much hair
But a man we truly love

L.E.F. 21/11/15

Burial Location
Wharton Cemetery, Upper Kent, NB

Requested Charity
Saint John West Library, the War Amps, the Wharton Cemetery, or the Mesothelioma Association