Philip MacIntyre Memorial Scholarship in Nursing

Philip was born in Arnprior, Ontario on November 2nd, 1951. He grew up in the nearby village of Galetta. It was in high school that he met the love of his life Gayle. Phil graduated from Queens University as a Mining Engineer and after they wed they moved out west for work in the interior of BC. They had many adventures in numerous towns in BC and along the way became parents to two amazing daughters. Once the girls left for university, Phil and Gayle made the leap and moved overseas to Australia. Phil worked in both Australia and Papua New Guinea and during their time there made amazing friends and had many adventures. From Australia, they made their way to central Thailand which they called home for 12 years.

In 2013, Phil and Gayle retired to Victoria to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. They continued to travel overseas and had many adventures and made memories. Family dinners and holidays created even more memories. Sadly, Phil was diagnosed with cancer in early January 2021 and passed away in early March of the same year. Phil is survived by his wife Gayle of 48 years, his daughters Jennifer (Martin) and Christine (Paul) and his grandchildren Emma, Tyler, Oliver and Henry as well as, many extended family and friends in both Canada and overseas.

Gayle and family would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at BC Cancer Clinic and the Royal Jubilee Hospital for their care and compassion. During his stay in the hospital, Phil would talk to as many nurses as possible to find out what made them decide to choose this field. He was tended to by so many wonderful nurses who took the time to talk to him and gave him such great care. He would mention a nurse who was in training to his doctors and tell them to “keep an eye her as she is going to be an excellent nurse in the future”. The nurses on the Palliative ward were extremely caring, kept him comfortable and showed such compassion with him and our family that we wanted to give something back to the nursing profession. Without their care, it would have been a greater hardship on Phil and the family, but they made his last two weeks a place of peace, caring and kindness.

To honour your work, Phil’s family would like to help carry on your kind work with the creation of an award in Phil’s name through the University of Victoria, School of Nursing. This scholarship will support students in the Masters of Nursing with an interest in palliative care to help ease your way forward like you did for him.

In his short 69 years here on earth, Phil created many memories with coworkers, friends and family. His calm, quiet, and friendly demeanor made a lasting impression on everyone who met him. He will be dearly and truly missed by all but we are reminded that this is not goodbye but until we meet again.

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