NOBLE, Philip Henry

Philip Henry Noble

Philip Henry Noble went into the Light just before the Light was to be reborn at Christmas 2017. He was born in Grimsby, England March 4, 1937. He passed away Dec, 22 in Three Hills hospital a few hours after being admitted to Emergency. He was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, after moving from the farm to a suite in Trochu, and he was at home until the afternoon of Dec. 21. For that the family is grateful. He was predeceased by his parents Ivy and Harry Noble, and his parents-in-law Elsie and Toivo Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ilona, his daughter Lynn-Ann Wahl (Myrone), grandchildren Lee-Ann, Malcolm, Logan and Mason, and his son Andrew (Cristina). Phil had a certificate in Agriculture from England. He emigrated to Canada in 1958. In 1959 he enlisted in the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Rifles because they were being rotated to Germany in 1960. On July 1, 1959 he met Ilona in Calgary, proposed on July 11, and so took a bride to meet his parents at Christmas 1960. Ilona and Phil were in Germany for 2 years during the Berlin Crisis tensions. Upon returning from Germany and leaving the service, he worked on the U of A campus while Ilona completed her third year of University. When they moved back to Trochu Ilona began teaching in Three Hills and Phil began farming with the Anderson Bros. He studied motor mechanics and apprenticed with implement dealers in Trochu, but eventually he went farming full-time. He also attended summer sessions for a certificate in Recreation Leadership. He was an avid biker and owned a sailboat on Vancouver Island for 10 years. And, as long as he was able, he played badminton, skied, bowled, and often golfed twice a day. He loved nature and lived in harmony with it as a farmer and a traveller. He served on church boards, Trochu Seniors’ Drop-in Center, Ducks Unlimited and Medicine River Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. He was generous and valued everyone with whom he dealt, in business and personal life. He was a friend and mentor to many young people through swim-coaching and youth at church. Kneehill Funeral Services were entrusted with the arrangements and donations can be made to St. Paul's United Church, Nature Canada or a charity of your choice.