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Phillip Anthony Arab

February 22, 1930 - June 20, 2012
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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father and grandfather Phillip Anthony Arab, 82. Phillip was a self-made man of humble beginnings and deep faith, who came to Canada at a young age and quickly established himself as a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He and his brother George founded G. & P. Arab Ltd., a wholesale business they ran for over 30 years. Phillip was a proud Canadian who loved his chosen country with all of his heart. He never took for granted the privilege of calling Canada home, and instilled in his Canadian-born children that sense of patriotism that might otherwise have been...
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved father and grandfather Phillip Anthony Arab, 82. Phillip was a self-made man of humble beginnings and deep faith, who came to Canada at a young age and quickly established himself as a successful entrepreneur and businessman. He and his brother George founded G. & P. Arab Ltd., a wholesale business they ran for over 30 years. Phillip was a proud Canadian who loved his chosen country with all of his heart. He never took for granted the privilege of calling Canada home, and instilled in his Canadian-born children that sense of patriotism that might otherwise have been taken for granted as a birth-right. At the same time he never forgot the old country Lebanon and ensured this heritage played an important role in his children's lives. Phillip was a man of God. He radiated holiness and the sense of peace that is found in one so loving. His inner grace brought comfort and serenity to those around him. Phillip always saw the good in people, had a kind word to share and time to spare for friends, family and strangers alike. His witty sense of humour, which could lighten the darkest of times, brought much joy and laughter to his loved ones. In 1952 he joined the Knights of Columbus, marking the start of 60 years in the brotherhood and a remarkable journey as a Knight. Phillip earned every degree and distinction there was to earn, including the prestigious Fourth Degree. He held the positions of Grand Knight and State Deputy, but it was the title of State Treasurer that he cherished the most. For more than 20 years he guarded the District's money as if it were his own and remained uncontested in the position. He and his beloved wife Patricia were one of the first to be married at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in 1962. His family was a pillar of the parish until it closed in 2010. He was a volunteer religion teacher for many years at Rockingham School. Family meant everything to him, and he shared a rare and loving bond that was unbreakable, with his wife of 50 years, Patricia, his children, grandchildren, siblings and their spouses, nieces and nephews. Phillip had a passion for gardening and an amazing green thumb. He grew beautiful roses and surrounded his home with the flowers his wife loved so much. His vegetable gardens overflowed year after year, and he was most famous for his cousa, mint and tomatoes. Finally, he loved a great hockey game and was a devote Montreal Canadiens fan. He leaves a legacy that will live on in his children, grandchildren, and all those who had the privilege of being touched by his love. We are heartbroken by our loss. Phillip is survived by his children, Marianne, Peter (Leona) and Patricia all of Halifax, and Paula, Calgary, his grandchildren Rachel, Phillip and Peter, sisters Yasmine and Georgette, sisters-in-law Margo, Laurence and Margo, many beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia, parents Anthony and Mariam Arab, brothers George, Chucri, Toufic and John and brothers-in-law, Maurice Fares and Jamil Francis. Donations may be made in Phillip's memory to World Vision and to the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Visitation will be held at Snow's Funeral Home, Lacewood Drive, Friday, June 22 from 2-4 in the afternoon and 7-9 in the evening. Funeral mass will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church on Saturday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m, with Father Paul Morris officiating. Please visit: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com

"Dear Marianne, Peter, Paula and Patricia, My sincere condolenences on the passing of your father. His passing being so close to your mother's loss is..." Harry Soper (Dartmouth, NS)

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