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Kenneth Phipps

Kenneth George Wesley Phipps

Monday, August 8th, 1927 - Saturday, June 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Kenneth George Wesley Phipps
August 8, 1927 – June 13, 2020

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” Psalm 116:15

Although family and friends mourn the loss of our beloved husband, father and grandfather Kenneth George Wesley Phipps, we rejoice in knowing he is alive more than ever now, praising his Heavenly Father for all eternity. Kenneth will be lovingly remembered by his wife Mary Leone, his children Mary Anne (Brad), David (Natalie) and Robert (Alison) and his 6 grandchildren Logan, Sawyer (Aimee), Mariah, Kalyn, Madelyn and Jake. One of 5 siblings, Kenneth grew up on a farm just outside of Thornbury, Ontario. After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto, he taught science, agriculture and horticulture at Banting Memorial High School for 35 years. Remembering hundreds of his students by name, Mr. Phipps began one of the most successful agricultural programs in Simcoe County. His students benefited from animals, a barn, gardens and a prolific greenhouse. Ken loved his community and the people of Alliston. He was a past president of the Alliston District Horticultural Society, a Registered Ontario Master Gardener and a founding member of the local Master Gardener program here in Simcoe County. Ken served 10 years with the St. John’s Ambulance. He and his wife Mary Leone served as mission volunteers in Grenada and in the Barbados with YWAM (Youth with a Mission). They had many wonderful years travelling the globe together. Ken lived out his faith daily. He participated in his weekly bible study groups and was a long-standing member of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church here in Alliston as well as St. George’s Anglican Church in Thornbury. Ken’s family would invite you to share your thoughts, memories or stories at www.druryfuneralcentre.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Matthew’s House or a charity of your choice. A private family celebration of his life will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Alliston. The Phipps family express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Matthew’s House for the wonderful, loving care provided.
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Debra Grenier-Hayes

Posted at 12:15pm
I just read this on the Banting H.S. site, I am so sorry to hear of Mr Phipps passing. I was lucky enough to have him for a horticultural c;lass. It was one of the more enjoyable classes I took in school. I remember him as being such a wonderful kind person, always nice to everyone in class and in the school in general. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all and I am very sure the Good Lord will welcome him into His Garden .
H

Hal & Madelyn Rutledge

Posted at 12:14pm
Dear Mary Leone, Mary Anne, David, Rob and families
Please accept our sincere condolences. Mr Phipps was a wonderful gentleman and teacher. We had the pleasure of getting to know some of his beautiful family, Mary Anne, at Banting and Rob at Alectra over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
BK

Bill Keogh

Posted at 12:45pm
Shocking to see this obituary in the local paper. That face that so many recognize as a pillar to the institute where we grew and learned to grow.
Truly one of the most memorable instructors / characters of Banting's history! He definitely had the largest classroom. I'm sure Thousands of students have many very positive memories of the man we called "Farmer Phipps".
Condolences to his family, friends coworkers and students. He will be missed.
I suggest everyone plant a small tree in his memory....
Bill Keogh

Bronwen Parsons

Posted at 06:48pm
I only knew Kenneth for a couple of years, but what a delightful, kind and gracious man. He was such a vital part of our "Scripture & Life" Bible study at St. Andrew's. We all waited in great anticipation for his thoughts and reflections. A truly beautiful soul.
May God give comfort and blessing to Mary Leone and the family.
Bronwen Parsons
CK

Charles and Janice Kozuskanich

Posted at 03:18pm
Deepest sympathy to Mary Lee and family. May the prayers of family and friends be a comfort to you in your loss and bring you peace of mind and heart. The gardens at the top of the street were always kept in beautiful shape.
Blessings, Chuck and Janice Kozuskanich
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