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Friday November 2, 2012

CALLAHAN, Philip Lawrence Canute
Philip Callahan died peacefully on October 24, 2012 at St. Anne's Veterans Hospital in Ste-Anne-de- Bellevue, Québec, where he received exceptional loving care. Philip was born in Montreal on June 8, 1920. He was the eleventh child of John and Margaret Callahan (nee Byrne). His brothers and sisters were Alvin, Martin, John, Ambrose, Bob, Lillian, Frances, Patricia, Alice and Clara. Philip married the love of his life, Joyce Louisa Tilbury, in London, England on September 22nd, 1945 after serving from early 1940 in the Canadian army overseas including action as a signalman on the front lines of the infamous Battle of Monte Casino from July 1943 to December 1944. In 1945, he marched into Holland with his Canadian comrades to liberate that country. Thereafter, he spoke very little of his war experiences. Returning to Canada in 1946, with his British bride, Philip's career flourished from salesman to accountant to the Comptroller of Mack Trucks Canada and, ultimately, to Comptroller & Secretary-Treasurer of Picker X-Ray Engineering in Montreal from which he retired in 1975. Philip and Joyce had five children: Pauline Louisa, Pamela Joan, Audrey Marian, Donald Philip and Robert Stephen. Tragically, Robert predeceased his father in 2006. Grandchildren include Michael, Mark, Julie and Brenda Gentile (Pamela and Giorlando), Lindsay and Robert Davies (Audrey and John), Alexander and Christopher Callahan (Donald and Susan Linton), Julia and Patrick Callahan (Donald and Andrea) and Kathryn Callahan (Robert and Lise Brisebois). Philip was a brave soldier, a loving husband, a committed and generous father, a successful businessman and a devout Catholic. He was a man of many gifts including a towering intellect, an uncanny command of an immense vocabulary, and an ever- simmering sense of Irish humour. He faced the world with courage and integrity and he leaves us, just as he had always urged us, with a smile. A private funeral, attended by immediate family, took place at Kane and Fetterly Funeral Home in Montreal on October 27, 2012.

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