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Saturday September 8, 2018



Philip William Bruce Creighton, FCA, ODT, died at 89 on August 4, 2018, in South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, Bracebridge. He was born on May 18, 1929 in Toronto, son of Donald Grant Creighton and Luella Sanders Bruce Creighton, treasured brother of Cynthia Flood; beloved husband and best friend of Phyllis (nee Manning), whom he married August 7, 1954; loving father of Lisa Creighton (Tim Hyslop), Jane (deceased), Angus, and Stephen (Elizabeth Sillett), and grandfather of Margaret, Shannon, Victor, and Ross Hyslop, Jack and Claire Creighton. Phil was educated at Jarvis Collegiate, Trinity College, University of Toronto (BA 1951), and Balliol College, University of Oxford (MA). A chartered accountant, he worked in Thorne, Mulholland, Howson, and MacPherson, and Clarkson Gordon. A creative communicator, Phil did continuing education for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO), and served on its council. He co-founded Caron Creighton, and later taught accounting at Centennial College, and then at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, the University of Toronto, and York University. He was always liked by his students. He maintained his own practice as a public accountant, focusing on charities and not-for-profits, until October 2016. Phil was an accomplished author, penning articles on accounting for journals and for the Financial Post. Commissioned by the ICAO for its centennial, he wrote A sum of yesterdays: a history of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (1984), an engaging book lauded in the Canadian Historical Review as largely a masterful and eloquent history of business in Canada. He contributed 16 entries to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. A man of integrity and faith, he served in many capacities in St. Philip the Apostle (Anglican) over 40 years and on the board of its Community Resource Centre, at the diocesan Aurora Centre, and on the ecumenical Task Force on the Churches and Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as the diocesan audit review committee, and he was made a member of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto in 2013. He loved his dogs and cats; Muskoka and the cottage with his family; his garden; gourmet cooking ; art, books, music, opera, ballet, and theatre. Witty, perceptive, gentle, inimitable, he is deeply missed by his family. Visitation at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. West on Thursday, September 20, 7-9 p.m., and memorial service there, with reception following, Saturday, September 22 at 1 p.m. No flowers, please; to honour him, give to Project Ploughshares (Waterloo) ( or the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund.

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