Dr. Ian James Philp

Dr. Ian James Philp

Apr 25, 1932 – Dec 9, 2017
It is with regret that we announce the passing of Dr. Ian Philp, at Vernon, BC on Dec. 9, 2017 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s in the last few years.

Dr. Philp was born to Scottish immigrants in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, on April 25, 1932. He spent his formative years there and after completing high school, he obtained a Degree in Divinity from Saint Andrew’s College in Saskatoon. After marrying Margaret in 1954, they moved to Aneroid where he worked as a minister for the United Church.

His dream was to become a medical doctor and in 1965 he graduated with an MD from the U of S. He moved with his family to Vernon, where he worked in Lumby for 2 years before joining the Vernon Medical Clinic.

Dr. Philp had a rich and rewarding career that spanned 50 years. He was Chief of Staff of VJH from 1995-2000, he shared his expertise as mentor, administrator and educator with his colleagues, as well as being involved in the local and provincial medical communities.

He was a well-respected, kind and trusted doctor who devoted his life to providing care and comfort to his patients. Dr. Philp will be remembered for being a loyal advocate for his large, multi-generational family of patients.

One of his many passions in life was music and he loved playing his various ‘horns’ in the Swing and Community bands.

He is predeceased by his parents, William and Margaret Philp, his sisters, Margaret McKay and Betty Travis, and his second wife, Lois.

He is survived by his first wife, Margaret Nelson, his son, David Philp, his daughters, Barbara Obonsawin, and Sharon Isaak, and his grandchildren, Andrew and Kathryn Nydam.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 26, 2018, at the Vernon United Church. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent in Dr. Philp’s memory to the Age Action Society of BC (www.ageaction.ca) for giving Ian tremendous personal assistance, or to the Alzheimer’s Society, Canada (www.alzheimer.ca)

The family can be contacted at ianphilpmemorial@gmail.com

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