McPHAIL, Hector Joseph

Posted: May 1st, 2013

December 24, 1944 – April 28, 2013 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Joe McPhail, beloved husband of Anne McPhail (nee O’Reilly) of Calgary, AB, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at the age of 68 years, after a short illness.

Joe was a loving son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and son-in-law. He was born in Toronto on December 24, 1944 to Rose and Hector McPhail. Joe grew up in Toronto and did all of his schooling there except for two years spent in California with his sister Betty. Joe became a journeyman sheet metal worker and worked in that trade for forty-three years in Toronto, Medicine Hat and Calgary. He was a proud union man and loved his trade. Joe served two terms as President of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 30, 1988-1991 and 1993-1994. In 1994, he became a Business Agent until he retired in 2006. Joe also seated as a Trustee to the Pension and Welfare Committee on December 3, 1991 before becoming elected to the chair on June 4, 1996 and held that seat until July 31, 2006 when he retired. Joe married the love of his life Anne on June 25, 1983 and a year later moved back to Toronto where they lived and worked for twenty-four years. In 2008, they moved back to Calgary to be closer to his children and Anne’s family. Joe was a gregarious and enthusiastic individual who was always up for a party. He was full of life and above all loved his family. He was generous, kind and outspoken with an amazing sense of humour that he shared with everyone he met. He loved his pets, Lucy, Willy and Spike. One of his favorite things to do each day was to walk his beloved Lucy. Joe loved good Scotch, good wine and good food. He was an avid golfer and devoted Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Joe will be lovingly remembered and missed by many. Joe is survived by his loving wife Anne; son James “JJ” McPhail; and daughters, Marcia (John) Conway and Sarah McPhail. He is also survived by his sisters, Betty (Brian) O’Kelly, Jean Vangel, Rosemary (Sherry) Trombley, and Margaret McPhail (Mike); brother Frank (Vivian) McPhail; brother-in-law John Hall; and grandchildren, Liam, Haidyn, Kera, Kayli, Kevin, and Kyle. Joe was predeceased by his father Hector; mother Rose; sisters, Marjorie Hall and Kathleen McPhail; sister-in-law Michelle O’Reilly; and brother-in-law Al Vangel. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) today, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In living memory of Joe McPhail, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB T2E 2V6 Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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  1. dawn says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. John 3:16 promises everlasting life, an eternity of time to enjoy being with those we love. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  2. Margaret Simon says:

    Anne, JJ, Marcia, Sarah and family,
    We were so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I remember him from our parents’ parties back in the 80’s)and he was quite the character. I have no doubt he will have a welcoming committee our Dad included (Robert McCulloch)to meet him at the Pearly gates with a “wee swally”. Your are all in our thoughts and prayers. Margaret, Jean and Catherine. xxxxx

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