Phillip Lamoureux of Edmonton passed away peacefully February 15 at the age of 84 years. He is survived by his loving family: Lena, his wife of 54 years, and seven children: Anne Marie (Rudy) Ongaro, Gerald (Joanne), Michael (Olga), Stephen (Karen), Darryl (Shannon), Neil (Anita) and Monique (Steven). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, his sister Denise Hogg and his brother Clement (Doreen). He is predeceased by his parents, Stephen and Aurore, and sisters Marguerite and Aimee.
Originally from Gibbons, Phillip completed a B.Ed. at the U of Alberta and a PhD in Ed. Admin. Phillip worked as a teacher, school administrator, superintendent and high school inspector before joining the Department of Education to lead the development of second language programs in Alberta and a review of the secondary school program. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Francophone school boards in Alberta.
Phillip and Lena married in 1956. Seven children followed, each encouraged to work to their fullest abilities. Phillip was thrilled by his expanding family; he helped raise his grandchildren, teasing them and delighting in their presence.
Phillip had a deep commitment to his community and was active at St Pius X Church, the Marian Centre, Camp Encounter and Change for Children. Phillip and Lena established the Lamoureux Award in Special Education at the U of A.
Phillip was an intelligent, thoughtful, good and gentle man who treated all people with respect, politeness and dignity, striving for fairness and justice. He is still dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Prayers will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 13072 Sherbrooke Ave, Edmonton on Monday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m, followed by a Mass at the same location on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The family thanks the staff at the CHOICE Program at Norwood and Dickinsfield, and Kensington Cottage for their tender and compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Marian Centre.