It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Philip Thomas Smith, on Saturday, April 30, 2022, in New Westminster, BC. Phil is survived by his four children, Jimmy, Crystal, Elizabeth and Nickolas. Phil was a brother, uncle, father, grandfather and great-grandfather during his life. After a 2-month battle at Royal Columbian Hospital, Phil passed peacefully. As always, he kicked ass even during his time in hospital. He kept his sense of humour, even throughout the hardest days. You could always find a nurse smiling at his jokes and humorous faces.
Phil was a long-haul truck driver for 42 years which took him all across Canada. His son Nick will always remember the adventures they had, rocking to Shania Twain on the road. On one infamous trip in 2017, he appeared on Highway Through Hell (Season 6, Episode 7 – Hell of a Ride). Instead of potentially harming those on the road during a snowstorm, he threw himself and his truck into a ditch. He always thought of others before himself and he will live on as our family’s TV star.
Phil will forever be remembered for his humour, love of beer and his blue Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a kind man with a big heart who was a father and brother to everyone he met. We know he’s lighting fires and kicking tires on the other side. Cheers to a great man x