Philip Watson Willis
Philip Watson Willis of Quispamsis, husband of W. Christie (Arthurs) Willis, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at the Saint John Regional Hospital. Born in Saint John on May 12, 1917, he was a son of the late James and Beatrice (Green) Willis. Mr. Willis was a Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick. A Veteran of World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a member and lay-reader of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Rothesay, and in his spare time enjoyed reading, hiking, and was an avid traveller.
In addition to his wife of nearly 70 years, Philip is survived by his children, Dr. Stephen Willis (Judith) of Rothesay, Mary Osborne (Ted) of London, ON, Katherine Willis (Jeff Dalcourt) of Kingston, ON, Elizabeth Kromer (Robert) of Montague, PE, Elaine Willis (Richard Chakowski) of Kingston, ON; grandchildren Alexander, Susan and Rachel Willis, Matthew, Sarah and Emily Osborne, Erich, Philip, and Isabel Kromer, James Willis, Edward and John Chakowski; and several nieces and nephews. Philip was predeceased by a daughter, Margaret Willis; a grandson David Willis; and by siblings Isabel O’Neill, James Willis, Stuart "Granville" Willis, and Janet McAuley.
Resting at Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John (634-7424), with visiting on Friday, November 18, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 1:00 PM from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Rothesay. Interment will take place in St. Luke’s Cemetery, Gondola Point. For those who wish, remembrances to St. Paul’s Anglican Church, the Saint John Community Foundation, the University of New Brunswick, or to any charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.