Philip Henry Gamester

Peacefully on Sunday April 14, 2013 at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, at the age of 91. Philip was the beloved husband of Helen (2004). Loving father of Judy (a.k.a. Jill) (Jim Killoran, 2007) of Vancouver and Wendy (John) Bacola of Stouffville. Cherished grandfather of Benjamin (Annie) Bacola, Marylin (Bobby) Farshchi, Matthew Bacola and Jasmine Bacola. Cherished great grandfather of Roxana Farshchi. Survived by sister Maisie (Frank, 2006) Goodwin, recently of Camlachie. Uncle to John Goodwin (1996)(Pat Waring of Port Lambton), Philip Goodwin of Vancouver, Joy (Bill) Cafazzo of Camlachie, Mark (Alice) Goodwin of Malaysia, and Ruth (Terry) Lamb of Kelowna, BC. Predeceased by his sister-in-law, the late Wynne (Rev. Roden) Evans of Woodstock. Also Uncle to Janet Snider (Scott) of Bayfield, Ken Evans (Maria) of Guelph, Steve Evans (Karen) of London, and Jean (Doug) Shippey of Woodstock. Phil was born in Worthing England in 1922 and served in the British Royal Navy during WWII from 1940 – 1946. Philip immigrated to Canada with his wife in 1947 and lived in Sarnia ever since. Phil became a member of Branch 62 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia. From 1954 until his retirement he had his own business: Gamester Advertising Specialties. He enjoyed singing and sang solos for many of the local churches. He also loved politics and was 3 times a candidate for the Federal Parliament. He liked people and he loved LIFE. Special thanks to his niece and nephew-in-law, Joy & Bill Cafazzo of Camlachie who so faithfully attended Phil in his final years. Also, special thanks to Trillium Villa Nursing Home for their kind care of Phil in his last 4 years. Special thanks to Ruth Haughey who chauffeured Phil to several doctor appointments. Special thanks to his former secretary, Jo-ella Nickels, who kindly visited Phil at Trillium Villa bringing fond memories of her mom, Elsie Pyette, who was the life of the Gamester Advertising Office on Christina Street back in the 60’s and 70’s. Special thanks to the staff and friends of Fairwinds Lodge for his happy 5 years there. Special thanks to Chris Cooke of First Monday who commissioned Phil to write monthly articles for his paper. Special thanks to the entire team of faithful salesmen that represented Gamester Advertising across Canada and to John Hopman, salesman, who surprised Phil only last week by bringing Steve Levschuk, general manager of Talbot Marketing to visit him. Special thanks to Mayor Mike Bradley who kindly gave Phil a ride downtown when he had to give up his driver’s license a few years back. Special thanks to the Sarnia Transit drivers who allowed Phil to sing on the bus as he rode into town. Special thanks to the friends that welcomed Phil back into the choir at St. George’s (All Saints) Anglican Church. Special thanks to Sheila Smith who accompanied Phil at many solos and brought fond memories of the Polymer Glee Club where Phil shared the leading roles in many operettas with his lovely wife, Helen, under the leadership of Clem Cassidy. These are just a few of the reasons why Phil loved Sarnia. Friends may gather to meet the family at the McCORMACK FUNERAL HOME – STEWART CHAPEL, 254 George Street (at College Avenue) on Thursday, April 25th from 12 noon with a Service of Remembrance to follow at 1 o’clock pm. Interment of cremated remains to follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Phil’s Guestbook” at Donations to the Royal Canadian Poppy Fund, 286 Front St. N., Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 5S7 would be gratefully appreciated.

Funeral / Memorial Services

Thursday, April 25, 2013

McCORMACK FUNERAL HOME – STEWART CHAPEL, 254 George Street (at College Avenue) on Thursday, April 25th for a Service Remembrance at 1 o’clock pm.


Donations to the Royal Canadian Poppy Fund, 286 Front St. N., Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 5S7 would be gratefully appreciated.


Phil, Helen and the girls have been very special people to me over the years. I sang with both Helen and Philip in the late sixties, helped lead a youth group at the local church (with their girls) and as recently as a few years ago sang duets with Phil. Including a rousing rendition of O Sole Mio that brought the house down. Phil, (and I) were so proud that we could recapture again times of years gone by. I visited him for a while when he was at Fairwinds, then again due to frailty we said our goodbyes as he no longer wished to have our get togethers. It became to painful for him. Wendy, I apologise for not being there for his celebration of life as I have been out of town until last evening. I shall miss him but I will always remember him as a good friend, a man of conviction, love and caring and a proud father. Most of all, a man with a musical talent that few today will be able to compare.
May you and the family share in the wondeful memories of a "grand father", father and friend!

Malcolm Heaton

Sarnia  Ont  Canada
Monday, April 29, 2013

I have many great memories with Phil. may God bless Phil, our condolences to Jill, Wendy and family

Dan and Family Adams

Petrolia  Ontario  Canada
Saturday, April 20, 2013

We express our sympathy to Judy,and Wendy. I worked for Phil back in the late sixties into the middle seventies selling for him. He was always very helpful and very kind in all my dealings with Phil. In fact he helped me several times in allowing me to purchase his car so as to pull the trailor that I had with specialty advertising in it. I do remember seeing the picture in Life Magazine many times as Phil was so proud of it.
I was called into the Baptist ministry in the middle seventies and so left Gamester Advertising at that time to go to school at Mac in Hamilton and become the pastor of a small Baptist church in that area. From our first church at Jerseyville we move to near Simcoe, ON to another small church and was pastor there for 22 years where I retired from in 2008.
Yes Lynnda and I do have great memories of your father. I am sure you will miss him greatly.
Do know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings and God's love.
Rev. Allan and Lynnda Burr (formely of Forest, ON)

Rev. Allan and Lynnda Burr

Waterford,   Ontario  Canada
Friday, April 19, 2013