Fittingly at the Kerry Vickar Centre, a marquee venue Kevin Phillips spearheaded in Melfort, locals and colleagues gathered for his funeral on Monday.
The 63-year-old MLA for the Melfort constituency died suddenly on Nov. 13. Premier Brad Wall was among the many members of the legislature that attended the funeral. Wall praised his colleague when speaking.
“His example of one of humility and humour, he had a great sense of humour. His example is a positive effect. He effected change in this part of the world, this part of our province through his business efforts, through his advocations and his service work and volunteerism,” Wall told the crowd.
Phillips was part of the legislature since being elected in 2011, prior to that position he served as the city’s mayor for five years. Wall pointed to another facility in the city that Phillips was a key driver behind, the North East Outreach Support Services shelter, the first of its kind constructed in the province since 1989.
“He was passionate; he was passionate about you, the people he served. He was passionate about what might be of help and service to this community, no where was that more evident than his passion for the domestic violence centre,” Wall said.
Prince Albert Carlton MLA Joe Hargave also spoke during the celebration of life, although they only worked in the legislature together since 2016, they crossed paths in their work owning car dealerships. Hargrave said Phillips was a man of his word from the first time they met.
“The first time I shook his hand I could feel his honesty, his integrity. I could feel his character. I guess that’s why we became good friends and business partners,” Hargrave said.
Many current and past MLAs and civic politicians were on hand. Leader of the opposition Trent Wotherspoon also attended.
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