McPhail Vernon John 1945 — 2017

McPhail Vernon John

We are saddened to announce the passing of Vernon John McPhail on June 9, 2017 in Kamloops, B.C. with his family by his side.

Vern was predeceased by his Mother Marcella, and Father Jack. He is survived by his daughter Tammy (Scott),stepson Tom(Carol) Poulton, brother Terry, sister Dorothy (Gordon) Delong, grandchildren Tonya and Kelly, great-grandson Seth, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Vern was born in Williams Lake. B.C. on August 15, 1945. He graduated from high school early at the age of 16. Growing up he was an accomplished piano player and hockey player.  He will forever be remembered as a kind, caring and generous person. He had a love of music, dancing, outdoor activities, family and friends.

Vern’s family would like to thank the staff at the Overlander Residential Care facility for their love, compassion and respect they showed him throughout his residency there.

A family gathering and celebration of Vern’s life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

On Life by Vernon McPhail

Everlasting, never ending, generation after generation, such is life to one in a hopeless situation. But life appears in many scopes; a barrel of fun, a handful or hopes. Life is only a journey in time, be it on a train of sadness or ship sublime. The years pass by in a regular fashion, fortune, despair, peace and passion. But like everything else, life must end. Take care not to sway, or like a blade to bend. Take the narrow but the straight road. Carry it prudently but do carry your load. For though it be hard and seem unjust, put your hope in love and in God your trust.

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2 Tributes

  1. Ed Ovington
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I played hockey with Vern in Burnaby during the 1960’s. Great teammate and such a nice person. I wish I had known that he lived in Kamloops as I have been here since 1973. My condolences to the family. I have a nice picture of our “Burnaby Flyers” hockey team. If any family members are interested I can provide copies.

    • Tammy
      Posted June 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      Good evening Ed. Thank you so much for sharing your memory with us. I would love a copy of the picture if you have time. My email address is if you wish to email me and I can provide you with my address. Again, thank you so much!


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