We are incredibly saddened to announce the death of our beloved father, Phillip Steele, on September 8, 2021. Dad was finishing off his summer with total joy at a long-awaited reunion in Lake O’ Law, Cape Breton, with his two sisters and brothers in law, a gathering that wasn’t possible throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. While breakfast was cooking on Wednesday morning at the cottage, Dad wasn’t feeling well and stepped outside for some air. His sister was beside him keeping him company, as he quietly and suddenly lost consciousness. We are so incredibly grateful for the extensive resuscitation efforts by family and friends until Emergency Health Services arrived. Dad was only 62, vibrant, joyful, seemingly healthy, and full of fun and mischief. We took our time for granted with him, and truly believed we had so much more time left with him. Dad’s heart may have failed him but it has never failed us. He leaves behind well-loved family and friends, with hearts full of many joyful memories that we will cherish forever. Every text was signed “All my love, Dad”, and in our hearts we know that this would be the last phrase he would have said to us.
Allan Phillip Steele was born November 30, 1958, in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, NS. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Alexander and Christina (MacIntyre) Steele. He spent most of his early years in Boisdale, where his father was station master for CN Rail.
He leaves behind his four children, Chrissy (Jeff), Antigonish, NS, Lindsay (Dennis), Coquitlam, BC, Alexander, Trenton, ON, Jenna, Antigonish, NS, and Carol (mother of his children). He will be deeply missed by his beloved grandchildren, Charlotte, Dallas, Angus and Viola. Papa adored his grandchildren, and hardly ever missed an Antigonish hockey game, volleyball game, 4H event or any day that involved cake. Sweet Viola was just starting to get to know Papa, at the tender age of 3, and loved having him all to herself in BC, where he built her a custom “big girl” bed with pride and love.
He will be deeply missed by his two sisters, Morah (Glynn) Campbell, Rothesay, NB, and Sandra (Barry) Melski, Sweaburg, ON, along with his nieces and nephews, Kyle (Jessica), Michelle (Robbie), Curtis, Nathan (Dani) and Rosemary, grandniece and nephews, Leah, Declan and Arthur.
A Funeral mass will take place Monday, September 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Andrew Church in Boisdale, Cape Breton, NS with Father Varghese officiating. There will be a reception following the mass at the Boisdale Volunteer Fire Hall, where all are welcome, COVID protocols will be in place.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Dad, we hope you are looking at us laughing and shaking your head, having a little drink of something, and listening to some fiddle tunes with Nana and Papa……all our love forever Dad.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of the W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.wjdooley.com
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