Phil Zakoor

Phil Zakoor

March 16, 1936 - August 15, 2020
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Phil Zakoor

Passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the age of 84 surrounded by loved ones. Beloved husband of the late Dolores (nee Dugal) (2007). Cherished father of Terri and husband Jeff Mosher, Phil and wife Cindy (nee Gelinas), Virginia, Patti and husband Gerry Bezaire, Paul and wife Karen (nee Friesen) and Sarah and husband Brad Wilder. Loving Jiddi of Amanda, Philip, Stephanie, Kathleen-Rose, Kelly, Malorie, Emily, Erika, Jaquelyn, Julia, Robbie, and Matthew. Dear son of the late Joseph and Sarah Zakoor. Survived by his brother Bud (the late Eileen) and brother-in-law Moe Veldhuizen (the late Donna). Predeceased by his siblings Ursula, Eddie, Gord, Louise, Mary-Jane “Pinky”, Larry, Nina, Barbara-Ann and their spouses. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Phil retired from Brights Wine Ltd. in 1989. In the same year, he became the first CAE of Ontario Knights of Columbus State Office. Phil was tasked with transforming the records site to a fully functional communications office which included automation of the annual convention, and the first iteration of their online presence.

He was an Honorary Life Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 13335 St. Peter’s Maronite, and Fourth Degree member of the Dean Wagner Assembly. Phil was the former Supreme Director for Canada and also served in many other executive positions for the Knights of Columbus since joining the Order in 1957.

Phil was a passionate volunteer, serving his community on many boards throughout his life and well into retirement.

His greatest joy was family. Bonding with his children and grandchildren during special occasions and simple phone calls always brought him pleasure. His sense of humour and laughter will be greatly missed.

Phil was a long-term loyal but somewhat disappointed fan of the Detroit Lions and Toronto Maple Leafs. He never stopped cheering them on and was determined a miracle would happen in his lifetime, but alas it didn’t. His newfound loyalty to the Toronto Raptors was an unexpected and glorious success. Phil was a dedicated fan of the Detroit Tigers as well.

On Friday, August 21, 2020 reservations and personal face coverings are required to attend visitation from 3-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841. You can reserve your time for visitation using the RSVP buttons for each visitation time below.

On Saturday, August 22, 2020 all are welcome to view the LiveStream of the Funeral Mass from home beginning at 11:00 a.m. Please refer to the Families First website. A link to view the Mass will be added here before Saturday.


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  • Visitation

    Friday August 21, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday August 21, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Families First - South Windsor
    3260 Dougall Ave
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday August 21, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday August 21, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Families First - South Windsor
    3260 Dougall Ave
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  • Service

    Saturday August 22, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday August 22, 2020 11:00am
    Online Celebration Of Life
    On Saturday, August 22, 2020 all are welcome to view the LiveStream of the Funeral Mass from home beginning at 11:00 a.m. A link to view will be available on this page before Saturday.


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Peter and Denise Hrastovec

Posted at 02:43pm
Wishing the Zakoor family our condolences. Trusting that loving memories of a life well-lived will sustain you. May his memory be a constant blessing for all.

Gerald Thibeault

Posted at 03:55pm
Sincere sympathies on the passing of Phil. Wishing all of you cherished memories. Rest in peace.

Paul Crawford

Posted at 12:23pm
Dear Zakoor Family
We have so many fond memories of Phil and Dolores through our time spent together in the Knights of Columbus.
We send you our sincere condolences in your loss. We pray for Phil for eternal rest with God, and for all of you that the good Lord will comfort you.
So sorry we could not be with you in person. Thank you so much for arranging to live stream Phil's funeral Mass.
many blessings,
Paul and Nancy Crawford

Anne Louise Bannon

Posted at 11:47am
Dear Zakoor "Cousins",
My dear godfather always loomed larger than life in my mind: his largesse in character, in laughter, in his convictions and faith and, most of all, in his love of all of you and Aunt Dolores come to mind. The Bannons, fortunately, were beneficiaries of his generosity of spirit. Some of our best childhood memories are of the two families coming together for some adventure or another. Thomasene, Kelly Anne and I recently reminisced about Uncle Phil banging two garbage can lids together to wake everyone up in the mornings on Houghton Lake.
Phil Sr., Terri, Ginny, Patti, Paul and Sarah: I hope you know that I very much wanted to be with you today but circumstances prevented me. You are all in my heart and in my prayers. God bless,
Anne Louise

David Plaxton

Posted at 09:05am
Heartfelt condolences to Terri and Jeff and the entire Zakoor family. I'll be sure to raise a glass to your Dad when the Leafs bring home the Cup! Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

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