Philip Potter

Philip Potter

Monday, March 26th, 1934 - Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
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Philip George Potter, beloved husband, father, and grandfather went to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on August 27, 2019, at the age of 85. At the time he was residing at Kirkland Lake Extendicare.
Born March 26, 1934, to homesteading parents, William and Lily Potter, Phil spent his life living in Beauchamp township, west of Earlton. In 1958 he married Helen Fergusson, and for the next 61 years they lived happily, serving God, raising a family, and making a living.
At the age of 20 Phil realized he was a sinner in need of God’s grace, and accepted God’s gift of salvation through his son Jesus Christ. His life focus was living for Christ: reading the Bible and praying after each meal, meeting with the Christians who gather at the Earlton Gospel Hall, or telling others of his Saviour’s love. He served as an elder for many years in the Earlton assembly.
Phil had several careers, including truck driver hauling logs to the Spruce Falls Paper Mill at Kapuskasing; crane operator with Wabi Iron & Steel, New Liskeard; truck driver, Adam’s Mine, Kirkland Lake; and school bus driver for Kerr & Houghton Bus Lines, later Willard Bus Lines.
However, always there was farming. As owner of Golden Meadow Farms, he raised pedigree beef cattle and crops. He was one of the first to grow trefoil in Temiskaming, as well as raising prize winning Charolais beef cattle. He was a founding member of the Up North Charolais Breeders, the Temiskaming Beef Herd Improvement Club, and active in many farm organizations locally. He delighted in good crops, and planting trees as the opportunity arose.
Family and friends always came first. He enjoyed playing baseball, road hockey, football and table tennis with his children, plus the neighbourhood kids who hung out at their home. He welcomed friends who dropped in to play games or visit.
When he had time, he would fish and hunt, taking in the solitude of the beautiful north.
Phil is survived by his wife Helen, his son Paul (Lorraine,) Barry (Liz,) and daughter Marilyn, as well as 7 grandchildren: Hilary and Nicholas (Paul), Wayne and Wendy (Marilyn), and Emily, Wyatt, and Sally (Barry.)
He is pre-deceased by his daughter, Gwen, his brother John, and sisters Mary, Eileen, and Helen.
Funeral arrangements are by McDonald Funeral Home Ltd., Englehart.
Thursday, August 29, 7-9 p.m. McDonald Funeral Home, 46 4th Ave, Englehart, ON
Friday, August 30, 9:45-10:45 a.m. McDonald Funeral Home, Englehart
Funeral Service: Friday, 11 a.m. Good Shepherd Church, 139 2nd Ave W, conducted by his good friends Stan Fergusson and Larry Pratt.
Philip will be laid to rest at the Earlton Gospel Hall Cemetery, at 2 p.m. Friday.
In memory contributions to the Earlton Gospel Hall Cemetery registered charity, a lifelong care of Phil”s, will be gratefully acknowledged.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, August 29th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    McDonald Funeral Home
    46 4th Ave.
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  • Service

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Good Shepherd Church
    139 2nd Ave.
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  • Interment

    Earlton Gospel Hall Cemetery
    Church Rd.
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Reta Allan

Posted at 03:23am
Dear Helen and Family,
I am sorry to read of Philip's passing. I know you will miss him greatly.
Reta (Glen) Allan

Deborah Dekkers

Posted at 09:12am
It was many years ago but we had the privilege of spending an evening with Philip and Helen at the farm. We had a great meal enjoyed snowmobiling songs laughter and wonderful fellowship with lots of other believers. I remember feeling so blessed.

Merrlyn Morris

Posted at 11:30pm
We are thinking of you Helen, along with all your children. So very sorry to hear of Philip’s passing, the two of you held a very special place in the “heart” of our family, our Mom.
Bill & Merrlyn (Black) Morris

Liz Smith

Posted at 09:46pm
My condolences to Helen & family. Phil always had a smile.

Autumn Prestige Group

Posted at 11:21am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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