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UELAC Honoured Benefactor, Sqd. Ldr. Phillip Edward Meric Leith UE, DFC, CMH, M.Sc., BSA, B.Com.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Phillip Edward Meric Leith UE, our UELAC Honoured Benefactor, on 14 November 2006, at the Lions Gate Hospital, West Vancouver. Amid floral tributes from his beloved UELAC Vancouver and Chilliwack Branches, many UEL members attended his funeral service and Celebration of Life on Sunday, 18 November 2006, at St. Francis-in-the-Wood Anglican Church.

Born in Toronto on 19 June 1914 to Olga R.S. Leith and Thomas G. Leith OBE, Phillip was the brother of the late Thelma Wall. He was educated at Wixenford (Ludgrove) and Eton. After graduation, he became employed by the Royal Bank of Canada in London, England. At the outbreak of World War Two, Phillip trained as a Navigator in the RCAF and was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross by King George VI in 1942.

After the war, Phillip earned degrees in Agriculture and Commerce and, over the next sixty years, spent time between properties and interests in Canada's west coast and in Scotland.

Phillip always tried to live a good Christian life and was passionate about his faith, his ancestry and the natural world. An animated storyteller, Phillip enjoyed regaling his friends with stories amid much laughter.

Phillip was a generous and charitable man and his generosity has created links between Loyalist descendants from the east coast to the west coast, while his Phillip Leith UELAC Trust assures the future of the UELAC.

Our Honoured Benefactor will be sadly missed by friends and family, including his nieces, Jane Nicolai and Susan Hoffman; his nephews, Richard and Thomas Wall in South Africa; his cousins, Felix Meister of Vancouver Island, Angela Ritchie and family from Two Mountains, Quebec, the Cox-Rogers family and extended family in London, England.

His family mottoes, "Trustee to the End" and "Non Timeo Sed Caveo--I fear not but I watch out," exemplify his life.

For a further biography about Phillip Edward Meric Leith UE, please refer to his life story, published in The Loyalist Gazette, Volume XLIII, No. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 16-18.

Robert C. McBride UE, B.Sc., M.Ed.
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