Phillip D. Booker Sr.
Born on October 7, 1919 in Fredericton, NB; Phil was a son of the late Jack and Mildred (Sturgeon) Booker. He was 89.
Phil started his working career in the lumber industry before joining the Canadian Air Force in 1939 where he was an instructor of small arms and chemical warfare. In 1941 Phil married Marion Rose Sayers. He was posted in several different cities in Ontario, Quebec and across eastern Canada. Upon his return to Fredericton he attended UNB and then worked in the lumber industry. In 1953 he joined the Fredericton Police Force where he worked for over 20 years. He then retired from the police force and finished his career as a union representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), he retired in 1984.
During his career he held the following positions: President of New Brunswick Police Association; President of CUPE; elected 3 year term with the NB Federation of Labour; member of The Board of Governors for the University of New Brunswick and a member of the Fredericton Legion Branch #4.
After retirement Phil spent his time hunting, trapping and salmon fishing, he was an avid gardener and enjoyed nature.
He is survived by his children Marion MacKinnon of Stanley, Phillip Booker Jr. (Marguerite) of Fredericton, Donald Booker (Linda) of Fredericton, Katherine Greer of Fredericton, Barbara Rees (Alan) of Fredericton, Carolyn Storey of Fredericton, Sharon Booker of Fredericton, and James Booker (Karen) of Oshawa, ON; 24 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Dear friend Joan Blacquier of Fredericton and her family Glendine Mahoney of Fredericton, Gary Blacquier of Alberta, Barbara Blacquier of Fredericton, Brenda Traboulsee (David) of Fredericton, John Blacquier (Kim) of Fredericton and Heather McLaughlin (Charlie) of British Columbia; 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Marion Rose Sayers; his five brothers John Booker (Lois), George Booker (Dorothy), James Booker (Shirley), Albert Booker (Blondine), Earl Booker (Dolly) and three sisters Pearl Hanson (Roy), Gladys Kitchen (George), Queenie Rosborough (Norman); and two great grandchildren.
No visitation. A funeral service will take place at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, 512 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, NB on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 at 2pm with The Rev. Douglas E. Blaikie presiding. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service.
Honourary pallbearers for the service will be Sheldon Geldart, Donnie Lee Booker, John Blacquier, Ernest Lean, Bobby Wilson and Terry Bowlen.
Donations may be made to IWK, Fredericton Food Bank and Children’s Wish Foundation.
Phil was dearly loved by his family and friends. He gave his life to helping others and serving the community. He will be missed and remembered by everyone around him including his nature friends.
Online condolences may be expressed through www.bishopsfuneralhome.com
Saturday, April 4, 2009