Phil de Freitas



It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Philbrie (Phil) de Freitas on February 21st, 2021. He died peacefully at home with his loved ones beside him at the age of 74 after a lengthy battle with cancer. An infinitely loving Husband, Dad, Grandfather; the patriarch and pillar of our family.

Phil was the epitome and embodiment of the classic Gentleman. With Dad chance day to day meetings would often turn into an opportunity to engage in deep conversation on music, cricket, politics, religion, Shakespeare, and life; no topic was off limit. His penchant for meeting and engaging people wherever he went left a life well lived and loved. Phil will be missed deeply by his brothers, sisters, extended family, and many of those he met along his life’s journey.

Phil is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Georgeana; children; Andrew (Dana), Kevin (Vicky), Kim (Kevin), Amanda (Richard) and 11 grandchildren Jasmine, Isaiah, Lauryn, Michael, Brayden, Sarah, Brianna, Ava, Shiloh, Tristan and Liam. `

Above all, family mattered most to our Dad. He will remain forever in our hearts.

We would like to thank the many individuals who provided care and support over the past few years.

Phil will be laid to rest at Brampton Funeral Home and Cemetery on Friday, February 26th, 2021. A celebration honouring the life of Phil de Freitas will be held when Covid restrictions are lifted.

33 replies
  1. David & Sandy Jackson
    David & Sandy Jackson says:

    The Late Phil and his Fabulous wife, Georgeana have been our friends since Feb 2013 . They have always dedicated themselves to their family & friends . will be sorely missed, and forever remembered by the many who knew and loved him.
    Phil was an extraordinary man. Everywhere he went, he would light up any room with his smile. His sense of humor and kindness made all in his presence know that there have being a profoundly good men in our midst. Phil was a gregarious man and a gracious host to all. He was fun to be around and made whoever he was speaking with feel like they were the only person in the room. He was a generous man, in all senses of the word.
    Inspired by the powerful words of John F. Kennedy, Phil perpetuated his own life’s motto: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” He would always offer his loving support and caring heart to everyone, Phil’s compassion and dedication to his family will forever stay in the hearts of the lives he has touched and the significant difference he has made to others including ours.
    Phil was a high-spirited man, who had formed unforgettable memories with so many who hold him dear to their hearts. We will always remember him and the impact he had made, and we will be continued to celebrate the life he lived. Phil was a true treasure and legacy of an icon. Truth is, there are many living legends among us, but none quite like him. Still Just Cannot Believe He’s Gone ,will be profoundly missed, and forever remembered by the many who knew and loved him RIP Phil!!
    Much Love,
    David & Sandy Jackson

  2. Eustace Roberts Jr.
    Eustace Roberts Jr. says:

    There are no words to express the sadness I feel in my heart at the passing of Uncle Phil. Uncle Phil was a true gentleman and an intellect who could carry on a conversation on anything from grass cutting to rocket science. I have so many fond memories of parties, family gatherings and great conversations with him. I know I’ll tell the stories of those great times. Uncle Phil is gone but he’ll never be forgotten. My deepest condolences Aunt GiGi and family.

  3. Kimra James-Matthias
    Kimra James-Matthias says:

    The grandchildren (Sandra and Kenneth) & great-grandchildren of the late Winnifred James (Aunt Winnie) extends our deepest condolences to the family of our cousin Phil de Freitas. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  4. Kimra James-Matthias
    Kimra James-Matthias says:

    The grandchildren (Sandra & Kenneth) & great-grandchildren of the late Winnifred James (Aunt Winnie) extends sincere condolences to the family of our cousin Phil de Freitas. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  5. Taofik Adeosun
    Taofik Adeosun says:

    With Uncle Phil’s passing the world is a lot poorer and Heaven is a lot richer. Business Man, Antiguan Man, Canadian but most of all Family Man. He was Always somebody to look up to and Always someone you could count on. Uncle Phil will be missed by one and all. I’ll always strive to be as good an Uncle to my nephews and nieces as Uncle Phil was to me.

  6. Jennett Adeosun
    Jennett Adeosun says:

    The sweet smell of sea air
    Salty yet fruity , bitter yet sweet
    It tickles your nose hair
    So that at times you sneeze

    The fragrance of flowers
    With odours so sublime
    That in Eden you think you must be
    For on earth nothing is so fine

    The earth now musky and potent
    Wet,black,full and nourished
    For eons with moisture from the Atlantic
    It’s own special and distinct flavour bring

    All these distinct,yet togetherness
    Cumulate,adhere,attract each other
    To form a potent and distinct flavour
    Which Phill now enjoys in his Island Home,Antigua .

    Blessings upon the family

  7. Lisa and Sateya de Freitas
    Lisa and Sateya de Freitas says:

    My sincerest condolences to the entire family! Uncle Phil was a beloved and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. His legacy will live in all of our hearts. Uncle Phil fought long and hard, he was fueled by his determination to be with his family and friends. His longevity with this fight, illustrates how strong he was. I will always remember his strong, kind and distinctive voice, We all know his voice and presence could light up a room. Though I am sad to see you gone, I am just glad your not in pain anymore, and we understand why you went home. My dear family, even though he is not with us physically anymore, he will always be with us in spirit. Heaven has a new angel, and we all gained a new guardian angel. Rest in Peace My Dear Uncle.

  8. stenlie matthew
    stenlie matthew says:

    The children of Gladstone & Sylvia Matthew (Uncle son and sister), Patrick, Vincent, Aneta and Stenlie express deepest sympathies to Phil’s family. Brother Phil fought a long fight. May all the sweet memories shared with Phil bring solace during this time. Till we all meet again, may he rest with the lord. Be strong.

  9. Yodit Machai
    Yodit Machai says:

    We’re so sorry for your loss Aunt Gigi, Andy, Kevin, Kim, Amanda and family! Our condolences as you grieve. We know words can’t take away the hurt you are feeling, but we want you to know how much we care and let you know you are in our thoughts.
    Love, Yodit and Eric

  10. Lorraine leger
    Lorraine leger says:

    My thoughts and prayers will be with each and everyone of you. I am so sorry for your loss. Phil was a good man and will be in my memories always.

  11. Yodit & Eric
    Yodit & Eric says:

    Aunt Gigi, Andy, Kevin, Kim & Amanda we are so sorry for your loss and extend our condolences as you grieve. We know words can’t take away the hurt you are feeling, but we want you to know how much we care. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Yodit & Eric

  12. Jennett Adeosun(
    Jennett Adeosun( says:

    It is that which came from within ,that made Phil different. That made him one of a kind. His words ,actions and DNA will live on long after he has been gone. Peace,Love Comfort and God’s Blessings ,be with his entire family during this difficult period.

  13. Samantha Gonsalves Payne
    Samantha Gonsalves Payne says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with Aunt Gigi, my cousins & the whole family. Uncle Phil was a loving & kind man. He loved his family and always made everyone feel welcome. I have fond memories of Uncle Phil and I feel blessed not only to have known him but that my children knew him also. Uncle Phil will always be remembered. May his soul rest in peace ????

  14. Janelle Superville
    Janelle Superville says:

    My deepest condolences to Amanda and the entire family, may God bless you all and give you the peace and blessings to deal with your lost . R.I.P De Frètas

  15. Michelle Thomas
    Michelle Thomas says:

    My sincere condolences to the entire family. I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you through this time. My prayers are with all of you.

  16. Juan a. Matthew
    Juan a. Matthew says:

    The Children of Uncle William (Dada) Matthew. Roy, Everette, Juan sadly extend our condolences to Phil’s Family. You fought well; Rest in Peace dear Cousin.

  17. Bryon Nash
    Bryon Nash says:

    Our condolences to Gorgeana and family. Phil would never call by my first name, but was always Father Nash,. He was a master bun Maker. He had stioriies of the railrroad galore. A man of great faith he loved his church. He was such a great support to Gorgeaaa. May he rest in peace and rise in glory with Christ. Well done. You were a great friend. Lynda and Bryon Nash.

  18. Jeffery Roberts
    Jeffery Roberts says:

    Uncle Phil truly was the pillar of our family. From a young age i always saw him as a voice of reason and he always saw something special in me thus why he shared his knowledge of cricket and classic calypso with me. He wasn’t just my uncle and Godfather, he was an inspiration to me. He is no longer in pain and that part makes my heart warm. Sleep well uncle Phil.

  19. Vivian o Roberts
    Vivian o Roberts says:

    My sincere condolences to Gigi and his children and their families.
    Brother Phil ,Uncle Phil as he was affectionately called by me and my children was a sweetheart of a gentle man.Words cannot express the feeling we share in the loss of our brother, Uncle, God father. Brother Phil has fought a good fight .May he rest in Eternal Peace and Rise in Glory and May light perpetual continue to shine upon him.
    Sleep on my brother Heaven has gained a new Angel..We will miss him but God knows best.????????

  20. Marilyn Pearce
    Marilyn Pearce says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to all the de Freitas family. He was a fine gentleman. He will be greatly missed.
    Max and Marilyn Pearce

  21. Tania Guptill
    Tania Guptill says:

    My Condolences to you Kevin and your entire family. It sounds like Phil was an amazing man and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  22. Mike Dolcetti
    Mike Dolcetti says:

    My Condolences to the entire family, I am so happy that he was surround with loved ones and you could be there to be with him. I have the privilege to work with Kevin and have got to know Vicky and Jasmine through him. Phil’s legacy continues in the positive impact and development that I also see in Kevin and his family and how they in turn are making a difference in peoples lives and their community..
    I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts.

  23. Bonita Stockley
    Bonita Stockley says:

    My condolences to all members of Phil’s family. I am a friend of his sisters Carolyn her husband Phil and Jennifer.
    We know his sisters loved him dearly
    You will all remain in my prayers
    May Phil RIP.????


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