Lautenslager, J. Phil

Lautenslager, J. Phil

August 13th, 2019

Passed away at Kensington Village on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Phil was 80. Husband of Wendy. Father of Beth, Patty (Kevin), Candice (David), and Gord. Boppa, Poppa of Zach, Jonah, Anna-Rose, Liam, Tyson and Tamlyn. Special friend of Pat Wilcox. Predeceased by his sister Martha.

Phil always moved around a lot; Kitchener, Toronto, Sudbury, Guelph, Elora, Bentinck, London. He went to school in most of those places, but he spent his career in veterinary medicine in Guelph.

After earning his DVM and PhD in pathology/parasitology, he taught at the Vet College for a few years. He loved teaching!

He finished his career as a veterinary parasitologist for the Province of Ontario; a post lasting more than thirty years.

Phil went to Kensington Village nearly three years ago, starting in Independent Living, through Assisted Living then to Long Term Care just months ago. His care in all three levels was outstanding. He was even cajoled into physio. Imagine!

Dementia is a terrible illness.

Thank you Kim, Doris, KV Staff, Dr. Margrieta Edels and especially Dr. Andrew Whynot. Tracie from Kensington, you run a terrific place.

A memorial reception will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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Paul, Lynn, Sarah, and Evan TRASKIt is with great sadness and shock that we learned of Phil's passing. Our sincere sympathy goes out to Wendy, Candice, Johna, Anna-Rose, Liam, as well as the rest of Phil's family. On occasions, I have had the opportunity to instruct courses at the RCMP HQ in London, as well as the Ontario police college. Quiet often Phil and Wendy would assist me by standing in as role players in scenarios in various public venues around the London area close to their residence. A course instructor, posing as a suspect, would attend various residential and commercial locations, and meet with various characters during the scenario in which course candidates were required to cover surveillance during these meetings. Many times during the debriefing of a scenario in which Phil and Wendy were involved in, candidates would comment that " the lady seemed so nice and innocent to be involved in any type of shady business. But that the gentleman with her, judging by his enthusiasm, was defiantly a player". Phil will be remembered as an intelligent and caring friend, who will be greatly missed. Sincerely Paul Trask
NANCY THOMSONPhil was my cousin whom I remember when he was a little boy playing with my brothers at the cottage on Lake Scugog, All of the Forbes family would gather there each summer and as grandchildren of The Reverend George Earnest Forbes and Jean Gordon Forbes, who owned this cottage called 'Brora' , we played together for days or weeks at a time. It was a great place to get to know and love our cousins. My special memory was of eight little kids, putting on plays for our parents and grandparents. Those plays were no doubt ridiculous, but we all had fun and the viewers were loudly enthusiastic. Good memories of carefree happiness. .
Ken FocklerI too want to add my condolences to Phil's family. And to share more of what my sister Nancy Thomson said about our memories of early days with all the cousins at the Forbes Family cottage on Lake Scugog. Phil was only 4 months older then me so we were very close in those days and photos in the family album show us arm in arm on many occasions. Later in life my wife Nancy and I visited with Phil and Wendy at their many locations. I was very jealous of all the boy toys he had at his country property. At the time we too were living in the country in Caledon and I had my share of boy toys. But Phil had more and better ones! Then we visited in London on a number of occasions (Nancy's family is from London). We marveled at the extent of renovations being done on condos and then on to the next. Phil and I also had a good trip the International Plowing Match one year. Rest in peace Phil, I'll miss you.
Judy Dingman DurbanI am another of the generation of eight cousins on the Forbes side of the family. Phil and Martha, with their parents, Aunt Lib ( Elizabeth Forbes) and Uncle Earl, provided wonderful growing-up memories for me of summers at their log cabin on Best Lake in Temagami: canoeing, going fishing, swimming with water snakes, making berry pies, looking for bears, and laughing. Our families got together for special occasions, with exceptional meals and lots of laughs. Here on Vancouver Island I have had the pleasure of meeting Patty and Carole. What a serendipity. Next: Beth. I look forward to a trip back to Ontario to see Wendy for a long-overdue re-union. We are all connected, and similar is so many ways. Luckily, we have our memories... so far. Yes, dementia is a terrible disease. Carpe diem!
Anne SpencerDear Wendy I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Sincerely, Anne Spencer
KathyFrom the staff at Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer Research Parkwood Institute St. Josephs Health Care we send our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Lautenslager. Our thoughts are with you. Wendy you were a wonderful caregiver to Phil. God Bless you and your family.
Gerbrig & Harvey BermanOur loss of a good friend. We cherish the memories we have had. Our thoughts are with you Wendy.
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