One More Short Roadtrip

Today (Thursday, February 10th) Paramedics come to do a PCR test and as long as it is negative, tomorrow (Friday, February 11th) at 2:00 pm an ambulance will transport me to Hospice. The time has come. I can no longer do anything for myself. My son Chris lifted me into the wheelchair this morning to move me from our bedroom to the living room chair I’m in right now.

I head to Hospice with mixed emotions, both grief, and relief. Janet will be at my side throughout my time at Hospice and others will be able to visit in small numbers (COVID restrictions) but as I approach death the rules on numbers become pretty flexible. I will be in the embrace of loved ones and the presence of God.

Peace, Love, and Laughter

38 Replies to “One More Short Roadtrip”

  1. Much love and prayers Phil. As always, you are in our hearts and thoughts as are Janet and all your children and other family members.

  2. Oh Phil, this end has come too soon for you my friend. There aren’t any words anyone could say, but in thinking of you and your family. 😔

  3. Dear Phil – the canadian superstar.

    I wish you the most peacefull last journey with your loved ones near you.

    You are truly the most positive superstar💚

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Hospice can keep you comfortable and pain free. My prayers are sent to you and your family.

  5. Phil,
    Please continue to write as long as you are able. Even if it’s only a sentence or two. It’s important to many of us. And I wonder if your family might live stream the celebration of your life I am certain you’ve planned? We likely have many favorite songs in common…

  6. Thank you for sharing your incredible journey. My husband is not far behind you, we know. I know you will be surrounded by so much love and peace, I truly hold you and yours in my heart.

  7. Phil,

    you are an amazing role model; we need to wake up and live life to the fullest everyday and not focus on the small negative things but stay in the present and be positive and happy!
    Let me know when I can brighten your day and you mine while visiting your new digs!

  8. Phil- this always seems to come too fast,too suddenly after being so active for your condition-you have been a warrior and really have been a winner over cancer.First comes a try at a cure,then control of it and finally comfort.Sometimes it is harder to let go than keep on trucking- in our corner we are on the second “C” and still battling- you have been such an inspiration.I have so many fun memories.May you find peace in the rest of your journey🙏♥️🙏

  9. Thinking of you and your family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. We have been blessed by your presence.

  10. Phil I am very sorry to hear this. You have been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to all. Fair winds and Following seas.

  11. Phil, I want you to know that you are a inspiration to all. I will pray that your soul will have a loving, peaceful ascension to God as He awaits his faithful Phil …

    You have a beautiful, wonderful wife, and children to be so proud of in this world. You and Janet did a, Well Done❣️

    Love and Prayers for all of you,

    Sharon Hartnett 🙏🏻♥️

    1. Phil, you have been an inspiration to all of us who have followed your journey.
      Now it’s up to all of us to learn from your teachings and live large regardless of our circumstances in life. You have shown us the way. We’ll done my friend!
      All of your friends at BBBS are thinking and praying for you and your family.
      God bless.

  12. Phil,
    Suzy and I are thinking of you and your wonderful family. Please know that we wish you peace and comfort, and know that you are loved and supported, near and far.

    All of our love,
    The MacLeans

  13. Phil in sharing this journey, you have given some normalization of what so many go through, and for me, a long time fear of the unknown, if I or a family member ever has to follow similar steps.

    I’ve gotten to know only through Fb, with Brad’s bike trips, the Mooseheads & even bits through Meredith. I am honoured at chance of this connection.

    Thank you for all you brought to my world. I’ll be holding all of you in my heart & thoughts. Hope we see a a few more reflections, but if not, know we’ve all got your back.


  14. You are a very brave man Phil Ohara.

    It was such a treat to spend this past September weekend with you. I learned a lot.

    I will pass on your message to the Isnor clan.

    Much love Phil. I suspect a number of us will be joining you in the not to distant future. You have given me strength. Thank you. Tony.

  15. You have faced every challenge with courage and positivity. Your writings have been an inspiration to all of us who read your adventures with awe. Please know you are thought of often and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Thinking of you and family Phil.
    You will be well cared for and there will be much love surrounding you.

    David and Sharon

  17. Dear Phil,

    You are so positive. This outcome has arrived way too soon. It is comforting that your family will be by your side.

    I have no other words.

    Wishing Janet and the Family strength as they go through this difficult time.

  18. The folks at Hospice are in for a very uplifting experience. Your courage and shared optimism are a lesson you are teaching all of us who are lucky enough to be touched by your spirit.

    You have been a teacher to so many over so many years – and now you are teaching about the most important subject that all of us, with no exception will face. You are doing this with optimism and leading with both love and understanding…

    You will be living large in many hearts for a great many years to come.

    To my favourite teacher I say hang in there, I love you and I am still paying attention.

  19. Phil,

    Though you have prepared us well, I am saddened by this news my friend.

    You are such a clear example of a mighty warrior. Your extra effort to live large has provided so many rich experiences for you but also, vicariously, for those of us who have been so fortunate to be beneficiaries of your vivid words.

    I am praying for joy and sweet moments in the midst of these days and praying your dear family soaks up your presence and those joyful, sweet moments.

    Much love, continued prayers, and overwhelming admiration,

    Little Rock, Arkansas
    United States

  20. Phil, I’m sorry to read this. Your honesty and bravery through this journey has been inspiring. I clearly remember the Board meeting where you told us of your diagnosis, and how amazed I was with your attitude and strength.

    I want you to know how much I appreciate the time and energy you’ve given, your quick wit, your creativity, cooking skills, and of course your exceptional knowledge of meeting rules! You’ve made a difference to so many. Your legacy will be one of kindness, community and living large. Take good care on this leg of your journey. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  21. Phil – I am so glad that we have had a chance to spend time together over the last year or so. It was precious and will remain with me.

    You have been truly inspiring to so many people. What you have done and what you have said through this and your shining example of truly living life to its fullest will remain with all of us who had the privilege to be witness to it.

    Love you always,

    Mike O’Hara

  22. Phil – I am sending so much love, peace, and prayers to you and your family. Even still, you continue to give so much inspiration and reassurance to all of us through your words. Thank you.

  23. So sad to hear. You have been so brave and such an inspiration to so many. Thank you for sharing your journey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Janet and your family.

  24. So sorry to hear that your condition has worsened so rapidly. You have been such an inspiration to so many through your life and through sharing your positive outlook along this difficult journey. Praying you experience peace and love during your remaining time with family and friends. As you know, this is not the end. Say hi to the family members already up there for us.

  25. ❤️🙏❤️ Thank you, brave Warrior, for taking us on your journey. You have inspired so many and are surrounded by love. ❤️🙏❤️

  26. Hey Phil, I’m waiting in the long line of people wanting to visit.

    If its a few more days before we move up the line, maybe the new book will arrive, the title is a surprise so you have to wait 🙂

    Rob and Christine

  27. Phil, you have faced death with such dignity. I only hope that when my day comes I too can be as strong as you are my friend. Sending love and peacefulness ❤️

  28. Thinking of you and the family. I don’t know if I ever thanked you for all you did for me way back when. Some of my fondest memories.

  29. Phil…

    As you move along in this journey, know that your courage and positivity have been an inspiration to all who know you.

    We will always have fond memories of our neighbourhood days and watching all the kids grow up.

    Good conversations & the early days playing hockey together.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Janet & the kids.

    Steve, Cathy, Bobby & Nick (The Sacre’s)

  30. Phil:

    It has been many years since our adventures at Pine Crest. I think of those days, often. You have handled this illness with such dignity, grace and faith. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace.

    Bruce McMeekin

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