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Born: Sep 09, 1964

Date of Passing: Jun 22, 2020

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September 9, 1964 - June 22, 2020

After a sudden and brief illness, Phil passed away at the age of 55.
Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 28 years, Leanne (Purdy) Van Bergen, son Derek Van Bergen, daughter Amy Van Bergen, mother Charlotte Van Bergen, brother Floyd Van Bergen (Christine), sister Carla Van Bergen (Andrew) and many other family members and friends.
Predeceased by his father William (Bill) Van Bergen in 2017.
Phil was born in Bassano, Alberta. Much of his youth was spent on family farms with many cousins where he developed a strong sense of community.
Phil and Leanne made Beausejour their home for the past 17 years. Phil kept busy. He was involved in Haystack Productions both on and off the stage. He served as president of the Lac du Bonnet PC Association, and he sat on the board of the local Curling Club. He also served as President of Overcomers Outreach Canada where he supported many members battling with addictions. Throughout his time in Beausejour, Phil dedicated countless hours to the life of Beausejour Community Church often leading by example with his generosity and integrity.
Everyone who knew Phil, enjoyed his quick wit, and quirky sense of humour. No matter where he went, he somehow managed to make lifelong friends. The lengthy contact list for his memorable Christmas letters was indicative of who he valued in his life. Phil would think nothing of simply calling up someone from his past if they happened to cross his mind.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Beausejour Hospital and St. Boniface Hospital.
A tentative memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel provided the Public Health restrictions have been lifted.
Please follow the Sobering website for updates on service details.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Brokenhead River Community Foundation Community Fund in Phil's name.

& CREMATORUM, Beausejour
(204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I first met Phillip when we were both working for United Grain Growers in the 1990's. He was always a pleasure to talk to and one of those rare people whom you look forward to the next time you meet. We stayed in touch in recent years long after our employment paths diverged. I had been trying to get in touch with Phillip when I came across this obituary. I will miss Phillip and our occasional conversations greatly. I can only imagine the personal loss that his family will suffer. - Posted by: Glenn Dickson (former co-worker at UGG) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • Sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers. Alvin and Zenda - Posted by: Zenda rueckert (Friend ) on: Jun 30, 2020

  • So saddened to hear of Phil's passing. Our Condolences and Deepest Sympathy to Everyone 💔 - Posted by: Ron & Gwen Rice (Friends ) on: Jun 27, 2020

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