Debra Ann Nash was born in London on February 11, 1953. She married Gordon Phillips on January 19, 1974 and they have four beautiful children together: Amanda, Niki, Toby and Jesse.
Amanda and Don (Poppe) married in 1991 and also went on to have four children: Jordan, Justin (Hayley), Ryan and Grayce. Jordan’s children, Joesph and Timmy, are Deb’s first great-grandchildren.
Niki and Scott (Saunders) married in 1996 and have three children: Brad (Jolene), Teresa and Darcey. Brad and Jolene’s daughter, Paisley, is Deb’s third great-grandchild and her first great-granddaughter.
Toby and Angela (DeGroot) married in 2006 and have three children: Kiefer, Makinlee and Jessika. All at home.
Gord and Deb’s daughter, Jesse, passed away at eleven months and is still dearly loved and deeply missed.
Deb is survived by her mother, Eileen Nash and her brother, Bob Nash and his wife Sharon. Deb is predeceased by her father, Ron Nash and her brother, also Ron Nash.
Deb is also predeceased by her beloved mother in law, Mara and her father in law, Stu (Phillips) and her son in law, Don Poppe.
Deb was a kind and beautiful person, who was deeply loved by her family, friends and community. She worked at the hospital switchboard and dispatch for over sixteen years. She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone and will be missed by all, and by many. Her family was her greatest treasure. Her goal in life was to be a wife and mother. She nailed it. The legacy of love she leaves behind is beyond words to describe but, suffice it to say, she was the most beautiful of humans and the very best wife and mother the world has to offer. We celebrate her life and her legacy of love. She is our greatest treasure.
Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 87 Goderich Street West, SEAFORTH on Monday, March 27th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Registration is preferred, however all are welcome. Please click “Register Now” below, to register.
Deb’s Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church 22 Victoria St, Seaforth on Tuesday, March 28th at 11 AM. Cremation to follow. Father Ronnie presiding. Interment Egmondville Cemetery.
Donations to the Huron Community Family Health Team, Seaforth Minor Baseball, or Seaforth & District Optimist Club would be appreciated by the family.
Dear Gord and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Sending my deepest condolences, and hugs. Deb was a bright, happy and always making someone smile. She raised a great family and will continue to watch over you. Gord cherish your laughter, love and memories you have made together.
George and Sue Wilson
Gord, Amanda, Niki, Toby and families, Nash family, heartfelt condolences on your Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Grandma Deb’s passing. She was a friendly woman. Cherish your precious memories and keep them close to your heart. You are a kind, loving family. May your faith, family and friends give you peace and comfort. Hugs and prayers, George and Sue Wilson
So sorry to hear this. Our sincere condolences to Gord and family.
I remember a lovely visit with you at Antoine Park a few years ago.
Your Bonfield friends,
Bill and Grace Campbell
Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time.
Remember to share your special memories with each other often.
Bill and Grace Campbell
So sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. We were fortunate to meet up at a restaurant in Wingham a couple of years ago when she was in the Walkerton area having furniture refinished. It was so good to get caught up on her life as the Forsyth connection dwindled with the passing of many of the older generation. I have many memories of her when she was young as my late husband Jack (Eileen’s brother) was her godfather. She was a delight then as I’m sure she continued to be as an adult.
So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person and we had many good laughs at clogging and line dancing. Sending prayers and hugs to all of you. Gwen Hugill
Ken and Deb Janmaat
Gord, Amanda, Nikki and Toby and Family
Sorry to hear about Deb’s passing she was a great wife, mother and grandmother. Deb was a great person and will be missed. Hold on to the great memories.
My heartfelt sympathy to Gord, Mandy, Niki and Scott, Toby and Angela and families. Deb was a wonderful, kind person with a great sense of humor. May all your memories bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time and the months to follow.
Gord and Family, our deepest condolences. Deb meant so much to us and everyone around her. She had a strong will, caring heart and wonderful sense of humour. You could always count on Deb to lift you up and help when needed. We know how much she loved all of her family and we can only hope that the strength in her will help to carry you through. Love, Jane and Julie
Sympathy to Angie, Toby and Family. May the fond memories be remembered in the days and years ahead. So sorry for you loss.
Thinking of you. Take care. Gary Bridge.
Beth Van Doornik
My condolences Gord and family, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Rest in peace Deb.
My deepest sympathies. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Deb had the greatest smile for everyone she met. A beautiful soul.
Our deepest sympathy Gord, Mandy, Nikki, Toby and families.
Deb had such a beautiful, kind, caring soul and full of spunk. Always brought a smile to your face . She will be missed and fondly remembered by many. Fly high with the angels Deb! RIP
Dennis and Carol Duquette
Gord & Family,
My sincere condolences on your loss. It was always a pleasure working with Deb through the years when she dispatched many of the Huron County Fire Departments. Many laughs and good times over the years, and she will surely be missed. Thinking of you all.
Bill & Connie Devereaux
Sorry for your loss. Our deepest prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.
Glenda & Allen Gardner
To Toby, Gord and the entire family we were so sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. Hold your memories close during this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
Gord and the entire phillips family my sincere condolences, i was greatful to have met her through gord it was no doubt in my mind she was a great person like two peas in a pod! Putting others first and caring for others kind hearted souls cherish the memories in difficult times, family and friends will come through shine for her ✨️
Gord and family, so sorry for this loss. Thinking of your whole family!
Nancy Denys and Family
Deepest sympathy to the Phillips family in the loss of your dear wife,
mother, and grandmother. May your special memories hold her dear to your heart keeping her forever with you.
Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gord, Amanda, Niki & Toby,
Sending our deepest prayers and sympathies to you all at this time, keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Gwen (Britton) O'Rourke
So sorry for your loss Gord!! Deb is one person who will be missed by many for her caring personality and beautiful smile!! my thoughts and prayers are with you as you travel thru these lonely days!
Keith and Bonnie McMillan
Deepest sympathies to the entire Philip’s family. The printed obituary story said it all.
Shanna & Greg Core
We are so sorry to hear about Debra’s passing. She was such a lovely person who always had a smile on her face. Our sincere condolences to Gord and family.
My sincere sympathy, Gord, Amanda, Niki, and Toby!
Deb was a wonderful lady who adored her whole family. How I will miss her Christmas letter, as it kept me up to date on each one of you. Keep all your precious memories forever in your hearts.
Condolences, so very sorry for your loss.
Paul &Joanne Matthews
We are so very sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Brian and Helen (Southgate) Oldfield
Dear Phillips family, our hearts are hurting with this sad news. Take care of each other through these difficult days and find comfort in your loving memories of her.
Larry Greig & Marcelle Arrand
Gord and family…..Deb was a beautiful spirit with a beaming smile. It was always a pleasure to visit with her. She will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.
Doug & Ann McGregor
Sorry to hear about Deb, our thought are with all of you at this difficult time. Cherish all your fond memories and they will become treasures in your heart forever.
So sorry to hear this sad news. Whoever wrote the tribute to her caught her spirit perfectly. Our deepest sympathy to all of you! May God bring you all peace and comfort.
Diane Elston and family
Patrick & Maryann Feeney
Deepest sympathy to your whole family. Loved meeting Deb on the street and chatting up a conversation. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Pete and Tammy Martene
Dear Gord, Mandy, Nikki, Toby and families
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Deb was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. May you find comfort in your many memories.
Pete and Tammy Martene
Laverne and Nita McClure
So many treasured memories to hold in your hearts. Thinking of you all at such a sad time.
Cliff and Elsie McDonald
Gord and family
Sorry to hear of Debs passing
My deepest sympathies to you ,Gord & your family. I always remember Deb sitting at that desk in the hospital with a great big smile on her face….she always brightened my day. Big hugs.
Ian and Laura Brown
Gord, Amanda, Niki, Toby and family,
We were so very sorry to hear of Deb’s passing.
May the love of family and friends bring you strength, and may Deb and Jesse be forever united in peace.
Thinking of you,
Ian & Laura Brown
So sorry to hear of Debs passing we are neighbours and didn’t know she was I’ll. Our sympathy to all of yous and especially to Mandy and family who have lost so much lately. Gerty and Mary Armstrong
Ken and Elaine DeCorte
To the Phillips family. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Deb. Our deepest sympathies.
Edie Taylor ans Laurence
So Sorry,to hear this Niki Loved having you around with Cheri’s friends ,Dropped you off many times,enjoyed you in the store- She will be missed,Thinking of you and your family-
Pete and Tammy Martene
Dear Gord, Mandy, Nikki, Toby and families
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Deb was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. May you find comfort in your many memories
Pete and Tammy Martene
Bruce and Sharon Wilbee
Our deepest sympathy Gord, Mandy, Niki, Toby and Families.
Deb’s great presence will be missed by all who were lucky
enough to know her. A true friend.
Our prayers are with you all.
Paul and Bonnie Pinnell
Gord and family, we are so sorry for all of you that Deb has gone. No words can ever describe what you are going through or ease your pain, but we are thinking of you all and praying for you all. Deb was truly a good, kind and loving person and we are so grateful to have been a part of her life.
Deepest condolences to you Gord and your family ,thinking of you all at this sad time .
Jim and Janneke Murray
Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for her!
Jim and Ruth Carter
Our deepest sympathies Gord and family.
My most sincere sympathy Gord and family on the death of your wife Deb.Brings back school bus driving days many years ago.Memories are so precious.
Tristen and Ben Hovius
Gord, and family – we are so sorry for your loss! Deb was such a strong and kind person! Always enjoyed our visits with you both! Sending our deepest sympathies to the entire family, and thinking of you all!
Kathy and Greg O’Reilly
Dear Gord, Mandy, Niki, Toby and families:
We are so very sad to learn of Deb’s passing. Our sincerest sympathies to all
of you. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Deb was a wonderful and kind person. She will be truly missed. Hugs. Greg and Kathy O’Reilly
My condolences Gord and Family
Martin & Julie Van Bakel
Hugs And prayers to the family at the loss of your Mom
Bob & Shirley Dinsmore
Deb will be missed by so many people besides her family. She made friends very easily and loved to chat and visit. Deb was her own person, knew what she believed in and stood strong for her beliefs. Always knew what Deb was thinking as she would willingly share her thoughts. She will be so missed but is now pain free. Rest in Peace Deb as you are missed here on earth.
My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Loss of a loved one is never easy.
Gord and family
Our sincere sympathy to all. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Cub & Joanne
Sincere condolences Gord, Amanda, Niki, Toby and all your families on such a sad loss.
Sincere condolences Gord, Amanda, Niki, Toby and all your families on the loss of such a wonderful lady!
Mark &Kathy Smith
We are so sorry to hear about Deb’s passing we will miss her yearly Christmas Newsletters she will be missed thinking of you Gord and Families as you grief her loss you are in out thoughts and prayers.🙏
Debbie was my life long friend. Have known her for 40 years…Always had a big smile..Had fun raising our children together…Had such good talks.I well miss her so much…Hugs to her family…
Pat And Laverne Wallace
Gord , we were very sorry to hear about Deb , our deepest sympathy to you and your family . We are thinking of you in this time of sorrow , Pat & Laverne Wallace
Bob and Barb watson
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Deb our condolences to you and your family Gord thinking of you at this time
Our sympathies to the whole family. She will be missed. Such a happy lady when ever we saw her. And a beautiful family.
Keith Murray and Cindy Partridge
Sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time.
I am so saddened to hear this. My deepest sympathy Gord and family. Hugs to all of you.
Gord, Mandy, Niki and Toby.
My condolences to you all. Deb’s smile and her laugh will always be something I will remember. Deb was always ready for a visit when ever our paths crossed. She will be missed by many.
Gord and family sending our deepest sympathies and condolences to you during this difficult time. Deb was a wonderful lady.
Rob and Christina Taylor
Mary & Jim Barnes
Deepest sympathy Gord and Family. Know that she rests on external happiness and peace.
Mary & Jim
Larry and Linda Dillon
Gord and family – So sorry to hear about Deb – hang onto those wonderful memories you each have to help you through this difficult time. RIP Deb.
Gord although I only met Deb once she was a spark! Definitely your match – kind generous and funny that night. My heart goes out to you my friend ❤️
Rob &Sue Nigh
Sorry to hear of Deb’s passing she’s going to be missed by so many people. As she’s touched so many lives in the past years. Our hearts go out to you and all of our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ❤️💔
So sorry to read this, my deepest sympathies to Debs family, she always greeted you with a smile, RIP Deb, Joy Ross,
We are shocked, and so sorry to hear of her passing.
Her pain and suffering will be gone, however she will always be in our hearts.
Deepest Sympathies to Gord and the family.
Lisa Van Bakel
Sending a big hug to all of you, so sorry for the loss of your mom 💔.
Everytime i saw Deb she was really so lovely …. My sincere condolences in these difficult time Gord and family.
The whole staff of Maria’s Wok N’Dine would like to send our sincere condolences to the family of Debra Ann. You will be missed. Rest In the arms of our Dear Creator.
Gord and family. I am so sorry to read this. My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave Frayne and Cathy Cade
To Gord and family
Sorry to learn of Debra’s passing, our condolences to all.
May precious memories of a beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, friend help you through the difficult days ahead. You’ll have an angel watching over all of you. Watch for the signs, she’ll be with you
Marie /Larry Bieber
So very sorry for your loss Gord & Family …Deb was such an awesome lady .. I know for sure she will be dancing in heaven…R. I. P Deb …You will be greatly missed….
Roy Dalton and Cheryl talbot
So sorry Gord my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed. Roy Dalton and Cheryl Talbot.
Cathy and Kevan Broome
So sorry to hear this sad news. She was a wonderful happy lady and so friendly to all. Our deepest sympathies
Oh my…Gord and family so sorry to hear of your loss, she was an amazing woman and will truly be missed…thinking of you all at this sad time!
Peter & Frances Kling
Truly sad news. Thinking of you Gord and all your family.
Gord and family sorry to hear of Deb passing she was a beautiful person and a wonderful friend she will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Joanne & Family’s
My deepest condolences to you all. Deb was a bright light in many of my work days. My thoughts are with you.
My most sincere condolences to all the Phillips family. Deb will always be remembered for her warm smile and personality.
Gord and family,
Our hearts are heavy for the loss of your loved wife, mother, grandmother & great grandmother. Treasure every memory and know she’s still loving you all, from above.
You have our deepest sympathies.
Bill & Heather McMillan
Kelly & Kevin Butt
Gord and family,
We were sorry to hear about Deb’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
May the cherished memories that you have with her help you in the difficult days ahead.
My condolences Gord and the rest of the family. It has been a while since I’ve bumped into you two but I know if I had it would have been like old times! I loved Deb’s sense of humour and her wonderful smile!
We had some great laughs when we were in the adult business course together! 💕
Kay and Stan Mailloux
Deb was a great person to work with. She was always full fun and willing to help, This has been a challenging time for the family. Sending sympathies and prayers to Gord and family.
I am so sorry to hear of Debs passing. I always loved our little chats.
Glen & Linda McLachlan
Deepest condolences to you Gord in the loss of your soul mate and to your whole family. She was a shining light at SCH switchboard and anywhere we met. A Mother’s love never dies, and know she will be watching over all of you.
Grant & Tammy McKellar
Gord, Mandy, Niki & Toby
So sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. Thinking of you all as you celebrate her life & the wonderful legacy she left behind.
I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Gord and all of the family. Deb had a heart of gold and I am so glad that our paths crossed. May God support all of you at this sad time. And may Deb rest in peace.
Such sad news to hear, our sympathies to Gord, Mandy, Niki, Toby and all their families. The description of Deb printed above is spot on, she was a wonderful wife and mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We were neighbours for years and I couldn’t have asked for a better neighbour and friend. We both moved but kept in touch over the years and I so enjoyed her Christmas news letters, always loaded with love and kindness. Sorry for your loss. Sibyl and Bill Henderson
My Deepest Sympathy to all of Deb’s Family.I am so very sorry and saddened to hear of her passing.Keep all your precious memories of her close,to help you through the difficult days ahead. I worked with Deb at SCH and enjoyed the times she was able to attend our retirees coffee time. Always a smile and a story to make us all laugh.You are at peace now Deb.Fly with the angels.You will be missed.
Wow she was a beautiful soul. I took great pleasure of taking care of her and getting to know her and gord. Her friendly personally was what got me. I will truly miss you, fly with the angles my love. Sending all my love to the family may she rest in piece xoxo
Janice Murray & Harry Jansen
Our deepest sympathy Gord and family.. She was one of my favorite co-workers on the hill and will never be forgotten..
Connie & Mike Marion
So, so sorry to hear of Deb’s passing. She was always so easy to speak with. Deb will truly be missed by many. Hugs to Gord and the kids. Deepest sympathy and you will be in our thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻
Ron & Kathy Ward
So sorry to hear about Deb’s passing. Thinking of you all at this sad time. I remember her at the Investment Center when she worked there.
Our heart breaks for you Gord and all the kids and grandkids. We know how much you will all miss her. Deb was such a wonderful part of our lives and we will remember her fondly.
Love Rob, Suzanne, Devin (godson), Brandon and Summer xoxo
Peter and Sheila would like to give our condolences to your family Deb will surely be missed
So sorry Gord and family. She will be missed by many.
My Deepest Sympathy to all of Deb’s Family. I am so very sorry and saddened to hear of her passing. Keep all your precious memories of Deb close, to help you through the difficult days ahead. I worked with Deb at SCH and enjoyed our retirees coffee time together, when she was able to attend.You are at peace now Deb.Fly with the angels my lady. You will be missed.
Zia & Tracy Khogyani
Dearest Gord and family, Tracy & I are heartbroken. We can’t imagine your sorrow and loss. Deb was kindest, most thoughtful, generous and loyal friend. I always enjoyed my visits with both of you as did Tracy when she saw you both. As you well know; there are no words we could say to lessen your heartache and loss. Please know you are always in our thoughts, well wishes and prayers.
John and Sharen Forrest
We are sending our deepest sympathy to Gord and all of his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.💕
Pam and Brian Vansteelandt
Our condolences Mandy and Nikki, my thoughts are with you and your families.
Our deepest sympathies to the whole family, thinking of all of you at this most difficult time, you are all in our thoughts and prayers 💔
Oh my gosh! I just saw Deb at the Ag Society trivia night. What a sad time for you Mandy and Gord and everyone in the family. I am so sorry for your loss.