Sask. Party MLA Kevin Phillips dead at 63

By Sarah Mills/CJME News Staff
November 14, 2017 - 10:47am

The Saskatchewan Party is mourning the loss of yet another team member.

Melfort MLA Kevin Phillips has died suddenly at the age of 63.

“All of Kevin’s friends and colleagues are shocked and saddened his sudden and unexpected passing,” Premier Brad Wall said in a news release Tuesday.

“Kevin was back in Regina Sunday, getting ready for another week of doing what he loved to do — representing the people of Melfort in the Assembly — so his passing was completely without warning. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to Kevin’s wife, April, and his children and grandchildren.”

Phillips was first elected to the legislature in 2011 and re-elected in 2016.  Prior to becoming an MLA, Phillips was the mayor of Melfort.

One of his most notable achievements came through his efforts to secure a new domestic violence shelter for Melfort and the northeast area. It was the first to be opened in Saskatchewan since 1989.

Phillips held various important positions in the assembly, most recently serving on the government’s house leadership team as deputy whip.

He is survived by his wife, four children and several grandchildren.

Flags at the Saskatchewan legislature have been lowered to half-mast in honour of Phillips.

Phillips’ death was another shock for Sask Party members who mourned the loss of Saskatoon MLA Roger Parent who died of cancer last November.

Melfort mourns passing of MLA Kevin Phillips

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