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Philomena Alphonse (Wilson)

July 31, 1934 - February 1, 2016


81 year old Philomena Alphonse passed away Monday with family by her side.

Alphonse was a Cowichan Tribes Chief for 6 years, a councilor for 16 years, worked as the Manager of the Education Department for over 10 years and participated in numerous other organizations.

The beloved elder was a strong advocate for women and children, and for the revitalization of First Nations language, traditions, ceremonies and spirituality.

Philomena married Dennis Alphonse Senior in 1952 and together they had 8 children.

Her funeral will be held at the Si’em Lelum Gymnasium on Friday, February 5, 2016

Funeral Home HW Wallace

Thursday February 4, 2016 Viewing 12:30

Leave Funeral Home 1:00 pm To Si'em Lelum Gym

Catholic prayers 7:00 pm Father Joe

Funeral February 5, 2016

Mask Dance 7:00 am

Viewing 8:30 am

Service 9:00 am

Burial St. Ann's

Procession from Cowichan Tribes Old Band Office

Lunch Si'em Lelum Gym


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: myra george
Relation: niece

greatly going to be missed by all who loved her and the ones who go to her for her wisdom n knowledge. She is one of the kind aunt I looked up to and went to for our history. We lost not only our Aunt we lost a Legend. will be greatly missed.
I love all my cousins and neices and nephews…

From: Antoinette Williams Charlie
Relation: Through family and respected Elder

Prayers and strength to the family Philomena was so helpful, caring and not ever afraid to correct what was not right in our culture. She is going to be missed dearly but now she is called to continue her journey to the Creator and we know she will be welcomed by the family that left before her. May you all find peace with prayer and continue to carry and share the wisdom that Philomena has left with each and everyone of you.

From: Sophia M. George
Relation: She's respected elder of cowichan

My heart and prayers with her family.

From: Mabel Antoine
Relation: Married to Denise Alphones

Condolences to the children. Prayers and hugs to my nephews and nices love Aunty

From: Dana Thorne
Relation: Community

My prayers to the family during this difficult time. Philomena is a huge loss to the community. She was an involved elder who carried a lot of knowledge and history.

From: Elaine
Relation: aunty

sending condolence to my cousins, nieces, nephews & grandnieces and grandnephew. We are sending love and prayers to all of you. Philomena is a great loss and nobody can never replace the love she showed the family. Philomena touched everyone that she was in contact with in her life time. Thank you for sharing her with everyone. hugs.

From: Dan, Justin & Wendy George
Relation: Aunt

She is loved, respected and will be greatly missed. She was known as “Auntie Phil” by her nephews. I called her “Chiefy” as I the honor to be her Secretary for a short time. I will say prayers every day for her, the family & community. Til we meet again ♡

From: John sam
Relation: Nephew

My prayers to the family

From: Mathew Modeste
Relation: Step Fathers Aunt

My Deepest condolences to Thee Family My Prayers are with you all shes going to be very Missed in our Community she was Beautiful Lady and One of our 1st Women Warriors of Cowichan . God Bless

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