February 1, 2010

Lyle Phillips fondly remembers Central years

Lyle Phillips is looking forward to attending the 100th anniversary reunion of Central Collegiate being held in July. -
Lyle Phillips is looking forward to attending the 100th anniversary reunion of Central Collegiate being held in July. - Rebecca Lawrence photograph
29 Jan 2010

Central Collegiate will hold its 100th year reunion in July. In a series on former graduates, the Times-Herald spoke to lawyer Lyle Phillips.

Phillips, 81, who lives in Moose Jaw with his wife Joanne, graduated from Central Collegiate in 1946.
“It was a nice place to go to school,” he remembered fondly. “I had lots of friends. There was lots of sports. I was best in maths and science,” he said.
“There always seemed to be lots to do. On Friday afternoons they had a little program every couple of months. They would have different things like people performing an instrument. They called them LITS.”

After graduating, Phillips went on a hockey scholarship to the University of Michigan to study engineering.
“But engineering and I did not get along,” Phillips said. “So then I went to Assumption College in Windsor, now the University of Windsor, for three years and I took my bachelor of arts with a major in business administration.
“Then, after that, I went to the University of Saskatchewan and got my law degree,” he said.
“Then I came back to Moose Jaw and articled with my father who was a lawyer and I have been practising ever since.
“I followed in my father’s footsteps and I had no intention of that when I first started university,” Phillips recalled.

Phillips had his own law firm for awhile but in 1970, the Phillips Law Firm amalgamated with the Dubinsky Law Firm.
In 1975 Phillips worked for Fairford Industries Ltd. as a lawyer and head of finance. The company manufactured steel buildings.

In 1985 he went back into practice, opening the Lyle Phillips Law Office, first above the Royal Bank and then on Stadacona Street until July 2008. He then became associated with Chow McLeod on High Street West.
“I do not really want to retire,” he said.

Phillip’s daughter Debbie Cowan is the co-chairwoman for the Central Collegiate reunion. His son David, who lives in Calgary, is also planning to attend.
“I ’m looking forward to the reunion,” he said. “I think it will be fun. I do not know right now if many of my class are going.”

Registrations are still being accepted.


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