Phyllis Isobel Alice Fellows (nee Gambell, nee Peacock)
May 21, 1935 – Feb 28, 2023
Our dynamic mom succumbed to her post-surgery complications and passed away on the morning of February 28. She was determined and feisty to the end. She is pre-deceased by her dear husband Robert Fellows. She was devoted to family and cultivated many strong friendships over the years. She inspired confidence and accomplishment in her 3 children: Glen Gambell (Shelley Davie), Alan Gambell (Lisa Swarbrick), and Linda Gambell (Al Clegg). She was a devoted Nana to Amanda, Michael, and Aidan and she adored her great-grandsons Leo and Dawson. She is also survived by her brothers George and Ralph, many nieces and nephews and extended family.
From humble beginnings in a large poor family, Mom forged a rich and full life out of sheer determination. She married our father (William Gambell) at a young age, determined to build a fine family life, and encouraged him to expand his automotive business. She believed in a good education and pushed herself to learn accounting and bookkeeping.
After marrying Bob in the late 70’s and returning to Toronto from Montreal, she became a successful realtor until an early retirement. And it was a grand retirement at that! Mom and Bob loved golf, tennis, travelling, entertaining, and especially winters in Florida. Mom developed her creative side with silk flower arranging, painting/drawing, and sewing. She had great interest in the stock market too and this became a prime activity in recent years.
Fond memories include an epic road trip across the US with 2 moms and 5 kids in a station wagon (and no GPS!), Sunday dinners with extra Peacocks, Gambells, or Moffitts at the table, cruise vacations, watching her be a great Nana, and several trips to various condos and homes in Florida.
Mom was often the life of the party and always so well dressed and accessorized! Her presence and generous spirit will be greatly missed.
A memorial will be planned for later in the spring.
We thank the care team at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, especially 2L Surgery; they put up with mom’s demanding nature and her sense of humour. Donations can be made in her honour to St. Joseph’s, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.