Donation account opens to help Miles Phillips' struggling family

Cowichan's late Miles Phillips and his family for whom friends have opened a donation account to help them weather money woes.
— image credit: Courtesy: the Phillips family

A financial-donation account has been opened for the struggling young family of Cowichan’s late Miles Phillips.

“We are trying to raise some money for his wife and daughters after the untimely passing of Miles,” fund organizer and friend Chad Rutherford told the News Leader Pictorial.

There was $1,821 in the account at press time Wednesday.

“With Miles just finishing his MBA, and doing mostly social and environmental work for a living, which can be a labour of love, it has left (wife) Angela (nee Marston) and his daughters in a bit of a financial situation.”

Phillips, 48, of Cobble Hill, died in a local car accident Jan. 23.

“Miles’ death left his wife and family in a really tough spot,” said Rutherford, concerned about Angela and her daughters Jasmin, 15, and Autumn, 12.

“They had no life insurance, and Miles mainly worked for non-profits.”

Rutherford said he got to know Phillips several years ago after Rutherford’s fiance trained Phillips and Angela — who’s now earning her arts degree — to represent Canada at the amateur world triathlon championships.

Family man Phillips earned respect from valley folks involved with green fuels, men’s issues, alternative farming and building, plus First Nations arts and culture.

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