Phyllis Thistle

February 16, 1953 to January 1, 2022


Passed peacefully away on January 1, 2022, at the Health Sciences Centre, in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the age of 68 years old.

Leaving with a lifetime of memories and wisdom her two daughters Jennifer and Julie McCabe; her one and only grandson Joshua McCabe to whom she devoted her later years of life to raising; and numerous family and friends from Newfoundland to Ontario, namely Sandy and Martene in Ontario who share decades of friendship despite distance; Tracy, her niece and kindred spirit; as well as her coffee buddies from Paradise Tim Hortons.

Phyllis was a dynamic soul who managed to turn around a terminal diagnosis in 2016 and inspire everyone around her to live life in full bloom. Her lengthy battle with cancer ultimately ended but her story and spirit is one that will live on in the hearts of everyone she touched.

A heartfelt thanks go to her oncologist Dr. Lester for the ongoing support and kindness she graced her with.

A special acknowledgement to Holy Family Parish, as well as Father Charlie Kelly for the years of her career which she speaks so dearly about.

Cremation has taken place and a private family service and celebration of her life will be held at a later date.



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To Jennifer, Julie and Joshua McCabe: We offer our condolences to each of you, on the heart-breaking loss of your dear Mother and Grandmother.. In time, may your memories bring you peace and a smile, along with the tears that will flow. Let her life inspire you to follow her example of extending love and kindness. to others.
President Claudette and Members of the Mount Pearl Lions Club

So very sorry for your loss. I knew Phyllis from coming to work at Lawtons drugs Paradise and my son Josh was in beavers with her grandson years ago and we stayed in contact. I didn’t know she was sick. I’m so very very sorry she was such a beautiful lady. Condolence goes to the family.❤️❤️❤️

So sad to hear of Phyllis’s passing. She was a joy to share a coffee and a conversation with at Tim Hortons. Deepest sympathy to the family. Roger Fitzgerald

So sorry about your mom Jenny… she was a very lovely person.. ❤️ I’m always a phone away if you need anything.. xox

Our Deepest Condolences to every one, so sorry for your loss . Rest in Peace Phyllis.. from all The Roberts family in Toronto, Sharon,Freeman ,Doreen,Roy,Carl and Raymond

Julie & Jenny, I met your Mom and you shortly after your return from Toronto.. She was a wonderful friend, full of love, kindness, compassion, caring ,strong, independant and very funny lady..Her greastest love was her family. althought our lives took different turns, when we met we always talked about family. I know you have lots of fond memories of your MOM and KNOW she will be watching over you all. R.I.P. Phyllis

Sincere Sympathies to Phyllis’s Family.

Debbie & Bob Bennett

So sorry for your loss, Phylis was a very well respected member of the Paradise Centennial Lions Club and she will be greatly missed, but always in our hearts.

Julie, Jenny and Josh – she was a loving mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace.
Shirley and Laura Matchim.

My dearest friend and her dear family my deepest heartfelt condolences to all .. Phyllis is always in my thoughts. . she was an integral part of my life and will continue to be always .. Am thinking of you all today and am so sorry can not be there with you .. But am in spirit .. May the love i send give you strength to help you through the day. .. PEACE LOVE AND LIGHT ALWAYS AND FOREVER

Jenny sorry about your Mom I work with her and you very nice memories Chris

Still cant believe your gone 💔 Today is gonna be the hardedt day to say goodbye to my dear mother. Thank you for all youve done and for giving up your life to raise my son when i couldn’t. You really are a remarkable woman, one well never forget. R.I.P My beautiful Mother

Jenny: So so sorry about your mom’s passing. I can’t imagine the hurt you are going through right now. I didn’t know your mom really well but I know that she was a very independent, proud, strong & funny person. She showed me how much she cared for & loved you at the various get togethers we’ve had. I thank your mom for raising a strong independent woman who is equipped to take on life with the courage & the know how in todays world . Remember all the good times that you had with your mom, I’m sure she will be watching over you & taking notes.
Hugs, Beverly

To friends and family of Phyllis sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace in heaven.

Fr; Brady, Chris and Kelly Penton.

Jennifer and Julie, please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your devoted mom Phyllis. We both have very fond memories of her from shopping trips to playing Bingo, to helping her with the many garage sales. She was an inspiration to me early on and will be greatly missed. Cherish the many memories. RIP Phyllis ♥️🙏 – James and Candice Wilson

Julie ,Jennifer and sweet Joshua so very sorry to hear the sudden passing of my cousin Phillis. today ,We grew up on Kenmount road togathere I remember as a little girl going for sleepover with Helen Phillis and Geraldine they were the fun days. Phillis then moved to Toronto and when you retuned we had see each other over the years when you girls were young . Your mom was a very sweet kind lady may you have thoughts of many fun memories to help you through this very difficult time

So sorry to hear. Such a kind woman and a great member of the lions club. Sadly missed.

To the family of Phillis Thistle
Our condolences on the passing of Lion Phyllis.She was a great asset to our club,always there to help out .she will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go to you her family.
RIP Lion Phyllis
From ..Paradise Centennial Lions Club

Our prayers and thoughts are with your family at this sorrowful time! Phyllis was certainly a force to be reckon with and we always enjoyed her company at Tim Hortons. God Bless you all ! Rest in peace now Phyllis! You have earned your wings ! Gail and Dennis Byrne !

Jenny and family,
Our condolences on the passing of your mom. She was lovely and caring person. Know that you are in our thoughts,
Wayne and Josephine Hayes

So sorry to hear this Phyllis was a nice person and a good friend always sat down with us at Tim’s to have a chat my condolences to all the family and may she RIP.