The service has been postponed until further notice.

Our family is deeply saddened that Phon Yin Tim “Aunty Phon”, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Royal Jubilee Hospice in Victoria, BC where she had volunteered for 25 years after retiring from Victoria General Hospital. Her beautiful smile and kind heart will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Phon is predeceased by her two younger brothers Peter (m. Doreen) and Stephen (m. Nancy). She is survived by her nephews Matthew (m. Tish), Anthony (m. Monique), Gavin (m. Meliny) and their children Kelli-Anne, Jarrod, Thomas, Gina and Gilbert.

The service has been postponed until further notice.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation or BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – Neurology.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens





  • June Hobart

    Phon was the secretary for the social work department when I worked as a social worker. I always enjoyed working with her. She was always so positive and made working with her fun. I should also say very efficient as well. After I retired I always enjoyed seeing her at the Victoria Symphony. We would have a chat and get caught up on each others news. I also had a delightful tea with her once at her apartment.
    I will miss seeing her at the Symphony. I have lost a friend and am very sad.
    I have made a donation to Victoria Hospice in her name.

  • Kathy

    On behalf of Helen McLellan and her daughters we extend our condolences to the Tim family.
    Helen knew Phon from tai chi and church and we always appreciated her smile and kindness.
    Special memories always.

  • Pam and Victor Chang-Kue

    To the Tim Family,

    We are so very sad that our dear friend Phon has left us.
    It was so hard to say “Good-Bye”.

    Phon and Victor have known each other since childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa.
    25 years ago we were so fortunate to have met up with her again in Victoria. Together with Shirley and Colin Lee, we enjoyed our monthly dinners when Phon held us captive with her compelling accounts of everyday events in such an eloquent fashion! We also shared the joy of classical music.
    Phon loved books. Picture her every year in a long line up at the Times Colonist Book Sale, empty knapsack on her back. With great delight, she always filled it to capacity with a full load, including books for our two grand-daughters, now 27 and 24 whom she had known since birth! It was such a joy and so much fun to have Phon join our family
    Christmas celebration for the last five years. She was family.

    Phon was wise,funny,vibrant,gracious and kind – brave and stalwart in her trials.

    We will cherish the memories and will miss her dearly, but know that she is now at peace in the arms of God, having lived a long,rich and happy life, supported by a caring,loving family and many, many wonderful friends.

    With our warmest sympathy,
    Pam and Victor Chang-Kue

  • Natalie Wong

    It is so wonderful to read how much of an impact Aunty Phon had in everyone’s life. I have memories of Aunty Phon from when I was a little girl. She was this friend of my Grandparents who would come to visit from Victoria in her blue Volkwagen Beetle. She wore bright red lipstick and was always sure to give my brother an enthusiastic kiss on the cheek to leave a lipstick mark. We thought it was so hilarious. We would see Aunty Phon from time to time throughout my growing up. One day we were able to call her and inform her that we would be family, as I was to marry her cousin’s son. We forgot to inform her that she would fill in to be walked down the aisle to represent Colin’s mother at our wedding, but I think she got over it. When our children were born, she came to visit often, and the children formed a lovely bond with their “Iffy” Phon, Bradley had not gotten the pronunciation of Aunty quite right, but the name stuck. If not for her, Christmas mornings would not have photographic evidence. When her health became a bit of an issue with her hip and her knee, the physical visits to Vancouver became less, but Tuesday calls started. I cannot believe that our Tuesday calls have come to an end and our long chats into the late night, when visiting in person, will never happen again. I will miss hearing about all the family stories. She was a good historian for all things related to the Tim family and beyond. Thank you for being a wonderful example of a strong independent human. I look forward to being able to celebrate your life with those who will also miss you, when it is safer to gather, in the numbers that I know are out there.

  • Aileen Averill

    My sincere condolences to Phon’s family. Phon was an incredible woman who left the world a much better place. She touched so many and left her unique mark. We will all cherish her memory. She was my hero!

  • Arlette J. Parneta

    Undaunted. If there is one word to describe a wise and wonderful woman with a generous spirt, it is undaunted. Phon was never overwhelmed or overtaken by the challenges presented to her. She faced everything that came along, and simultaneously taught anyone who knew her how to get through the obstacles of life by the way she would react to them. How often she would say, “Things change. Sometimes it takes awhile, but things change.” It was much easier to accept her “advice” because it was not offered in a patronizing way, but rather as an example that things were going to be better. All we had to do is be patient and wait. It was always her wit and outrageous sense of humour that will live in my memories forever. Phon lived her life fully and with grace. She was my neighbour and my friend. I cannot send her an email anymore. I cannot phone her. I will not see her walking to the drugstore around the corner. However, Phon will live in my heart, and I will never forget her. My condolences to the family.

    Arlette Parneta

  • Connie MacDonald

    When I saw Phon’s obituary, I was immediately cast back to the time when I knew her as a secretary when I was a social worker in 1987 at then Fairfield Health Centre. Along with that came feelings of affection. I recall her as a gracious, kind, interesting and competent woman. This is to honor her memory…Connie MacDonald

  • Kay Larsen

    I had the great pleasure of knowing Phon for the last 10 years. I was the Manager, Volunteer Services at Victoria Hospice. Whle I worked there Phon had a regular volunteer shift on Friday afternoons. On a Friday afternoon after a long week, Phon would brighten my day with her wry comments and kind smile. Phon approached her volunteer role with seriousness, conscientiousness and caring. She also introduced me to the joys of Pacific Opera and lunch at the Dutch Bakery. Phon approached life with gusto. She faced challenges with humour and perservence. I admired her tremendously. She taught me how to age with grace and vigour. I will miss her.

  • Laurel Osborn

    Phon was a dear friend to me for over 50 years, and she was a wonderful Aunty to her dear ones. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

  • Joanne

    Phon – back in the day when VGH was one big family – didn’t we have so many laughs and so many serious conversations about life and all. A conversation with Phon was always a delight – no matter how serious it always ended with a hug and laughter. She was one of a kind – and one of the most interesting people I ever knew – in that lovely bubble we all lived in then. RIP dear lady.

  • Mabel Yenson Chu

    Phonyin and I met more than 60 years ago as 1st year students at the University of Witwatersround in Johannesburg South Africa. After graduation we emigrated from South Africa. Phonyin settled in Canada while my late husband Edward and I moved to Hong Kong where we worked for more than 30 years, raised a family and eventually retired in Melbourne Australia. We kept in touch over the years. Ive always admired Phonyin for her kindness, generosity and sense of humour.
    She has been a dear friend and I will miss her greatly.
    My condolences to the family
    Mabel Yenson Chu

  • Amy Kom and Dorothy Tam

    Our sincere condolences to the Tim Family.

    Our family, and the Tim family were friends, while growing up in Bertrams, Johannesburg.

    She was a mentor to our late brother, Leong (Fr. Frank Kom), and we reconnected with Phon at that time of his passing in 2015

    We enjoyed her yearly update of her family and friends.

    She will always be remembered in our thoughts.

    Rest in Peace Phon.

    Amy(Lai)Kom and Dorothy Tam

    Toronto, Canada.

  • Sharon Morgen

    A beautiful soul. I knew Phon when we both worked at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital then known as Fairfield Health Centre. She was a very special person.

    Sharon Morgan

  • Tove Barlow.

    My heartfelt condolences to the family.

    Phon was a cherished friend, and we shall miss her very much.
    Her gentle ways & her great smile, as well as her wonderful sense of humour.

    Tove Barlow.

  • Matthews family

    Our family had spent many an enjoyable time with Phon, picnics, suppers, visits etc. Phon became one of the family. My mum,Jean Reid, and Phon worked together at the University.

    We are very sorry to hear of Phons passing.
    Condolances to the Tim family.

  • Peggy Lai

    It is with my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to all the members of the Tim family. My prayers at mass will be for the resurrection of Phon in heaven.
    Peggy Lai.

  • Wendy Van El

    Our Condolences to Phon’s family and friends We were her neighbours and worked together on strata for 4 years. Phon was our go to person in the building and always helpful even after she stepped down from her council duties. Lovely lady, she will be missed.

    Wendy & Jimmy

  • Bernadette and Jim O'Reilly

    Dear Matthew, Anthony, Gavin and families,

    We send our love and prayers during this difficult time. Phon was a lovely person, so gracious, full of life and concern for others. It was touching to see all your expressions of love for her during
    your visit with her at the hospital on Family Day.

    Love, Bernadette and Jim O’Reilly

  • Lanys Kaye-Eddie

    My husband Graham and I were enriched in our lives by a friendship with Phon, starting in South Africa before we immigrated to the USA and Canada. We had kept in contact over the years, and always loved receiving Phon’s Christmas letter detailing the year and her contact with her family and friends. We are the poorer for living in this world without her. Lanys and Graham Kaye-Eddie

  • Mike & Wanda Petrie

    Wanda and I had the privilege to get to know a Phon after we purchased our Condo. Phon was one of the first owners in our new building ( home) to welcome us.From that day on we established a friendship with her.

    Our deepest Condolences,

    Mike & Wanda

  • David & Lorrie Ming-Sun

    We are deeply sadden at the passing of our dear friend Phon. Please accept our deepest condolence.

    David & Lorrie Ming-Sun

  • Colin Tsang Too

    There are no goodbyes, wherever you are you will always be in my heart – Phonkie Rest In Peace.

    My heartfelt condolences to the family.

  • Eileen and John Tung

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences to all the families

  • Martin Dunne

    Our sincere condolences go out to the Tim family. It was wonderful to have reconnected with Aunty Phon recently and that she got to refresh the family tree before her passing. Warm regards, Martin, Gill, Jordan and Jarred Dunne

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