Phil Silvain, subject of Valentine's Day love story, passes away after battling cancer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Phil Silvain, the husband featured in a Valentine's Day story on 41 Action News, lost his battle with cancer Sunday. 

On Feb. 14, we told the story of Phil and Norma Silvain of Lake Lotawana, Mo. Married 63 years, they were marking what they knew would be their final Valentine's Day together at Kansas City Hospice House. Phil had battled pancreatic cancer for some time.

Sitting by her husband's bedside, Norma shared stories of their time together. She explained how for them, every day was about showing how much they loved one another – not just on Valentine's Day. 

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Norma was also thrilled that day to have received a special gift from Phil. He had been somewhat unresponsive for about 24 hours, but he still managed to give Norma a Valentine's Day kiss. You can watch their story in the video player above.

"Well I just went up to him and I said 'Phil, may I have a kiss?'" she explained. "And he puckered up his lips and he gave me a kiss!"

Phil was a veteran who served in both the Navy and Air Force. He retired from Western Electric after 39 years, and he and Norma spent the past 28 years traveling and spending time with their family. Their favorite trip was spending every January and February in South Padre, Texas.

Phil leaves behind his wife Norma, their two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Wednesday Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at D.W. Newcomer's Sons Longview Funeral Home & Cemetery at 12700 S. Raytown Road in Kansas City.

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