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Philip Alan Hosterman

d. October 18, 2011

a Seattle native and 17-year Bainbridge Island resident died in his home October 18.He is survived by his daughters Claire Hosterman and Dove Cameron, former wife Bonnie Wallace, sister Mary Lyn Kappert (Hank), brother Michael Hosterman, parents-in law Bob Wallace, Kristin Wolfram, and June Wallace, brothers-in-law Graehm Wallace (Sarah) and Sandy Wallace (Kym), nieces Michelle, Jenny and Noelle, and nephews Jacob (Sarah), Brooks and Duncan, as well as many cousins and friends. His parents Philippe and Florence Hosterman preceded him in death.Philip was an adventurer and an artist. He grew up in Seward Park, attending St. Edward, then O'Dea High School. His love of music, and entrepreneurial spirit was apparent early and in high school he was playing both piano and saxophone in professional gigs.Phil continued his education at the University of Portland, where his junior year abroad in Salzburg was a life-changing experience. He fell in love with travel and other cultures, paving the way for the two years he would spend as a Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan from 1967-1969. Afghanistan was another turning point in his life, as he realized that despite being trained as a water resource engineer, he loved to work with beauty. In 1972 he founded Kandahar Trading Company, as a way to continue to travel and deal in the compelling ethnographic artifacts he found on his adventures. Over time Philip took a more active role in designing, and eventually Kandahar evolved into an ethnic fashion accessories company, with all of its production in India.Philip married Bonnie Wallace in Peshawar, Pakistan in 1988, and their first daughter Claire was born in 1989. Dove followed in 1996. He often said that being a parent was the best thing that ever happened to him, and that his favorite years in his life were when he was raising his girls. He was truly a wonderful father. As Claire and Dove grew older and became singers, Phil accompanied them on the piano, both at home and in public. Their love of music was a shared joy that will continue forward.Philip had a generous, spontaneous spirit. His sense of humor was youthful and impulsive, and everyone he touched has favorite stories.A memorial mass will be held on Saturday November 5th, at 10 am, St Edward Church, 4205 S Orcas St, Seattle, WA 98118. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, November 6th, at 10 am at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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