We Remember

DONNELLY, Gary James P.Eng

October 9, 1938 — February 5, 2017

Born October 9, 1938, passed away peacefully from an ongoing illness on February 5, 2017. Gary is sadly predeceased by his loving wife of 44 years Tannis; mother Marjorie Hillis and father James. Gary is survived by his son, James (Marianne); daughter Cathy Donnelly (Chris); three granddaughters Josey Marquardt, Emme and Kelsey Donnelly; brother Kurt (Elaine); four sisters Pat Donnelly (Dennis – predeceased), Glenda Donnelly (Rick McCallum), Janice Pattinson (Frank) and Kathy Blackford (Dave); brother-in-law Tom Hall; sisters-in-law Bobbie Madill and Noreen Scott as well as his life-long best friend Jim (Sharon) Lawrence and dear friend Ellie Ainsworth. Also remembering him are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Gary was extremely successful in his chosen field as a Professional Engineer and led many substantial projects all over North America before making Kelowna his home for more than 30 years. In retirement, he pursued his passions of travel and golf as well as spending time with family and friends. He will be remembered as a devoted loving husband, an amazing father and role model, a wonderful big brother, and a kind and loyal friend. The family would like to thank Independence Matters for all the kind, loving care and support they gave not only to Gary but to all his family. The family would also like to thank Peace Arch (Oceanside) for the excellent care they gave Gary during his final months.

We are truly blessed to have known him and to have been a part of his life. He will be greatly missed by all! A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, a gift in living memory of Gary can be made to BC Hospice & Palliative Care Association https://bchpca.org.

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Service: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Location: Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for DONNELLY, Gary James P.Eng is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Elaine r.v. Donnelly says:

    First and foremost I want to send my sincere condolances to MY sister in laws and their families and to my neice Cathy (Chris) and daughter Josey, and Jim(marianne) childen Emme and Kelsey.. Being the sister in Law to Gary I saw in him as being a wonderful caring and giving man.. He had a kindness and Gentleness that cannot be described.Spending some summer days out in Kelowna with our boys (Sean, Kyle and Rhyl(Garys godson). were very memorable He always found time to keep the energetic boys busy whether it be emptying and cleaning the pool..tidying up the yard and card games and playing pool for all.Our sons always respected him and their “aunty” Tannis.. His voice was always soft and carinf and his smile unforgetable.. Gary … we are going to miss you so much and I consider us so lucky to have had him a member of our family.. Thank you for being such a special person in our lives.. To Jim and Cathy I think of you often and want you to know how much it has meant to me to be a part of the Donnelly family.. Much Love from Elaine (wife of Garys brother Kurt)

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