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FOSS, Wilfred Kenneth

June 21, 1937 — November 25, 2018

Wilf passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the age of 81.  He is survived by his loving wife Sharon, daughter Louise Swan, stepdaughter Erin Ferris, son Bruce Foss, granddaughter Hannah Swan, sister Sharlene Olafson and brother Arnold Foss. He is predeceased by his parents Bud and Iva Foss.

Wilf was born in Cold Lake, Alberta, June 21, 1937, to Bud and Iva and grew up with siblings Arnold and Sharlene in Pierceland, Saskatchewan. He received his B.Ed. and a B.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan. A dedicated teacher and coach, Wilf taught math and phys. ed. in Rosetown, Saskatchewan and later in Regina at Campbell and Sheldon Collegiates. Wilf coached curling, basketball, and practically every other sport. He married Eileen Rawlake and became the proud father of Bruce and Louise and loving grandfather of Hannah. Volunteering for an exchange program, he taught for two years in St. Kitts, where he enjoyed snorkeling and spearfishing. Proudly teetotal, Wilf was a remarkably accomplished athlete: Canadian high jump champion in 1959, Brier Championships participant in 1984, Senior Curling Championships participant in 1989 and winning team member in 1998, Masters Open Curling winning team member in 1999, Saskatchewan Senior Golf Champion in 1994, among others. Wilf and the curling team were inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. When they weren’t traveling the world, Wilf and second wife, Sharon, enjoyed retirement by wintering in Sun City—where Wilf continued to golf and took up woodworking—and summering in Kelowna—where he cycled all over Gallagher’s Canyon and throughout Southern BC. Competitive athlete that he was, Wilf rode part of the Tour de France route on one of his trips and he continued to cycle even after his 81st birthday. Wilf’s friendly and generous spirit will be sorely missed by his loving family and friends. The family gives special thanks to Dr. Hart, Mill Creek, We Care, and a wonderfully warm and supportive group of friends. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, www.alzheimer.ca, or charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Service
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 p.m

Location
Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for FOSS, Wilfred Kenneth is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1 p.m. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Rd. Kelowna, BC

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Condolences

  • Cameron Foss says:

    Thinking of you all at this very sad time.💝

  • Elena Krueger says:

    Louise, Bruce, and family: so sorry for your loss. You dad was a great person, teacher, and coach. I have many fond memories of him. May his memory be eternal.

  • Jean Baldwin says:

    My condolences to Bruce and all of your Dad’s family and friends

  • Gary and Shirley Leswick says:

    Sharon, Louise, Hannah, Bruce and Erin, our deepest condolences. We were fortunate to have know Wilf for the past 17 years. We loved his positive outlook and wonderful sense of humour, and we’ll miss him dearly. Love to you all.

  • Eilleen (Lupastin) Schuster says:

    I was honoured to teach with this accomplished athlete on the other side of the gym at Campbell Collegiate in Regina.
    Wilf was also a great track and field coach. I belief he was on the Canadian track and field team at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. I took Reg Hawe’s modern jazz dancing classes with Sharon and her daughter Erin at the Regina College Campus. I also .see Eileen Foss and their daughter Louise and granddaughter Hannah at many Romanian dance functions in Regina.

  • Gerry Zimmer says:

    My condolences to Sharon, Bruce, Louise and family. I will always cherish the many years I was privileged to have with Wilf as a friend and a team mate and will deeply feel his loss.

  • Myron and Anita Yurko says:

    Sharon and Family we are very sorry to hear of the passing of Wilf, may you all continue to remember all of the special memories and good times that you all shared. May God be with you all as you continue life’s journey.
    God Bless Myron and Anita Yurko

  • George Holizki says:

    My condolences to Wilf’s Family. I met Wilf through the Teachers’ Curling and Golf Tournaments where we had a lot of fun. He and I were both on the SK Seniors’ Golf Team down in Windsor. Wilf ranks with the greatest guys I knew.
    .

  • Linda (Pickard) Sawatzky says:

    My deep condolences to all. I always liked whom I knew as Mr Foss. He taught me grade 9 math 54 years ago at Campbell Collegiate. He was a friendly, dedicated, enthusiastic, excellent and no nonsense teacher whom I greatly appreciated. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Thank you, Mr Foss, for your kindness and caring and interest in your students.

  • Fred Hill says:

    Sharon & family
    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of Wilf. I followed his curling successes with Gary, Dale and Gerry. I was then fortunate to be on the same team as Wilf for two trips to Canadian championships. All my memories are positive. The next while will be difficult for you but remember you have many friends that are thinking of you,
    Fred Hill

  • Leslie Brunet family says:

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. 😢. Condolences being sent to all the family from mine. Thinking of you during this time. Hugs to all 💔

  • Tom Gosse says:

    My condolences to the family. Wilf was my high school basketball coach and mentor. We have kept in touch for over 50 years. I will always remember him imparting (perhaps yelling) encouragement (i.e. move your butt) every game, every practice and even in the hall sometimes. He had a profound impact on my playing career. I would never have got to play basketball at the level I did without him. I will miss him.

  • Gary Bryden says:

    We were sad to hear of Wilf’s passing. We take heart that he was so fortunate to live such an active and full life.
    With our sympathy and love to the family

  • Margaret Huntington says:

    Thinking of you, Sharon, and the whole family at this sad time. I taught with Wilf and Sharon at Campbell Collegiate in Regina and have many fond memories of my time there with both of you. Wilf was such a vital, strong presence on our large staff and was highly regarded by everyone, teachers and students alike. He was an honest and direct person; you always knew where you stood with Wilf :). My sincere condolences to you and the family.
    Marg

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