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HICKEY, Desmond Patrick

Desmond or “Captain Des” as many knew him passed away on August 1, 2019, surrounded by family, at the age of 84. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol; daughter Sherry (Mike) and son Rowan (Robyn); and his grandchildren Hailey, Scott, Brandon, Megan, Kealan, Sheamus, Andrew, and Nathan; great grandchildren Taegan and Talan; and his sister, Eileen. He was sadly predeceased by his daughter, Wendy.

Desomond was born in Montreal, QC. As a young man he made his way to Kelowna, BC to work at the Simpson Sawmill. For the majority of his career he was the tugboat operator on Okanagan Lake. Despite his 35 years on the lake he never saw the elusive Ogopogo.

He met and married (in 1972) the love of his life, Carol, becoming an instant dad to Wendy, Sherry, and Rowan. Throughout their lives together they were all about family. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was quite a storyteller.

In his younger years he would “cut a rug” on the dance floor, he was always on the social committees planning the parties. Lately you could find Des sitting on his deck soaking up the sun, spending time watching the squirrels, birds and hummingbirds.

A private family service will be held for Desmond. He loved whiskey and animals, so in lieu of flowers, send memorial donations to the SPCA, spca.bc.ca, and next time you have a whiskey raise your glass to Captain Des.

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  • Jan King says:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family Sherry. Sending you a bouquet of hugs. Keeping you all close in thought and prayer. God bless. Jan King

  • Ron and Donna Unser says:

    Carol and family, we are so sorry to hear this news, so many great memories of such a fun loving great man our deepest condolences, Ron and Donna

  • Eddie Fisher says:

    My deepest condolence goes out to Carol and rest of the family. I will always have fond memories of Des. He was a great man.
    God bless you all.
    Eddie Fisher

  • Tanis Rantucci says:

    To Sherry and Mike and family, please accept our deepest condolences. The times I met your dad I could see how important his family was to him. I know this must be very hard for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending our love.

  • Dee Hoggard says:

    Dear Carol and family, so sorry to hear of Captain Des,s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. so many fond and special memories. Glass raised to Captain Des…..

  • Floyd Lillies, Nakusp, BC says:

    I have many fond memories of Des: beach parties on Manhatton Point, Jaycees, the “Jolly Boys” (Des, Ed Hunt and Wayne Grafton). Glad he was part of my life in my younger days. Condolences to his family and friends.
    Floyd Lillies, Nakusp, BC


    CAROL AND FAMILY SO very sorry to hear about your loss….YOU two sure did throw some great parties for us mill workers…. Des was a lot of fun and a great person…Thinking of you all

  • Desmond Hickey says:

    Condolences Carol and all the family Prayers the Hughes Family

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