Passed away after a battle with cancer on September 9, 2016 at the age of 52 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Deb; son Kevin; parents Martha and Koni; sister Karin (Mike) Muller; and a large extended family.
Born and raised in Kelowna, Al enjoyed a loving childhood surrounded by a large extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
He attended Graham Primary, Martin Elementary and Kelowna Senior Secondary School, graduating in 1982. He worked at several jobs, including Sun-Rype, Bigfoot Industries and Old Spaghetti Factory, but his favorite was driving truck with his Uncle Eric. He later attended Okanagan College completing the Automotive Technical Trades program and obtaining his Red Seal.
After completing his apprenticeship he worked for Northway Ventures until a serious auto accident prevented him from continuing as a mechanic. He later re-joined the work force in a related position as a parts man at Jacobsen’s and recently Bannisters.
In 1987 he married the love of his life, Deb (Motschko) and in 2003 they added Kevin their little family. Al was never so honored and proud to be a dad. He loved introducing Kevin to all the pastimes he enjoyed, especially yard sales, flea markets, Looney Tunes, trains and anything automotive. He loved to vacation with his family, his favourites being Leavenworth and Hawaii. He always had a crazy fashion sense with his loud shirts and the personality to match. He never cared what anyone thought of him, he was out for a good time no matter what he did.
Al loved his extended family with tremendous force, his own and the “out-laws” as he liked to call them. He referred to it as the “F” word, but family meant so much. All his relationships were always based on fun, and the memories they created will never fade.
He was raised in a home of faith, learning from the out-set that God was a part of his life. He maintained a constant relationship with his Lord and was a fierce prayer warrior. When he became ill in 2015 his faith never wavered, and although his recovery was not to be, he remained strong in his convictions until the very end.
Many thanks to the caring staff at the BC Cancer Agency, the chemo nurses, and Dr. Kaethe Clarke. You gave him hope. Thank you to the amazing home care team of nurses and professionals that enabled Al to remain at home as long as possible. So much gratitude and respect to the nurses, care aides, house moms, and support staff and volunteers at the Central Okanagan Hospice House. The friends and family that came by to visit lifted his spirits and warmed his heart. Finally, thank you Dr. Jennifer Parsons (Jenn!) for the unbelievable level of care you and your staff bestowed on Al as he completed his journey. We are forever grateful for your love and compassion shown to the entire family.
They number of people who impacted his life at the end are too numerous to mention so if we forgot to say it, please accept our apologies, we are forever grateful.
Join us in remembering Al in his classic style, not formal, but fun. In his own words, “a Fun-for-Al”, (not Funeral). Come casual, wear a Hawaiian shirt if you have one, and a favorite memory to share if you wish. There will be a viewing Friday, September 16 from 3-5 pm at Springfield Funeral Home and a Celebration of Life on Sunday, October 2 from 3-5 pm at the German-Canadian Harmony Club, 1696 Cary 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.”
Visitation: Friday, September 16, 2016 from 3-5pm at Springfield Funeral Home(2020 Springfield Road, )
Service: Sunday, October 2 from 3-5pm
Location: German-Canadian Harmony Club
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