Rick passed away on January 5, 2018 at the age of 64. Survived by his loving wife Rosanne (nee Morris); daughter Tanya M. (Jonathan “Jon”) Garratt of Kelowna; son Seung Chul T. (Sunny) Jennens of South Korea; grandchildren Callie, Rose, Garratt; sisters Julie L. (Colin) Cruikshank of Kelowna, Sue (Tom) McLean of Kelowna; brother Terry G. Jennens of Kelowna. Predeceased by his father Eric Gordon Jennens in 2010 and his mother Sylvia M. Jennens (nee Hyam) in 2017.
In his youth, Rick and his family travelled to Norway where they researched Viking history and Viking ships. They went on to build an exact replica on the west side of the bridge. It was then returned to Norway where they trained to sail it on the hopes of sailing it back to America.
After a fire in the family home, in Kelowna, Rick became interested in firefighting. He applied in March of 1978 and was accepted into Kelowna Firehall #2 as a paid-on-call firefighter. He went on to become a training officer, then District Chief for paid-on-call at Firehall #1, then Assistant Chief for paid-on-call at Firehall #8 where he was presently stationed. He helped at many house fires, accident scenes, and spent many hours at the 2003 fire. During these years he couldn’t pass up a retired (antique) fire truck and so a collection was started. His first truck was a Kelowna retired 1923 100 ft aerial ladder truck. Nine trucks, plus assorted fire apparatus later, a building was needed and built in 2013.
He was a founding partner of Heartwood Manufacturing (1986), manufacturing and importing office furniture.
Memorial service will be held on January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Main Firehall #1, 2255 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6 or BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, 3891 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N9 www.burnfund.org.
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Service: January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Location: Main Firehall #1
The service for JENNENS, Richard “Rick” W. is scheduled for January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.