October 30, 1953 — July 17, 2019
The family of Brian McAuley are heartbroken to announce his passing on July 17th, 2019.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 26th at 4:00 p.m. at the Springfield Funeral Home in Kelowna.
Born October 30, 1953 in Lennox Castle, Scotland to George and Jean McAuley, Brian was the first-born child and was soon joined by a brother and six sisters. The McAuley’s were an extremely close family and continue to be to this day. After leaving school, Brian began a five-year apprenticeship to become a Fitter. This accomplishment allowed him to travel all over Britain where he worked on nuclear submarines, power plants and distilleries.
The spring of 1970 would forever change the course of Brian’s life when he met the love of his life, Liz, at a Scout Dance in Glasgow, Scotland. Four years later they married and soon set off for Australia.
Brian worked as a maintenance engineer at Charlie Gardiner Hospital in Perth, the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere.
It was soon time for Brian to enter the most rewarding part of his life – parenthood. Their first child, Kristine, was born in 1977 in Australia. A few months later they continued their journey and immigrated to Kelowna, BC where their second daughter, Robyn, joined their wee family in 1978 and was followed by their son, Brian Graham, in 1983.
Brian worked at Brenda Mine in Peachland, BC for six years as a Millwright. He then began his 35-year career at the City of Kelowna as the foreman at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. While working for the city, Brian was also an instructor at UBC Kelowna for 13 years, where he taught in the Water Quality Program.
Brian was an active and influential member of the communities where he lived. He was an amateur football player in Scotland, semi-professional footballer in Australia, dabbled in ice hockey and was a current member of the Brandt’s Creek Old Boys Soccer club. He coached youth sports in Kelowna since 1978, including his children and grandchildren’s teams.
With interests wide and varied, Brian’s favorite endeavors including supporting Celtic Football Club, Kelowna Rockets, and travel. He explored many regions of the world, but three places were ‘home’ to him – Scotland, Kelowna and Southern California.
The births of Brian’s two amazing grandchildren, Camden and Tiernan Cassan were the brightest lights in his life. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend to countless people.
Brian is survived by his wife Liz McAuley; daughters Kristine McAuley and Robyn Cassan; son Graham McAuley; son-in-law Brooke Cassan; grandchildren Camden and Tiernan Cassan; brother Gerry McAuley and his daughters Lorraine and Lindsay; 6 sisters Margaret McAuley and her partner Michael, Marie (David) Wylie and their children David & Steven, Alison (Titch) Douglas and their daughter Gail, Jean (Joe) Meiklejohn and their children Michelle, Joseph, & Gerry, Christine (Kenneth) Gillon and their children Megan, and Fiona (Robert) McMaster and their son Scott; and countless friends.
The family wants to extend its deepest gratitude to all the family, friends, coworkers and community of Kelowna for their sympathies, love and support.
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