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McConachie, Don

McConachie, Don

1939 — 2013

Passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the age of 74.  Survived by his loving wife Penny, three sons: Rob (Christa), Chris (Kelly), Dave; two grandsons: Matthew, Mark; three stepgrandchildren Ryan, Evan and Julia, his brother Bill all of Vancouver.  Don will be remembered for his zest for life, the twinkle in his eyes, his smile and the empathy he felt for all those who came in contact with him.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Okanagan Foundation, Suite 217 – 1889 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V5 of which he was a founding member.  (www.centralokanaganfoundation.org),

Service: Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Location: Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for McConachie, Don is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm . 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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  • I have looked up to Don all of my life. He was a great role model for me, even now as I am older. He cared for me when I had troubles and his advice was sound.I am really going to miss Don very much. All of my love and prayers to you, Penny and Rob, Chris and David.

    Condolence sent by: John Pritchard on June 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

  • Don will always be remembered as a leader that you could follow any where. He gave us opportunity, guidance when you asked for it and a chance for success. Don will never pass from our memory or gratitude.

    Condolence sent by: Tom, Daly, Lindsay & Emma McCarten on June 24, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  • my heart goes out to my life time, dear friends, whom I shared many cherished memories with, gowing up oon PRITCHARD dr. DON, was a beloved friend of my father, DUDLEY PRITCHARD; he & his wonderful family will always hold a special place in my heart

    Condolence sent by: jane pritchard on June 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  • To Penny & Family

    I remember meeting Don in Halifax for supper with his golfing group of friends. My wife and I were on a holiday trip there and were invited to join the group by our mutual friends, the Robertsons. Little did I know I would have the privilege of becoming one Don’s golfing buddies with the Tuesday Group here in Kelowna. Don was always a pleasure to golf with and I will miss him. Lori and I are very sorry to hear of your loss and we send our condolences to you Penny and all of Don’s family and friends.

    Larry and Lori Christie

    Condolence sent by: Larry & Lori Christie on June 25, 2013 at 8:53 am

  • Don was without a doubt, one of life’s few, true gentlemen. He had an infectious passion for everything he did, especially his love for his family and many friends. A wonderful man who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

    Condolence sent by: Kathryn & Wilson Markle on June 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

  • Through our good friends, George, and Jill, Robertson, we were lucky enough to have had the pleasure to meet Don, and Penny. Subsequently, I, became a member of the, “Happy Tuesday”, golf group. I think Don, added something to the life of all he met. His glass was always half full, and his attitude so positive. Tuesdays, will never be quite the same. Our condolences go out to Penny, and the family. We, will all miss him very much.

    Condolence sent by: Jack and Sisko Hamer-Jackson on June 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

  • Our thoughts are with you during these tough times.
    Kim, Jeff & Braydon Varey (Christa’s sister & family)

    Condolence sent by: Kim, Jeff & Braydon Varey on June 25, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  • My sympathies to Penny and the boys. Don was a terrific role model to his sons, always ready to offer sage advice, support, encouragement and to top up your wine glass! The Body Shop franchisees, especially those in BC can thank Don for many of their successes. He, Penny and “the boys” were always to be counted on for their enthusiasm and energy. Don’s laughter and conversation will be ones we won’t easily forget.

    Condolence sent by: Hilary Friesen on June 26, 2013 at 4:42 am

  • I will always remember Don for his infectious smile and good humour, his always reach higher attitude and his genuine concern for those around him. Having worked with Don during the formative years at Expo 86 I can say that Expo simply would not have enjoyed the success it did without Don. Ramona and I send condolences to Penny and family. So many good times! Remember them all!

    Condolence sent by: Jess Ketchum on June 26, 2013 at 6:49 am

  • Remembering our years of working together and fun times shared.

    Condolence sent by: Bob and Rosemary Rawnsley on June 26, 2013 at 7:03 am

  • …a Vancouver College classmate…a memorable friendliness …thanks,Don!

    Condolence sent by: John Oster on June 26, 2013 at 7:52 am

  • Don was magnanimous and charitable to everyone he met. He enveloped a room, no matter how many people were in it, from the moment he walked in. He was smart, decisively witty and always effervescent. We were honoured to spend time with him at Scottish Cove and your beautiful home.

    Our love to Penny and family,
    Paul and Debbie Walker

    Condolence sent by: Paul and Debbie Walker on June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

  • Sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I have fond memories of serving with him on the Advisory Planning Commission. Sincere condolences,
    Rolli Cacchioni

    Condolence sent by: Rolli Cacchioni on June 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  • Penny, Rob, Chris and Dave

    We were so sorry to read of Don’s passing. Don was a wonderful mentor and friend to Al in the early years of his business career. Although we have not connected in a very long time, I still remember the twinkle in his eye and his gentle humour during our dinners together.
    Don was a supportive and loving husband and father. He will be missed.

    Al and Marnie Poettcker

    Condolence sent by: Al and Marnie Poettcker on June 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

  • My heart breaks for you dear Penny, Rob, Chris & David. I adored Papa Smurf and have many fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. XXX OOO

    Condolence sent by: Tanya Macpherson on June 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  • Don had such a zest for life and was just so much fun to be around. We are sorry sorry for your loss, Penny.

    Condolence sent by: Joann and Rick Fennel on June 28, 2013 at 6:21 am

  • My earliest memories of Don were as a young boy spending time at the “Flying 20″ a ranch owned by Don’s Dad located between Penticton and Merrit in Southern BC. Many good times were had by all. Don was the image of his father with an easy laugh and compassion for all. He has left us too early and will be missed by many. We are truly saddened by his loss and extend our love and sympathies to his entire family and many great friends.

    Billee McConachie and family

    Condolence sent by: Billee McConachie on June 28, 2013 at 6:46 am

    • Don was just a year younger then I was..didn’t know him too well but remembered his dad Grant on the Flying 20 Ranch..so sorry for your loss..

      Condolence sent by: Mary Hale(Raymond, Hale Brothers Ranch on July 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  • I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Don for the past 6 years and wish I’d have known him longer. He was full of advice, sound judgment, humour, and warmth.
    His tales of his life’s journey (highs and lows) and encouragement inspired me to follow my passion and convictions. Don was at an announcement we did for widening Hwy 97 at the end of March. We chatted briefly and he said how proud he was of where I had taken my career. I will forever remember that. He will be missed deeply and for many years forward.

    Peace and god bless to the Mcconachie Family.

    Condolence sent by: Jay Denney on June 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

  • My sincere sympathy for all the family. Our thoughts are with at this sad time Rob & Christa ( Christa’ Mom)

    Condolence sent by: Pauline Stubbington on June 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

  • What a great loss to both thr family and the community. I first met Don when I transferred here with BMO and in 1969,Don was my District Manager – the youngest person at that time ever to hold that post. He was a wonderful leader and always with a smile and terrific outgoing personality.

    Our thoughts are with you Penny and family at this time.

    Condolence sent by: Fred and Sharon Stephen on June 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm

  • An outstanding friend and a fantastic man. I appreciated his knowledgeable advice.
    Our sincerest sympathy to Penny ,his family and his friends. We all will miss him and his contagious zest for life.

    Condolence sent by: Sharon and Winston Wammer on July 1, 2013 at 7:48 am

  • Penny, Chris, Dave & Rob

    I am so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was always an absolute pleasure to deal with and to be around. He was a brilliant man, always ready for a challenge but above all, he was a gentleman at all times. Hopefully, in time your many good memories will ease the pain. He will always be remembered fondly.

    Ray and Janis Froh

    Condolence sent by: Ray Froh on July 1, 2013 at 10:36 am

  • our very best to you Penny, family, and to Don’s brother Bill.
    how fortunate for us to have had that fun dinner with bob and pat tate not so many years ago to catch up on life growing up with canadian pacific airlines.
    noel and valerie [clark] roddick

    Condolence sent by: noel and valerie roddick on July 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

  • We are so sorry for your loss, Penny.
    We remember Don as very friendly, welcoming, warm hearted and caring.
    Our sincerest condolences to you and your sons and families and Bobby.
    Val and Ray

    Condolence sent by: Valerie Charison and Ray Trudeau on July 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm

  • Thank you everyone for your kind words and support. We all truly appreciate it. The McConachie family.

    Condolence sent by: The McConachie Family on July 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  • Penny,
    Heart felt thoughts from Greg and me (longstanding friends of your sister Jane). We were priveledged to have shared laughter, wine and golf (Greg at least for the golf) in Palm Desert earlier this year. Don lit up the room and was such a gracious, engaged and larger than life host. We’re so sorry for your loss, and grateful we had the brief chance to connect with you both in the desert. Condolences from both of us to you and your family.
    Emily & Greg

    Condolence sent by: Emil Schmidt & Greg Burns on July 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm

  • Dear Penny,

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Don’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and a true gentleman.

    I can remember some fun times the 4 of us had years ago.

    Please accept my sincere condolences to you and the boys at this difficult time.

    Kindest regards,


    Condolence sent by: Jim Abernethy on July 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm

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