POWELL, Robert “Brian”
January 5, 1960 — April 17, 2023
Sadly, we announce the passing of Brian Powell, born January 5, 1960, and died April 17, 2023. He leaves behind his wife Alicia and his daughter Hannah.
Brian was born in East York, Ontario and raised in Ottawa along with his siblings Bill, Arthur, Liz, and Jim. Brian was a bright, smart, curious, an intellectual, artistic, creative person whose priorities were God and his family. He was a sentimental and romantic person, loved nature and the outdoors, wasn’t keen in working out indoors. He was an encouragement for his family to strive during tough times.
Brian loved to travel and explore other countries, he was interested in linguistics and culture. He spent one year in Japan and another in Seville teaching English, learning their cultures and making friends. As a young believer, he wanted to be a missionary, joined a group to go to India and Britain. He was a supporter of MCI Missions for the last 20 years, Compassion Canada, and Doctors without Borders. He believed in the importance of supporting the community in Kelowna with donations to the Food Bank.
Brian liked to make jokes to entertain other people during gatherings. He held different positions at UBC Vancouver and later at UBC Okanagan. During his professional career, he moved to different cities within Canada. For two years, he commuted from Kelowna to Coquitlam every other week to spend the weekend with his family until the family settled in the Okanagan. Brian was an easygoing person who extended his hand to anyone who asked for his help.
We want to thank his mom, Betty; Alicia’s family; Willow Park Church; friends from Vancouver and Kelowna; colleagues from UBCO, ORL who have been a blessing to the Powell family for the last year and a half.
A Celebration of Life will be held on SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2023, at 4:00 PM (PST), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.
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