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It is with deep sadness that the Blanleil family announces the passing of our mother Eileen Blanleil, Mom passed away at Kelowna General Hospital Tuesday April 26, the same hospital she was born in on March 14, 1937. Mom was predeceased by her husband of 53 years Andre Sr.in 2012. She leaves behind 3 boys Andre (Adele), Rene (Nikki) and Maurice (Shannon) all of Kelowna, 8 grandchildren, Courtney, Kyle, Brett, Chad, Cody, Lauren, Taylor and Travis, and a great grandchild Rion. Mom is survived by her 3 sisters Shirley Bach, (Kelowna), Helen Fearon, (Nanaimo) and Joan (Blair) Pyett of Kelowna; brother-in-law John and Violet Blanleil, brother-in-law Wilf Savard and several nieces and nephews. Moms parents Angelo (Andy) and Agnes Gaspardone immigrated from Italy and Scotland respectively and lived on Roanoke Ave in Kelowna’s north end. After marrying Andre Sr. in 1959, the family moved up to South Kelowna. There they raised 3 active boys that were always playing some sport, followed by 8 grandchildren that were also playing many sports. I’m sure Mom attended more sporting events than any Grandmother in this world. She was unbelievably supportive of her grandchildren and her boys. We will love her and miss her forever!

A Celebration of Eileen’s life will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 4:30 pm at the Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Kelowna Fastball PO Box 2073 Kelowna BC V1X 4K5 as a bursary will be set up in Granny’s name for her unfailing support for the game she loved.

Umpires and Referee’s will miss her for sure!

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Saturday, May 7th at 4:30 pm

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Kelowna Fastball PO Box 2073 Kelowna BC V1X 4K5 as a bursary will be set up in Granny’s name for her unfailing support for the game she loved.


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The service for BLANLEIL, Eileen is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th at 4:30 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 Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Mary Welder says:

    I’m saddened to hear of your mother’s death, Extending to Andre, Rene, Maurice and your families my caring thoughts and deepest Sympathy in your time of loss. Mary Welder

  • Ken and Bim Luknowsky says:

    Rene, Andre and Maurice. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Ken and Bim Luknowsky

  • Gord Hynes says:

    The park will never be the same without Granny. She was a huge part of every game she attended. I’ve heard the same comments (“Blue, you missed a leadoff!”, “Blue, you must really like that pitcher to not call that a strike”, and a whole host of others). I grew up with her behind me, giving me the gears behind the plate. She’s going to be sorely missed.

    My deepest condolences to the Blanleil family.

  • Vernita says:

    So very sorry to all of Eileen’s family My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of u.

  • Al and Donna Horning says:

    Andre, Rene, Maurice and families
    We were very sorry to hear of the recent passing of your Mother. Many days were shared at King’s Stadium. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  • Cyril Chalk says:

    I was so very sad to hear of your mom’said passing. The news brought back some great memories from KSS days. You will be very much in our thoughts and prayers in the coming week.

  • Liz Borrett says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Eileen. She was a big part of thie community. She will be missed.

  • Dave Leimert says:

    Deepest condolences to the entire Blanleil family. Very sorry for your loss.

  • Allen Hawkins says:

    Andre, Rene, and Maurice and your families. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. She was very well known and loved for a lot of reasons and will be a huge loss. You all will have great memories.

    Allen Hawkins

  • Rolli and mary Cacchioni says:

    Our sincerest condolences to all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rolli and Mary Cacchioni

  • Tim Lenardon says:

    We are very sorry for your loss, Thoughts and prayers

    Sincerely Tim Lenardon and family

  • Dale & Lynn Armeneau says:

    So sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. Our condolences go out to Andre, Rene and Maurice and their families.
    Dale & Lynn Armeneau

  • Jill Watson says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother and Grandmother. We spent many years with her and Sr, at Girls Minor Fastball, where in addition to her great support of the girls, she had a rep for razzing the umpires. Our favorite saying- ” Ump, I’ve seen better eyes on a potato” She will be missed. Jill Watson and Julie Heppner (Watson)

  • Gary & Valerie says:

    Rene, Nikki & family,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this sad time. May you be comforted by your many happy memories. Gary & Valerie

  • Lois Earle and family says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • mert and curly Schneider says:

    So sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. Was the best sports fan ever. Condolences to All the families. Love Mert and curly Schneider.

  • Bill Corbett says:

    Sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. She was a special woman. More than any other attribute, PROUD is how I will remember her most. She was appropriately very proud of Senior, her boys and all her grandkids. I will miss her at the end of the row at The Rockets games. I am praying for God’s comfort for all of the Blanleil family. Peace be with you all,
    Bill Corbett

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