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CAPELL, Elin “Rosemary”

November 27, 1943 — May 22, 2021

It is with deep sadness that the family of Rosemary Capell announce her passing on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the age of 77.

Rosemary lived a full and geographically diverse life. She and her twin sister, Patricia, were born in British Guyana (now simply called Guyana) in South America. As a young child, Rosemary moved with her family to Africa, where she grew up mostly in Zambia. Rosemary moved to Zimbabwe for university, where she met her husband, Rob. They had one child, Jennifer. In 1981, the family immigrated to Kelowna, where she lived the rest of her life.

As a young parent in Canada, Rosemary worked two jobs and volunteered extensively in the community. She was trained and worked both as a geologist and as a chemistry lab instructor at Okanagan College, and later, UBCO. She was known for her excellent organization skills, high quality work, and for always being willing to assist others. A career highlight was helping a Kelowna company find the first recorded diamond in Canada.

Rosemary always enjoyed an active lifestyle, especially running and biking around Kelowna. She also enjoyed bridge, knitting (especially gorgeous sweaters for her grandchildren!), games and puzzles, genealogy, volunteering, and travel (visiting more than fifty countries). Rosemary had a keen sense of humor, and always found great happiness and a sense of purpose in helping others. She volunteered for more than 20 years at KGH and was an active member of St Michael Anglican Church in Kelowna for almost 40 years.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of Brookhaven Extended Care and Rosemary’s close friends for the loving care they extended to Rosemary in these final years.
Rosemary is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert Capell; her daughter, Jennifer (Murray) McCutcheon; her grandchildren, Simon and Emma McCutcheon; her sister Patricia (Rod) Hargreaves; her nephew, Dave Hargreaves, and his children, Matthew and Allison; and her nephew, Brian (Vasey) Hargreaves, and their children Natalie and Gray; as well as many much-loved extended family members around the world.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joan and Alan Earle, and her niece-in-law, Lora Hargreaves.

A celebration of life will be held to honour Rosemary at a later date. Please contact the family if you would like more information.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

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  • Dennis and Jan Denney says:

    Our sincere condolences to Rob and Jennifer. Rosemary was always such a pleasant person to talk to. sincerely; Jan & Dennis

  • Brent Carr says:

    I offer my sincere condolences on the passing of Rosemary. I worked with her for a number of years at CF Mineral Research. She was a great lady and a good friend.

  • Angela Harrington-Webster says:

    My deepest condolences to Rob & Jennifer & family during this time of loss,. I remember meeting Rosemary at Northwood retirement home when my parents lived there, I always enjoyed our conservations & you both always had such great big smiles.
    May your memories of Rosemary bring you comfort in the days ahead.
    Angela Harrington-Webster

  • Diana-Lynn Kushneryk says:

    Dear Mr. Capell and family,
    When I was a student at OUC I was fortunate to have Rosemary as my Chemistry Lab Assistant. She was truly a remarkable teacher who shared with her students a high concentration of positive feedback and an extreme wealth of knowledge. She was super supportive, available for assistance whenever needed or asked. The one trait about Rosemary that resonates with me to this day was her kindness! I am so grateful to have known her and I am so sorry for your loss.
    My deepest condolences,

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Donna & Cec Goss and family says:

    To Rob, Jen & Family
    We are so saddened by the passing of Rosemary and are keeping you close in our hearts and prayers.
    We are very Grateful for her Kind and Loving Friendship over the years.
    May the Special Memories of Rosemary bring you much Comfort, Peace & Strength in the days ahead
    Love & Prayers,
    Donna & Cec Goss & Family.

  • Joyce Boon says:

    Rob and Jen, we are so sorry to hear of Rosemary’s passing. She was a wonderful friend, colleague and a great bridge player! She was so supportive of everyone at OUC and UBC – students loved her, and those of us who worked there always relied on her and knew that she would be there to help us at any time and in any way. She will be remembered and missed. Joyce and Dennis Boon

  • Angela (Minchuk) Pomeroy says:

    Dear Mr. Capell and Family.
    God’s blessings of peace and comfort to you all and I hope you are embracing cherished memories of your loving relationship with your wife and mom.

  • Patricia Zuk says:

    Dear Rob and Jen,
    I am sorry to hear of the recent passing of Rosemary. I have fond memories of Rosemary both as a family friend but also as a competent caring chemistry lab teacher at OUC. A very kind highly intelligent supportive and caring woman.

  • Erin Radomske says:

    Dear Mr. Capell and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosemary when I was a student at OUC and later as a research assistant in the EESC Department. Rosemary was kind and generous and the heart of the chemistry department at OUC. Rosemary stood out as a truly amazing person. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Carol Evans says:

    Dearest Rob, Jennifer & Family – I just found out today that Rosemary had passed away in May — What a sad loss for all of you – In Rosemary’s retirement years, it was so great to see her volunteering at hospital — I will keep all of you in my prayers and sending loads of LOVE & HUGS – Carol Evans

  • Betty Yarrow says:

    Dear Rob & families. May dear Rosemary rest in Peace. I remember you & Rosemary from Northwood. Seeing your energy for biking, swimming etc. was great. God bless you and your loved ones Rob as you cope with your loss. I often remember you for your trips to Parkinson pool to swim & cards here at NW and your attendance at SPX Parish. Rosemary is sprcial to remember.
    Betty Yarrow

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