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DOBSON, Christopher

August 17, 1965 — October 30, 2023

A Celebration of Life will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024, at 4:00 PM, 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.

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Chris Dobson, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 30, 2023, at the age of 58.

Chris goes to join those who left before him, including his mother, Donna, and his father-in-law, Arthur. Left to treasure his memory are his partner of 18 years, Marnie, and his three children: Brett, Sean, and Megan Dobson, as well as one grandchild. Chris is also survived by his father, Doug (Winnie) and his mother-in-law, Erika; sister, Tara; brother, Charles; and brother-in-law, Jason (Tracey); along with his cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chris, born on August 17, 1965, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, led a life marked by commitment, leadership, and service to his country. Growing up, Chris experienced the nomadic life of a military family (his father served in the army). Following in his father’s footsteps, Chris also embarked on a journey of service and enlisted, where he dedicated five years of his life as a skilled mechanic.

After his military service, he transitioned into the role of Roadside Technician at BCAA. That was the start of a successful career path for Chris. He transitioned into the role of Fleet Manager in the lower mainland, where he demonstrated his organizational and management skills. He then assumed the position of Manager of ERS Fleet & Contract Partners.  In 2017, he moved to Kelowna, BC, and he grew his fleet to where it is today. Part of his success was how he hand-picked each driver to nurture a one-of-a-kind, cohesive team. Chris was helpful by nature, whenever he encountered an open hood or anyone facing distress, he couldn’t help but offer his assistance. His willingness to lend a hand and provide support to others was a main characteristic. He was resourceful and determined, if there was something that couldn’t be fixed, he would discover a way to fix it. Dedicated is an understatement when it comes to Chris, he had that phone of his glued to him, no matter what time of day or night; a driver might need him ya know!

In 2005, his life took a delightful turn as he began dating Marnie. Together, they embarked on enchanting wine tours in and around the picturesque Okanagan. It was during these escapades that he discovered his deep affection for red wine. After that, evenings would often find him immersed in the warmth of a hot tub, sipping a glass of red wine (or “vino” as he called it) and his ever-present phone was still in hand, of course.

Chris had a range of simple passions that filled his life with joy. He had an unbridled love for cars, enjoyed peaceful moments fishing, relished rounds of golf, and adored their beloved dogs. He and Marnie had shared dreams of a serene retirement, envisioning a home located near a golf course, with a spacious backyard providing room for the dogs to run and play to their heart’s content.

Chris’s impact reached far beyond the boundaries of his immediate family. He was an integral part of a vast extended family, providing unwavering support, valuable guidance, and his wealth of knowledge. His departure leaves a lasting legacy of love, respect, and an abiding source of inspiration for all those fortunate enough to have known him. Chris’s influence will continue to ripple through the lives of many, as his memory remains.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC SPCA, www.spca.bc.ca

If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

Service
Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 4:00 pm

Location
Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for DOBSON, Christopher is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 4:00 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 Road, Kelowna, BC

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Condolences

  • Carmen LeSann says:

    So very shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Chris. He was my neighbour for a few years in West Kelowna. He was my snow angel, as well he became a cherished friend. We often dubbed him as the best neighbour anyone could wish for. Sending my thoughts and prayers of healing for you all in these difficult times.

  • Rolando Cruz says:

    We are saddened to hear that news, our condolences to Marnie and families.

  • Tanya Flood says:

    Chris has left a large hole to fill. My thoughts and love are sent to those suffering with his loss. He will always remain in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Hadland Greg says:

    So sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. He was a wonderful leader in the workplace, always a smile and a lending hand.
    Taken too soon and will be missed by all who knew him.
    Rest in peace my friend 😔

    • Pat Ruscitti says:

      Condolences to Marnie and family. Chris will be missed by all who were lucky to meet him. May he rest in heavily peace.

  • Karen Lutz says:

    Condolences to the family and all of Chris’s loved ones.

  • Albert Fuchs says:

    Rest in peace old friend.

  • Jennifer Fraser says:

    Sending All my love, Uncle Doug, Tara, Charles, Marnie and all of the second cousins we have. I will look for a picture we have of Chris at my Mum’s, him holding I think a sheepdog. That is how I remember him, from when I was a child. A huge smile with an even bigger dog on his lap. Know you are all in my heart.

  • Ken Murphy says:

    So shocked and saddened to hear this. Chris and I worked together for many years through BCAA. He had a passion and desire to always make a difference. He was a great friend who will be missed. Condolences to the entire family. A Great man gone too soon. LOVE AND RESPECT SIR

  • Joan Williamson says:

    Words do not express the sadness and heartache on hearing of the sudden passing of Chris. A wonderful guy taken way too soon. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and his dogs he loved so much. Rest in peace Chris.

  • Michelle Bartram says:

    I lived on the army base with Chris and Charles back when we were in high school. I’m sorry to hear of his passing and my condolences to his family and friends.

  • Brenda LePore says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Marnie & her mom and Chris’s Family. He will be missed by many who got to know him over the years with BCAA and his life before. He was a great guy.

  • Osman Zafar says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Marnie & her mom and Chris’s Family. He will be missed by many who got to know him over the years with BCAA and his life before. He was a great guy.

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