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December 16, 1966 — August 24, 2013

Passed away August 24, 2013 with his wife holding his hand, after a brief battle with cancer. Daryl was born on December 16, 1966 in Kamloops and grew up in Vernon, BC.


Daryl will be dearly missed by his wife Lori and three children: Aidan, Patrick and Ryan. He is survived by his parents Ray and Helen Donovan of Vernon, BC; his two brothers, one sister, numerous extended family and many special friends.


Daryl will be remembered for his great sense of humour and practical jokes, especially amongst his co-workers. He loved the Okanagan Valley and enjoyed all it had to offer, especially sharing the time with his boys while hiking the mountain trails, skiing Big White, mountain biking and spending summers at the family cabin on Okanagan Lake. Daryl could also be found on the sidelines of the soccer field, coaching all the boys; and his youngest son the past four years (COYSA), while encouraging his middle son Patrick and teammates with Kelowna United. He was also behind the bench with Kelowna Minor Hockey, coaching the “Flyers” to a successful season finish.


Prayers will be recited on Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm at St. Pius X Parish in Kelowna. Funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am, also at St. Pius X Parish, 1346 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC with Father Francis de la Cruz as celebrant. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.


A special thank you to the wonderful nursing staff on 5B at Kelowna General Hospital and Dr. Sohayl Ghadirian during Daryl’s stay, and for outstanding care from his physicians: Dr. Kevin Oswald, Dr. Sanjay Rao, and Dr. Mary Wall.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3 www.bccancerfoundation.com



Prayer Service
Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

St. Pius X Catholic Church

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Service Details

The prayer service for DONOVAN, Daryl is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00 pm at located at 1346 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC.

The service for DONOVAN, Daryl is scheduled for Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

St. Pius X Catholic Church

1346 Gordon Drive Kelowna, BC


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  • Mark Reha says:

    Im so sorry to hear the passing of Daryl, our prayers are with you and your 3 sons.

    KMHA Coach

  • Jennifer Jarge says:

    My heart breaks for your family. This is a very big loss and I hope you will let us support you in any way you need. Daryl was such a warm person and we loved the enthusiasm he showed the kids while coaching. He will be missed.

  • Renee Simons says:

    So sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.

  • Tracey McFarland says:

    Lori and family, I an shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. My heartfelt prayers are with you.

  • Karen McInrue says:

    “When someone we love dies, it seems as if time stands still. And silence… a quiet sadness… often can be felt, not just heard, a longing for one more day… one more word… one more touch… And we may not understand why God chose to have him leave this earth so soon, or why he had to leave before we were ready to say goodbye, but little by little, we will begin to remember not just that he died, but that he lived. And that his life gave us memories too beautiful to forget. We will see him again someday, in a heavenly place where there is no parting. A place where there are no words that mean goodbye.”

    • Deborah Harrison says:

      Such a beautiful expression of condolence by Karen McInrue. Clearly, you have an understanding of loss on a deep “soul” level that I’m sure will bring comfort to Daryl’s family and many others. My condolences to the family of Daryl. You don’t know me but please know that I am holding you in “love and light” in your time of grief.

  • Fr. Andriy says:

    May God grant his soul a place of rest where all of the Saints abide and make his memory everlasting in Him. Please accept my expressions of sympathy and condolences.

    Fr. Andriy
    Ukrainian Catholic Parish
    Kelowna, BC

  • Leanne and Darrell Hopegood says:

    Lori and kids, Please know that you will in our family prayers for the days and weeks ahead. May God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

  • Denise says:

    What a tragic loss. I will remember Daryl with a smile on my face. His sense of humor brigthened my day always. My deepest sympathy.

  • Bonny says:

    Hi Lori:
    Please accept condolences from
    KGH Transfusion Services. You
    and your family are in my personal prayers. Sincere sympathy with your loss.

  • Rhea & Wes Wiseman says:

    Lori, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are unable to attend Dary’s funeral but our thoughts and prayers will be with you. May all the great memories of the wonderful times you shared help you at this sad time.
    With deepest sympathy.

  • Cathy Villar says:

    Dear Lori, Sending sincere sympathy for your loss and wishing you the strength to get through the coming months. You have been in my thoughts so often over the last few months. If there is anything you need, don’t hesitate to ask. Hugs to you, Cathy

  • Tracey Hawthorn says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. He was such an amazing husband and father. He made so many contributions to the health care field and to the community. He will be dearly missed. Tracey

  • Sheila (Podanowski) Procter says:

    Peace be With You. I am so sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing.

  • Susan Salhani says:

    Lori, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear husband. My thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time.

  • Marcey Reid says:

    Dear Lori, Aidan, Patrick & Ryan, those we love never really leave us…they stay in our hearts forever. May the memories of a loving husband and father be with you always. Prayers and condolences to the family.

  • Janice (Schafer) Bittante says:

    Lori, my heart goes out to you and your kids. I can’t imagine losing my soul mate and partner in life. I am praying for you and sending you strength and courage.

    Kathleen, Kevin, Brian…you and Daryl were such a big part of my growing up in Vernon. I have such amazing memories of our times together. I am so sorry that you have lost your brother. If you are the people I remember, I know you will be there for the boys and for each other.

    Mom & Dad Donovan….my prayers are with you, my heart aches for you.

    On behalf of the whole Jack & Joan Schafer family, please accept our deepest condolences. Janice

  • Helene Gellert says:

    Lori we are so saddened by your loss.Hope you and the boys will find the strength to get through these trying times.Please let us know if we can help you in any way.
    Thinking of you
    The Gellert’s

  • Penny says:

    Lori and Boys, my heart absolutely bleeds for you. Daryl was a gem – smart, fun, witty and very kind. He will be dearly missed but will live forever in your memory and your hearts. Take good care of yourselves and each other. Penny Bertrand

  • Krista Thomas says:

    So sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. He was a great person and I’m glad to have been able to have had his good natured presence in my life, if only for a short while. My condolences to Lori and the family.

  • Adam and Dawn Robertson says:

    Over the years, its been an honor to know Daryl first as a coach, then as a friend. With his positive energy and humor, he taught the young players sportsmanship, respect and teamwork. All the kids he coached are better individuals because of Daryl. He will be missed.

  • Jim Palfrey says:

    I first met Daryl about five years ago. Second day into my new job, the HR team rented scooters to say farewell to a departing colleague. I remember how Daryl went out of his way to make me feel welcome. He was such a great guy and I have tremendous respect for him. He will be missed! Lori and family, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Doug & June MacEachern says:

    Dear Lori:
    Rosslyn called to inform us of the death of Daryl. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and yours. Words are hard to find to express the heavy hearts you are now experiencing but it is our sincere hope that each of you will know now and in the days to come the truth of the words “in life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. Thanks be to God”

    God ever bless,
    Doug & June

  • Lawrie and Vicki Skolrood says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Donovan family, our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

  • Chris and Kris Dowden says:

    “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.”

    It is with a very heavy heart that I write this note. Not only was Daryl an amazing husband and father, he was also an outstanding soccer coach. Jacob will be forever touched by Daryl due to his incredible coaching skills and wonderful personality. Daryl changed those boys by showing them the love of soccer. I am eternally grateful and so very thankful for ever have known such an astonishing man.

  • Fr. Dale Normandeau says:

    From myself and on behalf of my parish communities of St. James and Our Lady of the Valley, please accept our prayers at this time of sadness and grief. May God console and be with you.

  • Deb kp says:

    Dear Lori–
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will keep your family in my prayers. Let me know if you need anything at all. I have tons of hugs a great ear and big shoulders. Love you lots, deb kp

  • Bryan & Jan Smith says:

    Lori & sons, Ray & Helen and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories of Daryl give you some solace and know that your strong family ties will guide through the days ahead. God bless. Bryan & Jan Smith, Vernon

  • LiseAnne Doiron says:

    Lori, our families thought’s prayers and condolences are being sent to you during this terrible loss of
    Daryl your wonderful partner, husband and father of your three beautiful boys. Whenever we saw Daryl in our neighborhood with the boys or with you the immediate feeling was pride. We could always tell that his favorite accomplishment’s were his family. We respected him for it. My heart breaks for the loss of this great family man.
    With our love, Rick LiseAnne and Matt Doiron

  • Andrew and Shizuka Giffin says:

    Daryl was great man and will be sorely missed. He will always be remembered as Coach of the Year! Deepest condolences to the entire Donovan Family.

  • Sherry Kowalchuk says:

    Lori, Aidan, Patrick, and Ryan
    He may be gone, but will be by your side forever. You have a Guardian Angel, looking over you. We will be keeping you in our prayers in the coming weeks and months. If ever there is anything we can do, just let us know.
    Sherry,MacKenzie and Rory Kowalchuk

  • Shannon Siebert says:

    Lori and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Daryl’s passing. May the memories you have shared always hold him dear to your heart.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Doug & Leona Hannan says:

    Lori, We were saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you and your family to help you through these trying times.

  • Dale Sapieha says:

    We are very sorry for your loss. If there is anything that we can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask.
    Dale & Shelly Sapieha

  • Paula Turner says:

    Lori, Aidan, Patrick and Ryan
    We are so sorry to hear about Darryl’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers

    Paula, Alexia, Dominique and Ereka Turner

  • Corinne Muchowski-Stone says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Daryl. We had a lot of fun working together at Columbia back in the day. I hope one day that you and the boys find joy in the good memories you had with Daryl.
    Thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
    Corinne Muchowski-Stone

  • Jackie Marsh says:

    I worked with Daryl and so enjoyed his sense of humor and compassion..my heart goes out to you all.

  • Julie Greschner says:

    I am so sorry for your loss Lori. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Gwyneth Bruce says:

    Lori and family, I was so very saddened to hear of your devastating loss. I hope that the healing power of time, your beautiful memories and being in the thoughts and prayers of family and friends will aid you at this most difficult of times.

  • Claire & Darrell Gunderson says:

    Lori and family,
    So sorry we weren’t here to attend Darryl’s funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may all your happy memories help you get thru this difficult time.

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