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Earle, Russell Denis “Russ”

October 24, 1945 — May 5, 2012


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Russell Denis Earle after a valiant 2 ½ year battle with cancer at the age of 66. Russ was born and raised in Vancouver where he lived most of his life, proudly working 37 years as a boilermaker-welder with Lodge 359. Russ retired to the Okanagan 11 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed his retirement with travelling, dancing, socializing with many friends and spending time with his family of which he was so proud. Russ is survived by brother Bob (Lois) Earle of Nanaimo, son Chris (Alissa) Earle, daughter Lisa (Mike) Schell, their mother Laurel Kelly, grandchildren Payton, Brooklyn, Kierstin and Oliver and companion Barb Shave. The family would like to thank the staff of the Cancer Centre of the Southern Interior, especially Dr. H. Docherty for his wisdom and compassion and also to the staff at the Central Okanagan Hospice House for their wonderful care of dad over the past four weeks. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, 104 – 1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E6.

Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Central Okanagan Hospice Association, 104 – 1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E6


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The service for Earle, Russell Denis “Russ” is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 1:00 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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  • Wendy & Gerry says:

    Our love is with you Lisa, Mike and family. So sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. Rest In Peace Russ. You have been through such a hard time. Your Dad is in a better place. Love Wendy & Gerry and family

  • Karen Mitchell says:

    I first met Russell/Russ last fall when he came with my sister, Barb Shave,to Peoria IL to help celebrate Mom’s 95th birthday. A few days later they spent a night at my home near Chicago, and Russ not only fixed my squeaky screen door, he was absolutely charming. What a nice man,a GOOD man. My condolences to you all.

    Karen Mitchell
    Dundee IL

  • Wanda Sheath says:

    Katherine Welsh and I wish to extend our sincere condolences to Russ’s family and friends. We met Russ while socializing and were struck by his sincerity, calm demeanor and genuine interest in folks around him.He will be missed. Wanda Sheath

  • Glenna Padley says:

    I first met Rusty about 30 years ago when our children were in after school daycare. We quickly became close friends and my chosen brother. He helped me through so many difficult times. He was always uplifting and always got me out of a slump – I miss him so much now as he would have been there for me now too. My only consolation is that I will see him again at home. I love you Rusty xoxo

  • Glenna Padley says:

    This is Russ at his birthday party Oct.21,1988, almost 25 years ago.

  • Glenna Padley says:

    Russ in 1991

  • Glenna Padley says:

    Russ 1991

  • Glenna Padley says:

    Russ’s birthday party Oct. 21,1988

  • Dianne Tucker says:

    I was so very sorry to hear of Russ’s passing. What a lovely man he was. I met Russ when we were square dancing 9 years ago. I knew him as a very kind, gentle, person and will miss seeing this lovely man at common events we used to attend. I visited him at Hospice two weeks ago and he was still positive as ever and upbeat. My sympathy goes out to the family. He will be missed by all who knew and cared for him. Sincerely, Dianne

  • wally dennison says:

    To the beloved family,dear friends and relatives of Russ:

    Deepest condolences and may you be comforted knowing that God is there to blessedly comfort you in your grief. wally dennison

  • Mireille Earle says:

    My deepest sympathy for Russ’s family and friends. Our path crossed for a short while, and, my life was changed for ever, adding joy and laughter to it. Russ’s greatest gift to us all was his capacity to care. He will be missed.

  • Don Fraser says:

    My condolences to Russ’s family and many friends. He was a loyal and longtime friend. He will be greatly missed.

  • Leah Todd says:

    I was at Russ’s service but didn’t introduce myself because the line was so long. You were probably overwhelmed.
    As part of Russ’s coffee group, I didn’t know him well, but I talked to him enough to appreciate that he was a good listener. We don’t find that quality in many people. Hearing the stories at the service made me feel more of a connection to Russ, and to all the people who attended his service. Sometimes when we celebrate a life, we get to know people more completely in death than we did in life.
    Leah Todd

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