We Remember

GABOR, Karoly

October 16, 1936 — April 6, 2024

Our beloved “Karcsibacsi” “Karl” passed peacefully, while surrounded by family on April 6, 2024.

Karl was born to Ilona Kecskemeti and Karoly Gabor in Cegled, Hungary in 1936. Looking for a better life in Canada, Karl emigrated from Holland in 1956, voyaged by sea, and landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Pier 21. Making Calgary, AB home, Karl worked for Domtar Packaging for 15 years before realizing his dream to move to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. After his arrival, he started his own successful business. Our father lived out the principles of integrity and trust, valuing the significance of a handshake. He was widely respected and cherished for his hard work ethic and his inherent kindness.

Karl was a member of our local Hungarian community for many years, he passionately gave many hours to the ‘club’ and also served as a president of the Hungarian club. Karl lived a purposeful life; he made homemade wine and the “best” Hungarian sausage for his friends as a beloved hobby, he also loved to cook and entertain, and he enjoyed keeping his garden lush and the eggs farm fresh. Karl had a great love of dogs, owning several over his lifetime, and leaves behind his beloved “Lucky”

Karl will be missed and always remembered by Cristeta Pastorin Gabor, his beloved wife of 34 years. Holding his love and teachings in their hearts are his children, Theodore (Monica) and Anita; his grandchildren, Lisa Marie (Bronwen), Matthew Karl, and Karlie Anne (TJ); and great-grandchildren Acacia, Kyra (of Karlie & TJ). Karl’s brother, Tibor Gabor, and Tibor’s children, Tibor, Karoly, Mihaly, and Eva Gabor, along with Karl’s other brother, Laszlo Gabor, and Laszlo’s children, Gabriella and Viktoria Gabor, will continue to treasure the moments they shared with their brother/uncle. Karl’s parents, Ilona Kecskemeti and Karoly Gabor, are now re-united in heaven.

Husband, father, brother, uncle grandpa… You were so loved, and you will be eternally missed.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to your local SPCA.

An opportunity to pay your last respects and to visit with the family will be held on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

A Funeral Mass, with Father Cerlouie Jimenez presiding, will be held the following day, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024, at 11:00 AM (PDT), with a reception following the mass in the church hall, at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Parish: 750 Rutland Rd N, 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.

There is so much more to say about this extraordinary man. The family would love to hear your stories of Karl and the wonderful life that he lived.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024, at 11:00 AM (PDT)

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Parish, 750 Rutland Rd N, Kelowna, BC.

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The service for GABOR, Karoly is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024, at 11:00 AM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Parish, 750 Rutland Rd N, Kelowna, BC.

750 Rutland Rd N Kelowna, BC


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  • Okanagan Hungarian Society says:

    Dear Gabor Family,
    Members and friends of the Okanagan Hungarian Society would like to express their sincere and heartfelt sympathy for your loss.
    Karcsi was a respected and integral member of our community. He worked tirelessly towards keeping our heritage alive. May he rest in the peace and love of God.

  • Rhonda Orduña-Pagulayan says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Lola Cristeta and family. May Lolo Karls’ soul rest in peace. 🙏

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