We Remember

HALPERIN, Zane Samuel

July 23, 2003 — March 10, 2024

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, we lost a generous, loving, and adventurous soul to the majestic Kananaskis peaks. Zane Samuel Halperin left his mark on every life he touched and he touched so many. Zane had a natural magnetism and created community in whatever he did. He was infectiously positive and had a huge, kind heart. He was a leader, an initiator, and a visionary. He deeply loved his family, his friends, and his outdoor playground. There will be a deep hole in the hearts of his family, his parents Dani Sarbit and Ross Halperin, his siblings, Ava and Talia, his grandparents Gayl and Jay Sarbit and Brenda and Mitchell Halperin, his two ‘shihtz’ Magoo and Rusty and his aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and many many friends.

Zane was born and raised in Kelowna, BC. He embraced everything the Okanagan has to offer. In the summer, he spent every free moment on Lake Okanagan from early morning water skiing to mid-day paddles to sailing and windsurfing at sunset. He would be the first out of bed to get in a solid mountain bike ride (often pulling less eager participants with him!). In the winter, he loved spending his weekends at Big White searching for fresh powder, finding first tracks, and skiing all day long until it was time for shinny hockey with his sisters, friends, or strangers and then a Jets’ game. You could always find Zane adventuring in the mountains, hiking, or biking with family and friends. There were always frisbees and skipping rocks in his car. He loved sharing his passion for the outdoors with others. He was a beloved coach at COSA (Central Okanagan Sailing Association) and the first to volunteer to take his young cousins around the ski hill. Zane touched kids and adults alike, many adults considering him a friend. He had a quiet way of encouraging everyone to be their best.

After graduating from Okanagan Mission Secondary School, Zane pursued his passion at Mount Royal University, working towards a Bachelor in Health and Physical Education with a major in Outdoor Leadership and Ecotourism and a minor in finance. His ETOL friends became an extended part of his family.

Zane will be missed as much as it is possible to be missed and we all cherish the time we had with him.

A Celebration of Zane’s Life will take place on Monday, April 22, 2024, at 1:00 pm, at Trinity’s Auditorium, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Attire: Zane style welcome. 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.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Zane Halperin Legacy Fund held at the Central Okanagan Foundation. These funds will be stewarded and endowed to support youth, young adult development, and outdoor adventure. Donations are accepted through:

Cheque mailed to: Central Okanagan Foundation, 306-1726 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R9
E-transfer: finance@centralokanaganfoundation.org, indicate your name and address
Canada Helps: Central Okanagan Foundation – Zane Halperin Legacy Fund
In-kind, publicly traded securities: Call the Central Okanagan Foundation at (250) 861-6160 ext. 7

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Monday, April 22, 2024, at 1:00 pm

Trinity's Auditorium, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for HALPERIN, Zane Samuel is scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2024, at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Trinity's Auditorium, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Heidi McIvor says:

    Sending you all the love and courage I have
    I love all of you, I’m so sorry. ❤️

  • Carolyn Bekkering says:

    Zane was an amazing soul. I’m so grateful for his presence in Sam’s life (and ours). He will be forever missed.

    • Chinyere Carey Bullard says:

      Sending my condolences, love and prayers that You be strengthen at this difficult time. My heart breaks to hear this. You guys are some of the best people I have ever met. . Sending love and light.

  • Melina Dharma-Wardene says:

    Dani and Ross – we are heartbroken to hear about Zane. Sending you all our love and prayers in the difficult time.
    Love: Melina Jeff and Finley

  • Natalie Spevakow says:

    I am so terribly sorry for your loss.. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to know Zane.. what an incredible human. Knowing him from his elementary days at Dorothea Walker always smiling and congenial, to bringing in my classes to the sailing club and seeing Zane in his element, teaching the littles to sail with such enthusiasm. He always had a real way with people. Genuine, kind and a love for life and the outdoors. Big hugs to you and your family. There really are no words. Thinking of you all. Sending love, and prayers of healing. Natalie Spevakow

  • Harmony Mir. says:

    I’m just so sorry for your loss. There are no words. My heart is with you all. My deepest condolences to Dani and Ross, Ava and Talia and to all who knew Zane. God be with you all.

  • Marcia Bullock says:

    Our family is so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Zane. His zest for life and fun loving personality made him so memorable. Your raised a wonderful young man.

  • Sheri Klassen says:

    Oh Dani and Ross, what a profound loss. I’m so sorry.

  • Jessica Abells says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Robyn Ross says:

    My heart and thoughts are with you and the extended family. My arms are wrapped around you from our distance. That was a beautiful eulogy. It’s apparent that Zane lived an incredibly full and adventurous life doing more while here than most people do in their entire lifetimes. What a beautiful bright light he is, one that will always glow. I hope that all of the incredible memories you made and shared together bring some solace to your hearts.
    Love Robyn

  • Reece Kranzler says:

    I met Zane at both of our first years at Mount Royal University. He was an infectiously positive person who brightened anyones day through something as simple as a quick conversation as we passed eachother in the parking lot. He will be missed deeply and my condolences to his entire family and everyone close to him. Rest in piece Zane❤️

  • Bettina Roth says:

    The tragic loss of a child is a pain that words cannot heal. Mark and I offer our heartfelt condolences and hope that the cherished moments you shared will bring you some comfort.

  • Anneka Twack says:

    I went to high school with Zane and graduated with him as-well. We didn’t know each other that well but we knew of each other and he was always the kindest person with such positive energy. I admired his passion and enthusiasm a lot. I am so very sorry for your family and this loss you are experiencing. I’m sending my utmost sympathy and condolences to all of you. I will always remember Zane as such a fun-loving person who had such a profound appreciation for the outdoors which is so amazing. Again so very sorry for your loss, I wish you the utmost peace throughout this very difficult and tragic time.

  • eleanorjacobs says:

    To the Families On behalf of the Jacobs family I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to all Such a loss .There are no words to express be strong ,our thoughts are with you.Remember the good times.He will always be remembered and never be forgotten Ellie &family

    • Rob and Diana Park says:

      Ross, Dani and the entire Halperin family. No words can really express how we feel, but know we are thinking of all of you at this time of great loss and pain, and that we pass along our deepest condolences..

  • Lina Jung-Kosar says:

    I’m so sorry about your loss…this is heartbreaking. May the love and support of your family, friends and colleagues give you strength through these difficult times

  • Kelly Ross says:

    Zane was so lovely; all that you’ve written about him is about as good as one gets; one life, how blessed was he and those who shared a laugh. Love to you all, we’re thinking of each and everyone..

  • Joan Caplan says:

    Dear Dani, Ross, Ava, Talia, Grandparents,Aunts and Uncles, cousins,
    With deep sadness, we send our heartfelt condolences.
    My family was captivated by Zane when we spent time together a few weeks ago because Steve and Quin were in town. He was so outgoing, telling stories of his adventures, plans of upcoming trips, and exuding such a love of life.. We will all always be inspired by his joyous generosity.

  • Michael Ross says:

    Huge hugs to Zane’s family, friends and community. His light lives on in all of us.
    Carpe Diem or in Zane’s words “Giver”.

  • Alex Laut says:

    our prayers are with your family.

  • Mark Masterson and Fiona MacLeod says:

    Our love and condolences to your family in this time.

  • Jennifer Read says:

    Zane was a skating instructor with us since September and although our time with him was short, we are so very luck to have spent the time with him that we did. His kindness and positivity along with on-ice knowledge and ability to run any lesson affected the lives of many. Kids loved him, and staff loved working with him. On Mondays, we would love to hear about what adventures Zane got up to on the weekend. It was an absolute joy to hear him share stories about his life. Zane will be dearly missed by all and please know that we will carry him with us forever.
    – Jennifer Read, Skating Programmer, Westside Recreation Centre

  • Rick Halperin says:

    Missed with great sorrow.

  • Cam Morhaliek and Sue Mah says:

    Oh, Dani and Ross, Talia, and Ava. We are crying with you in shock, disbelief, and hurt. We just found out today, and whatever words can express, we express condolence, sorrow, a shared understanding of the hole in hearts the obituary talks about. We love you, and in this life think about you all often. Zane was indeed a cherished soul and will never be forgotten. Oh what agony I know you are going through. There will be some resolution to all this, have faith in that, and know that we cry with you.

  • Jordana Hildebrandt says:

    What an incredible young man with such zest for life, the outdoors, and others- he must have truly left an invaluable imprint! Sending much love to all of Zane’s family and friends xxx

  • Stacey Shand & Luke Way says:

    Dani & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Kaelem Tingate says:

    Zane was a wonderfully positive person with a magnetic personality. The loss of such a phenomenal young man is truly a tragedy, My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  • Rick Halperin says:

    Deepest sympathy and condolences. Will share more photos. Love, Rick

  • Mike Milosevic says:

    Dear Ross – I was so sorry to hear about Zane. I am thinking about you and your family. My deepest sympathies.

  • Dr Janneme Frouws says:

    Dear Drs Halperin and Sarbit, I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your son. I pray that you may find strength and peace in the midst of the pain. Heartfelt condolences from my family to yours.

  • Dr. Joseph Ragaz says:

    Please accept our deepest condolences, Joseph ad Fiona

  • Brian Park says:

    Dear Ross, Dani and family, we are extremely sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Zane was clearly an amazing person and I unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet him. We are all thinking of you in this very difficult time. Brian Park

  • Reta Avery says:

    I first met Zane when he was a few months old when my Mom was in the hospital in Winnipeg. Gayl and Dani and Zane were kind enough to visit my Mom. There is something about a baby that perks up the ailing. That visit made my Mom’s day.
    We are so sorry for your loss. Zikhrono livrakha; May his memory be a blessing.

  • Jeremy Sivak says:

    Dear Dani and family,
    I am so very sorry for this loss. My deepest condolences.
    Jeremy Sivak

  • Denise Craine says:

    Ross, I am so very sorry for your loss. There are never the right words. I am sending much love to your family.

  • Mary Hooey says:

    Dear Ross and Family
    There are no words that I can say that will help ease the feeling of sadness and sorrow for you and your family. Zane will be forever remembered and forever missed. My deepest sympathy to all.

  • Jennifer Croke says:

    Dear Ross and family – my sincere condolences to you all. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Aden, Josh, Jill & Sydney Levy says:

    With love, respect, and honour to our beloved cousin Zane Halperin. You will be greatly missed. Rest in grace and eternal peace.
    Aden, Jill, Josh and Sydney Levy – Brooklyn NY

  • Devin Schellenberg says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to the Sarbit/Halperin family and the extended family that clearly held Zane in high regard.

  • Pete & Chris Roth says:

    Such sad and shocking news, sending our condolences to Ross and his family at this devastating time and for strength in the days ahead.

  • Dr Alex Balogh says:

    Dear Ross and family
    I was deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Zane’s passing.
    My deepest condolences and sympathies at this extremely difficult time.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Alex Balogh

  • Miriam Ruiz says:

    Dear Ross, Dani & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He will forever live in your hearts. You have my deepest condolences.

  • Pat Libman and Randi Libman says:

    Sending condolences and hugs.

  • Glen Rotchin says:

    What a beautiful description of Zane, A young man who clearly loved life so much and enjoyed it to the fullest. Being Montreal cousins we never got to know him, but it now feel like we know him a bit. The tragedy of his loss has sent shock waves across the country. Our hearts are broken. May you find comfort in the memory of good times.

  • Neal Sherman and Carolyn Beck says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Sarbit-Halperin family. Our thoughts are with you
    Neal and Carolyn

  • Nelson Armstrong and Linda Barnes says:

    Words cannot adequately express the sadness we feel for you today. We are so sorry to hear about Zane.

  • Jeff Pasenau says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Halperin and Sarbit families during this incredibly difficult time. Zane touched our family and so many others in an incredible way. A positive and wonderful young man in so many ways. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten. Sending love from the Pasenau family.

  • Randy Newton says:

    Such a tragic loss of a fine young man. My deepest sympathies to all the familes.
    Randy from COSA

  • Simon Jolly says:

    Dear Ross and family, we were shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Zane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  • Karin says:

    Zane was an amazing skating instructor for our kids. He was so engaging and energetic that he made a lasting impression on us. He always wears a smile, and our kids simply loved him, both as an instructor and a buddy who plays with them on the ice after class. He surely will be missed! Sending you our deepest condolences and prayers in such difficult times

  • Sue Cheung and Neil Robinson says:

    We are deeply sorry for the loss that you have suffered and extend our thoughts and prayers to your family. ❤️ on behalf of the Cheung/Robinson’s and the Mackenzie House family

  • Manal Assaf says:

    Zane was our daughter’s skating instructor. She loved to go skating because of him. She is usually more comfortable with female instructors, but she clicked with Zane. He was very warm and gave her a lot of confidence. Although we only saw him for 30 minutes once a week, he touched our family, and the skills he gave our daughter, she will carry with her for the rest of her life. It was very sad today to go there and not see him on the ice. We are deeply sorry for your loss. From the Soufan family.

  • Sara Taylor says:

    Ross, Dani, and family, we are terribly sorry to hear about your tremendous loss. Our deepest condolences. Sara and Ryan.

  • Janet Kluftinger says:

    Dear Dani, Ross and family,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful tribute to a very remarkable young man. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    With love,
    The Kluftinger Family

  • IvoOlivotto says:

    Ross and Dani. How devastating. Best wishes and courage.

  • Anita Colman says:

    I wish to offer my deepest condolences for an unbearable loss. While I didn’t know my Zane, my third cousin, I wish I had. What you wrote about him gives me such a clear picture of who Zane was. Take good care, all my love, Anita Colman

  • Gregory W. Davis says:

    Hi Ross, this is Colin’s friend Greg Davis from the Bahamas. We met when you were visiting him there a long, long time ago. He just shared the news about your son. I’m sooooo sorry to hear that and just wanted to let you know that we’re thinking of you.

  • Colin Bullard says:

    Deepest condolences to entire Halperin family. From your friends in the Bahamas. My mother, Virginia, brother, Cordie and Chinyere. My son Colin in Halifax and of course my daughter Mia and I here in Dubai. Our mutual friends Greg and Mark Davis also would like to extend their condolences. If there is anything I can do to help you all through this difficult time please let me know.

  • Marla Styles says:

    I vividly remember having Zane in my Foods class at OKM when he was just 13 or 14… his magnetic force was so strong and he was one of those rare teens that seemed to connect with everyone. He was so friendly, kind, passionate and positive about everything and everyone and he and I had a wonderful teacher- student relationship. I knew from the start what a wonderful young man he was and how much of an impact he made on me as a teacher.
    Later that year I remember talking with you, Dani, in your office one afternoon about what an awesome guy Zane was. My daughter Tatum also remembers Zane from COSA and really enjoyed having him as her instructor numerous times. I am heartbroken for you and Ross (and your girls) to lose such a wonderful soul at such a young age and I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I hope that all of you can continue to keep his memory alive with all of the stories and memories of your amazing Zane.

  • Jim and Carol Church says:

    Our heart felt sympathy.

  • Pauline, Donna and Val Lewis (Rosemere QC) says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to you and the extended Halperin and Geller family at such a sad and difficult time.

  • Shannon and Cory Cross says:

    I pray your family can find strength and peace. We are thinking of you all during this incredibly difficult time. Much love ❤️

  • Alan Wright says:

    Dear Ross, Dani, Ava and Talia, please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of your son and brother, Zane. I am grateful for the opportunity to have enjoyed Zane’s camaraderie on sailing, biking and skiing adventures where we learned from each other and laughed together. Although he is no longer physically with us, Zane will live on in our memories and in how we emulate his wonderful attributes in the future. With love, Alan Wright

  • Hamid Raziee says:

    Dear Ross,
    Please accept deepest condolences from Marjaneh and I to you and family for your unbelievable loss. We think of you, and pray for peace and strength in the midst of this pain.

  • Mike Partrick says:

    Ross, Dani, and the entire family: so very sad and devastated to hear of the tragic loss of Zane. Our best wishes to you all. The Partrick family.

  • Margaret Felker says:

    Sending our deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers. Sending love, hugs and healing your way.

  • Lorraine Friesen says:

    Dani, Ross, Ava and Talia our hearts are aching for your loss. As the days go on, we learn more about the impact Zane had on Liam and we are so grateful for that friendship. Generous ,energetic, positive, adventurous, funny, and kind, Zane is the guy any parent would be proud to see their son hanging out with. Zane will be missed greatly.
    Hugs to all from the Friesen family.

  • Brenda Schell says:

    Ross, Dani, Ava and Talia – you are in our hearts and thoughts every day.
    Mike and Brenda Schell

  • Derek Hyde says:

    Our heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family.

  • Vinton Family says:

    What an amazing young man! We send our condolences. Prayers for continued strength and healing during this unimaginable loss. The Vinton family

  • Cyril Augustin says:

    Once again, I am so very, very saddened by Zane’s passing and the loss that those closest to him must feel. Zane was truly one of those rare individuals that is given to us, to show us what we can aspire to be, not in achievement, but in depth of character.

  • Dr. Mo Manji & Ann Manji says:

    My dear Ross and Dani,
    I recently learned about the accident resulting in Zane’s passing. What can one do; to loose one’s child is the most difficult and unacceptable situation for the parents. Ann and I are shocked . Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we will pray for his soul to rest in peace and you all in the family to get strength during this tragic and sad time.
    Ann and Mo Manji.

  • Dawn, Rob, Adrianna & Brooklynn Balic says:

    Dear Dani, Ross & family…. Our deepest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved son.. Our daughters went to school with Zane, and although they didn’t know him well, they remember his kind, good natured soul. He was a rare, unique individual and we cannot begin to understand the loss you feel. We hope that you can continue to lean on us, as your supportive community. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope your memories of Zane can bring you peace during this most difficult time.

  • Isabelle Vallieres says:

    Dear Ross and family, on behalf of the VICC Radiation Oncology group, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences. We are thinking of you in these difficult times. The pain must be immense and we wish you all the strength to navigate this challenge. With sympathy, Isabelle Vallieres

  • Carmen Tsui says:

    Dear Dani and family,
    We are very sorry for your loss. Sending our deepest condolences and love to you all. Our thoughts are with you, especially during this most difficult time. Please take care!
    Carmen, Andrew with Dylan and Megan (Hui family)

  • Sandra Willing says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your entire family, Dani and Ross.

  • Scott Tyldesley says:

    Ross, Dani, and family;
    We can not imagine what to say to provide any comfort. So instead, we love you, we are thinking about you , and our hearts break for you

    The Tyldesley’s

  • Kelly Ross says:

    To the Halperin Family, there are no words to describe this loss, nor may there ever be. Zane was a remarkable person as everyone has noted and will remember. Sending so much love to you today during this celebration of your son and brother. Much love, Kelly, Jack and Kate Ross

  • Tania Fung says:

    Such an unbelievable loss! All my love and thoughts for you and your family. Tania

  • Selby family says:

    Dear Dani, Ross, Ava and Talia
    There are no words that can fill the hole in your hearts that is gone from the passing of your dearest, Zane. May all the memories you shared together and all the love showered on him and your family from family and friends help fill some of it. We are deeply sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    May the Jets win last night be a sign that Zane is at peace. Go Jets Go!!!
    Love, the Selby family

  • Gary Athans says:

    The sun was always shining on Zane our family enjoyed early morning sunrise waterskiing and sailing on our hobie.
    Athans family.

  • Andrew Britania says:

    My sincere condolences 🙏 ☹️, I’m Alex Halperin helper , it’s me Andrew

    • Ross says:

      Andrew, that was so nice of you to skip a rock for Zane. I’m glad we connected last week if only for a moment. Alex and Carol are lucky to have you care for them. With gratitude

  • Dianne Oxborrow says:

    Dani, Ross, Talia and Ava……such a beautiful Celebration of Life today for Zane. What an exceptional young man in so many ways! So many stories and photos…..and all with his perpetual love of life on his face. My heart goes out to all of you, and extended family. What I saw in the service today was a love of Zane, and a love of you all. Big fierce hugs to you 🥰🙏❤️!

  • Sabine Leznoff says:

    Beautiful celebration of life for Zane! What a remarkable young man. My heartfelt condolences. Lots of love Sabine

  • Nicole and Joel Yanow says:

    Joel had a soft spot for Zane. We regularly saw Zane at COSA and he always had something nice to say to Joel . Eh! Mr Yanow, need help with the boat?
    How sweet is that. So sorry for the whole family. You and the world will miss him terribly.
    Thanks for such a meaningful celebration of life.
    It left us speechless and profoundly sad.

  • Lori Spence says:

    My deepent condolences to the Sarbit/Halperin Families. My thoughts are with you all.
    Lori Spence

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