We Remember

HECKO, David

September 17, 1944 — June 19, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of David Hecko, who passed away peacefully on June 19, 2024, after spending his evening surrounded by family and watching the Edmonton Oilers beat the Florida Panthers.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 59 years, Carol; daughters Jo-Dee (Glenn) and Janice (Wade); and his eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Dave was the last Hecko of his generation, and he now goes to join those who passed before him, including his parents, Bill and Louva Hecko; two older sisters, Jean and Louise; and twin brother Doug.

Dave was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to Louva and Bill Hecko, but only spent two years there before the family made the move to Kelowna, BC. Dave was always adventurous, social, exceptionally generous, and a natural leader. A quiet yet thoughtful and loving man, he embodied the qualities of being supportive, dependable, loyal, and integral. His generosity knew no bounds, as he freely gave his time, energy, and resources to anyone in need. If anyone hinted that they needed something, Dad was there in an instant, always eager to help those he cared about. He was very community-focused, volunteering in various leadership roles throughout his life. His selfless nature was recognized when he won the Lake Country Citizen of the Year award, though Dave was always humble and never wanted to be in the spotlight. His resilience and encouraging nature uplifted everyone around him. Affectionate and optimistic, he brought joy and warmth to his family and friends. He enjoyed golfing, skidooing, and woodworking, and was known for his genuine kindness and hardworking spirit. His love, humour, and work ethic live on in his children and grandchildren, and in the hearts of his many friends. He will be missed dearly.

An open-house Celebration of Life in honour of Dave will be held at on SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2024, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, at the REC CENTRE IN SUNRISE VILLAGE (1260 Raymer Avenue, Kelowna, BC).

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

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2024, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM


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