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UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION HERRING, Donald

1946 – 2022

A Celebration of Life for Don Herring will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 1:00 pm, at 290 Taylor Road, Kelowna, BC.

Don Herring passed away on February 3, 2022, in Kelowna, BC. He is survived by his loving wife, Darlene; his daughters Cynda (Ray) and Rhonda (Derrick); his stepdaughter Lisa; grandchildren Brianne and Brennan; sister Dorothy; brother Gary; and dear friends Larry W. and Don G. as well as lifelong friend Ed M. He was predeceased by parents Elmer & Helen Herring; and sister Edith.

Born in Edmonton, AB in January 1946, his career included being co-owner of Mundie’s Towing with Ed M., a RCMP member for 20 years, a member of Kelowna Transit and an instructor at Taylor Pro Training and Okanagan College.

Don was a devoted father, loving husband, and a dependable friend. He was always willing to lend a hand to a friend in need. He would always tell it like he saw it – so if you didn’t want an honest answer, probably best that you not ask. The best thing you could say about Don – he had a heart of gold.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kelowna SPCA.

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  • Tracey Perrault (Gleason) says:

    Hi Darlene, I am crying as I write this ode to a man I loved and respected with all my heart: When I started my RCMP career in the 90’s as the only woman in uniform at Kelowna. I was lucky enough to be placed out there with Don & Reg Lawrence in Rutland – two of the most skilled police officers & gracious men I ever met. Don taught me the most important rule of policing & life in general: “If you work hard and don’t be a jerk to people, you’ll do just fine”. More truer words were never spoken.
    I always remember Xmas as we always seemed to be working – Breaking bread with our crew, in Don & Dar’s kitchen, in between calls. He taught me how to ride a motorcycle and yes, how to pick it up real quick after dropping it in the middle of the intersection.
    I got to see Don’s love of beautiful Schnauzers and overall his sheer decency as a human being.
    Sadly I lost touch with Don & was forced out of Kelowna, into the LMD (against my desires). It was heart-breaking to lose contact with Don & several other guys who had become friends over the years as well as had helped to shape me as a police officer – things were never the same after these guys left the force. I recently bought an RV with the hope of finally heading out 2 years ago, into Kelowna & reconnecting with Don – maybe harass him on the bus. Sadly it won’t happen but I hope to return to Kelowna for that visit now that the craziness is drawing to a close & with any luck I’ll find you Darlene.
    I’m ever so sorry about Don passing, as young as he really was – I remember how much you guys loved one another.
    I know I have an old Polaroid of Don & Reg tucked away somewhere but for now I managed to find a Polaroid of me from 1992 – simpler times.
    Not sure what your situation is right now Darlene but let me know if there’s anything I can do for you. Try the email.

    Trace

  • Carol Shinya says:

    Dear Cynda, I am so very sorry for your loss. Reading about him and the other messages of condolences, I can see what a wonderful man he was. Now I know where you got your “heart of gold”. Sending long distance hugs (I wish I could be there for you), condolences to you and your family. – Carol

  • Bruce and Riki Poirier says:

    Darlene and Families. We are deeply sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure and experience working with Don. We can remember so many colourful incidents with Don that left us howling.

  • Jim Hislop says:

    Very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I did not get to work with him in the Force, but had the pleasure of taking the Airbrake Course at Okanagan College after I retired from the Force, and enjoyed every minute of it. A great sense of humour, and he was the very definition of a professional. My sincere condolences to Darlene and family. May your love and memories of Don carry you through this difficult time.

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