We Remember

INNES, Dr. Duncan MacDonald

November 4, 1933 — February 18, 2016

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Dr. Duncan Innes. Duncan was born November 4, 1933 in Bristol, England. He passed away peacefully at the Hospice House in Kelowna on February 18, 2016 after a short battle with the most recent invasion of cancer that he has fought on and off since 1993.


Duncan and his wife Monica immigrated to Canada from England in 1964. He started his pathology career in the Lower Mainland. They moved to Kelowna in 1966 and started Valley Medical Laboratories with Dr. Morrow, which has since grown to 13 labs serving clientele all around the Okanagan Valley. He was also a pathologist and head of KGH lab until the early 2000s.


Duncan loved the performing arts. In his younger years, he was involved in the production of multiple stage performances including Damn Yankees, Showboat, L’il Abner, and Kiss Me Kate, to name a few. Duncan and Monica were avid supporters of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and were proud to be the first recipients of the Nota Bene award.


Duncan was an avid sailor and was a fixture at the Kelowna Yacht Club. He enjoyed racing on Okanagan Lake with his daughter Sarah, motoring in his pontoon boat and being on the Officials boat for the regular sailing races. He also coined the name for the Blossom Time Regatta and was a frequent race committee chair for that event.


To keep up with the passions of his other daughters, Claire and Fiona, he joined the horse riding scene in his mid-40s, spending countless hours at the Kelowna Riding Club. He helped found the Kelowna 3-day event and the Okanagan Polo Club. Besides founding and administering these activities, he also participated, trying his hand at 3-day eventing, hunter-jumping, as well as playing polo.


Duncan was preceded in death by his beloved wife Monica of 55 years (2015) and his brothers Ken (2014) and Angus (2015). He leaves behind his daughters Sarah, Claire, and Fiona; sons-in-law Randy (Claire) and Darrin (Fiona); grandsons Derek, Colin, and Wesley (Randy and Claire); granddaughter Elly (Darrin and Fiona); granddaughters-in-law Erin (Derek) and Brittney (Colin); and great grandson Logan (Derek and Erin).


Duncan was a smart, kind, caring and generous man who influenced the lives of everyone that he knew. He will be missed by many, but he will be remembered fondly. We will always be proud to call him our Dad and our Pops.


In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to make a donation to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Hospice House, the B.C. SPCA or a charity of your choice.


A celebration of life will be held at Springfield Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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The service for INNES, Dr. Duncan MacDonald is scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 2016 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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  • Annette says:

    What an amazing man. I pray that the wonderful memories of him will sustain you all throughout the rest of your lives.
    Know that he is never more than a thought away.
    My best.

  • Sue Nielsen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Duncan’s passing. He was a wonderful man with an abundance of wisdom and compassion. I wish you all the best in this sad time.

  • Wendy Innes says:

    I am so saddened by the death of my Uncle Duncan. I will remember him as a kind and intelligent man. My dad Angus always spoke about his younger brother with affection and pride. His obituary is of a man who filled his life with things that he loved. My thoughts are with Sarah, Claire, Fiona and their families at this very sad time.
    With love and sympathy, Wendy.

  • Bryan and Glenda Jackson says:

    We are saddened to hear that Duncan has left us. We loved, respected and admired him as a person of great knowledge, and kindness. As a neighbor and a friend we will miss him. He contributed a lot in his lifetime to many.

  • Holly and Ken Murray says:

    We were saddened to hear that Duncan is no longer with us and our sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. Duncan was one of a kind….a brilliant, compassionate gentleman, who embraced life to its fullest. What an example he set for all of us! One of our fondest memories of Duncan was seeing him zoom off to work on his high powered scooter, dressed in a suit of course, with his tie flapping in the wind and a smile on his face. We were so foruntate to have had Duncan as a neighbour and a friend. He will truly be missed.

  • Marie Sperling says:

    I am sorry for your loss, Claire and family. My thoughts are with you at this time. Cherish your wonderful memories.
    much love, Marie Sperling

  • Lynn & Ron Champken says:

    Lynn worked at Valley Medical labs, Penticton, for over 33 years and during that time had the greatest respect for Dr. Innes, both as a caring employer and as a kind person. I’m sure he will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  • Brian August says:

    All of us at Kelowna Motors were saddened to hear of Duncan’s passing, he was always such a gentleman and a pleasure to have known, he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him our sincere condolences go out to his entire family and to all who knew him.

  • Dennis and Charm Gerace says:

    One of our fond memories of Duncan was way back in 1969 when Ian Middler wrote a script called “OK Daze”, a series of skits and musical numbers, many about the Okanagan Valley. Duncan whose forte was stage managing, was actually on stage in a short skit in this show. He played the part of a local wine connoisseur sampling a local vintage. He looked carefully at the wine in the glass, held it up to the light, swirled, sniffed and sipped professionally and then stentoriously announced, “Aaah, last Thursday, half past four!”. It was hilarious!

    Our condolences go out to all of Duncan’s family for their loss. We met him initially through theatre and continued our acquaintance through the Rotary Club of Kelowna. He was a wonderful man.

    Dennis and Charm Gerace

  • Duncan, Chris and Dougie says:

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Duncan was an amazing person who achieved so much in his life. With love and best wishes from the UK

  • Sheila Fergusson says:

    Duncan was a respected colleague who contributed a great deal to medical care in this community. I always appreciated his insight and wisdom.

  • Matt Innes (son to Wendy and David) says:

    My thoughts are with you all, and I’m so glad to be able to share in the service from my room in Cambridge. I met Great-Uncle Duncan for the first time only last year, but I feel very privileged to have done so, and he made a great impression on me as a kind and charming man with a fine sense of humour.

  • Janice Fawdry says:

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Innes. A wonderful man..so bright and caring, with a teffific sense of humour and a smile that could light up a room! Special thoughts going out to Claire, Randy and family. May your memories of him bring you comfort now and always.

  • Niki Fisher says:

    We were deeply saddened to hear of dear uncle Duncan’s departure and would like to send condolences to cousins Sarah, Claire and Fiona and indeed all the rest of the family. The world has just lost a truly great man. What a kind, witty, intelligent, charming, loving and caring gentleman. He contributed enormously to society and left a deep impression on me here in the UK, despite not seeing him very often and the great distance between us. I shall miss him terribly and cherish the fond memories. Niki Fisher

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