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JOHNSTONE, Garth Embury

Grandad passed away peacefully early morning on Friday, December 7, 2018. We are all saddened, but thankful our beloved husband, father and grandfather is now at rest. He is survived by his loving wife Joan of 58 years; sons Scott (Deb) and Bill (Jane); daughter Candice (Blaine); grandchildren Hillary, Greg, Holly, Madeline, Nicholas, Samantha, Gillian, Michael, Maria, Stephanie and Thomas; and sisters Marilyn and Roberta Jean.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. Should family and friends so desire, donations may be made in Garth’s name to the Kelowna Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

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Should family and friends so desire, donations may be made in Garth’s name to the Kelowna Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6.


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The service for JOHNSTONE, Garth Embury is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11, 2018 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:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • R. Veinotte says:

    Sorry for the recent passing of your loved one. May the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort be with his family friends, (Acts 24:15).

  • Jay Corrado says:

    My heartfelt gratitude to Garth for all of his assistance in helping me create a career back home here in the Okanagan in 1990. Garth was a generous and caring Manager. Garth and my father enjoyed many wonderful times playing racquetball and hosting a beer or two. Our condolences to his amazing family

  • Brian and Marion Bliundell says:

    Garth was a colleague and good friend for over 30 years. I am thankful that I visited with him in these last months and will be unable to attend his service due to a prior commitment. Our thoughts are with Joan ad family. RIP Garth, Brian and Marion Blundell

  • Lou Lumani says:

    Thinking of you and your family. My deepest condolences and prayers.

  • Rusty Bracken says:

    Joan , Scott , Bill , Candice & Families , We extend our deepest sympathies in the loss of GARTH . I was fortunate to be able to work closely with him for many years . GARTH made a major positive difference to many people ! We always got along very well & enjoyed many trips together , plus much fun at your home for dinners & parties.. Our golf & hunting trips were always a blast . Our Sincere condolences to you ALL !! Rusty & Bev Bracken.

  • Paul & Wendy Feron says:

    Scott, Deb and Family,
    We cannot be there in person. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. May your memories bring you strength every day.
    Love, Paul & Wendy

  • Bruce Walker says:

    When we moved to Kelowna many years ago, 1982, after a chance meeting with Joan, Joan and Garth welcomed us with a friendship that became lifelong. With our extended families all back in Ontario we spent many a Christmas and holiday time with the Johnstone’s family feeling the warmth and love of being part of one big family. We shared many a ski day, social events, golf, and simply great and memorable times with Garth and Joan. Our children felt completely at home om their home and Garth got to know each of them as he and Joan shared their family life with them. When we left Kelowna we never lost touch, nor did Garth ever forget to ask and follow the lives of our children as they grew and had their own families. As we observed Garth extended his genuine love of life, family and people, and wonderful sense of humour to everyone he met. That friendship is treasured and will always be remembered,
    Bruce and Karen Walker

  • Judy Averill says:

    Joan, so sorry to hear about Garth. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Lynn Mac says:

    Scott, Deb and Family……my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. Memories have no bounds, and I’m sure you will treasure all that you have. God Bless!

  • Lyndon Campbell says:

    Scott and Family. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father, Husband, Grandfather and Brother. Condolences from my family to yours in these difficult times.
    Regards, Lyndon and Family

  • Stacey Emmerzael says:

    RIP Uncle Garth.
    Condolences to Aunty Joan, Candace, Bill and Scott and the grandkids. Wish I could be there.

  • TIm Emmerzael says:

    My deepest sympathies to Joan, Scott, Guy, Candace and rest of the family. I will always remember Garth’s great sense of humor and fun loving attitude I always enjoyed the visits I had and what a great time he always encouraged people to have. I wish I could be there for support, all of you take care….again. my love and sympathy is with all.of you.

  • Everett Sponaugle says:

    Joan, thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences.

  • Shelley says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I was one of his nurses and will never forget garth and his jokes. I so enjoyed looking after him. Rest In peace Garth

  • Brad & Cathy says:

    Scott & Deb
    Our hearts go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Doug Boden says:

    Scott, Deb and Family, My deepest sympathy at this difficult time, My thoughts and prayers today and the days and weeks ahead, The wonderful memories will keep him close your hearts.

  • Wendy Rush ( Bernrot) says:

    So sorry to hear of Garth’s passing. I remember him as a child when we lived in northern Alberta. My folks were friends of his. I just remember his smile .

  • Jim and Leanne Ellis says:

    Bill, Jane and Family. We are saddened by your loss, and hold you close in our hearts. We send sunshine to help lighten your hearts as you continue your journey without Garth. Hugs to all the family.
    Love Jim and Leanne

  • Linda and Fern says:

    So sorry to hear of Garth’s passing. We both remember how wonderful Joan and Garth were to our mother, Trudy. She loved him dearly and we sure appreciated their kindness and love. We are both thinking of all of you at this time.

  • Karin Milton says:

    To Joan and Family,
    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I never met Garth, but I know that he was greatly loved, and will be missed by many.

  • Bill & Lynne Heidt says:

    Our hearts go out to you Joan, and all of your family at this difficult time. Bill remembers many great golf adventures with Garth..

  • Monique Cornett says:

    I am saddened to hear of Garth’s passing. He brightened my day at the gym all the time. May he Rest In Peace. Condolences to Joan and family.

  • Paul Badham says:

    My sympathies and thoughts are with you and your family my friend. You were very lucky to have had such a great dad. It’s not easy no matter how prepared you are and you will miss him even more as time goes on, but the hurting will diminish and the good memories will live on. Hugs bud.

  • Sharon & Jim Croome says:

    Today while thinking about days gone by, I googled Garth’s name and found his obituary. It saddened me deeply. We forget that years get ahead of us even though we think of those that leave footprints on our hearts such as Garth did on mine, and his love for Joan and his children was beautiful. Years ago I worked for Garth at GWL. in Edmonton and he was the most amazing boss I ever had in my life. Often times I have thought of Garth and Joan and how they were doing in the Kelowna area. One year, while in BC , he welcomed us over to his home and it was so wonderful being in his presence again! While he lived in the Alberta area, we bought his hard top tent trailer the year Jim and I married (1980) and it was awesome having it for camping trips. His kindness was second to none and his love for Joan and his children was admirable. I am so saddened to learn of his passing, and while time slipped by before knowing of Garth’s passing, I send to all his family members, my heartfelt sympathies. I have missed Garth ever since I left GWL to start our family and have always wished we relocated to Kelowna, BC where he once had offered me my old position back. What an incredible good kind man Garth was. What an incredible loving man he was to his family, his loving wife, and as well his friends became extended family members.. His zest for life and laughter heard I will always, always recall. I will always be grateful that I had the privilege of working for Garth. I will not ever forget Garth’s kindness, not ever.

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