We Remember


Sadly, we announce that Herb Journeay passed away on April 15, 2023, at the Central Okanagan Hospice House.

Herb is survived by his wife Lillian; children Christina (Ben), Tully (Lesley) and Donald (Jenny); and grandchildren Devin (Holly), Paighton, Riley and McKinley.  We are all grateful to him for his special efforts to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.  Thank you Herb, Dad, Grandpa.

Survived also by his sisters Lorraine (Lori) Trevitt and Linda Hyggen.  He is predeceased by his parents Howard Journeay (d. 2022) and Aline Journeay (d. 2021) and grandparents Stanley Murphy and Vernita Murphy (née Keddy).

Herb was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia on August 19, 1941, and grew up there and in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  After graduating from high school, he spent a brief time in the Air Force and then taught English in Malaga, Spain.  When he returned to Canada, he worked at a cannery and a mill on Vancouver Island and as a board marker at the Vancouver Stock Exchange.  He then went to work for American Hospital Supply and relocated to Vernon in 1967 as a sales rep for the Interior, settling with his young family in Kelowna in 1968.  He saw much of BC as he travelled the territory between Vanderhoof and the Kootenays.  He later went on to work as a cabinetmaker.

While in the Air Force it was discovered that he had a rare genetic disorder called situs inversus which affects 1 person in 10,000 (the comedian Catherine O’Hara was also born with the condition)

Herb loved woodworking, mechanics, gardening, canoeing, birds, animals and being in nature.  He was kind, generous, positive, respectful and had a wonderful sense of humour.  He was also a lifelong seeker of spiritual insight.  Herb was very appreciative of the care he received at KGH, the Cancer Centre and Palliative care.  The family would like to thank all those involved with his care.

Herb will be remembered individually by family and friends, no formal service will take place.

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