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KAESMODEL, Karl R. – Updated Service info.

January 19, 1961 — November 26, 2022

The family would like to welcome all Karl’s family, friends, and coworkers to A Celebration of Life to honour Karl on Thursday, August 24, 2023, at 1:00 PM, at Kelowna Golf and Country Club, 1297 Glenmore Dr, Kelowna, BC. This event will be summer casual. 


Our much loved Karl Richard Kaesmodel, a resident of Kelowna, BC, passed away at home on November 26, 2022. Karl was 61.

Karl was born on January 19, 1961, in Sudbury, Ontario to Beverly (née Zadow)  and Richard “Dick” Kaesmodel. Karl spent his early childhood in Sudbury until 1971, when his family moved across Canada and landed in Kelowna.

Karl embraced the Kelowna lifestyle and enjoyed many sports: tennis, waterskiing, hockey, skiing, and football. After graduating from Kelowna Secondary School in 1979, he was accepted into the Edmonton Police Service and began his career as a Police Constable in 1981, (RTC 61).

In Edmonton at the police college, Karl found his passion for running and fitness, he did numerous marathons and successfully completed the Penticton Ironman in 1991. Karl loved being a policeman and had many different roles within the service: he worked in traffic (he loved writing tickets on his Harley); resource officer in the schools (helped coach cross-country running); and in Parks on his bicycle and cruising the N. Saskatchewan River in the police boat, to name a few. In Edmonton, he met lifelong friends whom he treasured.

Karl married Heidi Hoeschle in 1991 and welcomed his cherished daughter Ainsley in 2001.

Karl retired after 26 years from the Edmonton Police Service in 2006 and moved his family to Kelowna and started a second career with the City of Kelowna in 2007. Here again, he met many wonderful new friends.

Karl enjoyed being back in Kelowna near family and friends. Anyone who knew Karl would know he loved to be active, whether it was skiing down “Paradise”, cycling around the lake, or enjoying a round of golf then finishing up with an awesome IPA!

“Shadows are fallin’ and I’m runnin’ out of breath
Keep me in your heart for a while
If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for a while”

-Warren Zevon

Karl was preceded in death by his parents Bev and Dick Kaesmodel.

Karl is survived by his wife of 31 years, Heidi; daughter Ainsley; sister Kathy Lockwood (Dave) of Calgary; brother Kurtis Kaesmodel and nephews Kristofer and Kory of Prince George; father-in-law Kurt Hoeschle (Lynne), brother-in-law Rick Hoeschle (Karen), brother-in-law Doug Hoeschle, niece Amanda McLaughlin (Shea) & baby Nora, all of Kelowna; and nephew Parker Haralds (Megan) of Victoria


Our family would like to sincerely thank Dr E. Solano, Dr K. Clarke, and everyone at BC Cancer Clinic in Kelowna. The Palliative Nurse team, Dr. J Ali, Nurse Mo, and especially Dr. W. Wickstrom for her amazing care and guidance.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to BC CancerKGH Foundation, and the Okanagan Rail Trail.

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Thursday, August 24, 2023, at 1:00 PM

Kelowna Golf and Country Club

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for KAESMODEL, Karl R. – Updated Service info. is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 2023, 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:

Kelowna Golf and Country Club

1297 Glenmore Drive Kelowna, BC


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  • Alex Blahun says:

    Condolences and prayers. Thinking of Heidi and Ainsley and all Family members. Many great memories of KARL …….A Great Policeman and person. Rest In Peace.

  • Phil Hyde says:

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Heidi, Ainsley and Karl’s extend family. Karl and I were partners in Traffic Section for a couple of years. Karl was a great partner. We spent a lot of time talking about Kelowna, as my wife’s family were from there. We both planned on retiring there. We also ran many miles in the river valley. Although we went in different paths after our time in Traffic Section, we always stayed in touch. After retiring (within 6 months of each other), we ended up in Kelowna. I always enjoying getting together with him whether it was at Big White or in a coffee shop. Even after getting sick, he was always upbeat and just the Karl that I always knew for 30 years. Karl, You will be missed by alot of people.

  • Gail O says:

    Condolences to Karl’s family and loved ones. He had a kind heart and warm smile.

  • Al Hart says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Karl’s passing…. We both enjoyed 26 yr careers with EPS, both retired in 06, and both came to Kelowna…. I’m sorry I lost touch a couple of years ago when I moved away. Enjoyed working in Traffic Section with Karl….. he enjoyed enforcement, especially around school zones…… Karl has left us far too young and too early…… but he will not be forgotten by any of his EPS family!

  • Bill K says:

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful husband, father, brother, son, and uncle. I will forever remember KK as a great friend and EPS coworker.
    Bill K
    North Division A1 alumni

  • Kevin Quail says:

    My deepest condolences to those so fortunate to to call Karl family or friend. Our careers crossed paths but briefly, but briefly was more than long enough to know he was an exceptional man. My life was better for those moments and I will treasure them.

  • Manny Kelm says:

    My condolences to Karl’s family. I worked in traffic section with Karl. We had many laughs together. May you rest in peace Karl

  • Mona McClelland says:

    Karl had a beautiful soul and a kind hearted spirit. I remember when Karl first arrived in elementary school and was blessed to know him for many years. He loved his girls so much and I send you, Heidi and Ainsley, the biggest hugs. There will not be a day go by where he is not missed. My deepest condolences to you both as well as Kurtis and Kathy and your entire family.

  • Robin Jorritsma says:

    Heidi and Ainsley, such a good man was lost. I have so many great memories of Karl and am gutted by his passing. You have my deepest sympathies.

  • Rich and Jan Leighton says:

    Such a great friend and SO many amazing amazing memories. Bike rides, wee drams, craft beers are just a few.
    Our hearts are with Heidi, Ainsley and all of the family.
    We miss Karl immensely.

  • Jim Elliott says:

    My sincere condolences to the Kaesmodel Family. I worked with Karl at EPS. Karl was the kind of persons where you remembered the first time you met them and the last time you spoke to them.

  • Patrick (Paddy) O'Sullivan says:

    Karl was a great guy to work with (EPS) and always seemed to be in a good mood and had a perpetual smile on his face. He was a really great police officer. Condolences to Karl’s family and friends. Karl will me greatly missed and never forgotten. Rest in Peace old friend.

    • Paul Atwood says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss. Karl was such a good man. We worked together at the City and it was an absolute pleasure to know him and share beers with him. Cheers to you Karl, you’ll be deeply missed!

  • Jim McMorran says:

    My deepest condolences for your entire family. I was a member of the Police Service the same time as Karl.

  • Jacqui Buchanan says:

    Karl was incredibly passionate about policing and helped encourage me to apply- I’ll forever be grateful for that. What devastating news for his family and extended community. I met Karl through Perry Mah, and the Kaesmodel family was one of his favourites to photograph over the years. Hopefully they are enjoying a good chuckle together now!
    With much respect, Jacqui and the Mah boys.

  • Karen Caughell says:

    So sorry for your loss. I had no idea Karl was sick. I worked with Karl at EPS. He always had a smile on his face and we had a lot of laughs. He was truly a nice man and gone way too young and will be missed by many.

  • Darcy Gladstone says:

    Rest in peace my friend – I remember ski days at Lake Louise and you hanging out at my dorm in Calgary for weekends that turned into weeks and all of the crazy capers we pulled. Your energy and your humour and your passion for so many things will be deeply missed. My condolences and prayers to Heidi and Ainsley and all of Karl’s family.

  • Bill Reglin says:

    I am so sad to hear about Karl`s passing. I have many great memories of skiing at big white, tipping back a few brews and of course the laughs and comraderies we had at the landfill. He will be dearly missed.

  • Bob Hassel says:

    I had the pleasure of knowing Karl during our careers at EPS. He was always so upbeat and filled with energy! My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  • Lorne Pubantz says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family, from Corinne and I. Karl was forever upbeat and positive, and a pleasure to spend time with. We shared many laughs while working, carpooling or enjoying a craft beer on the driveway after work.

  • Dwayne Gibbs says:

    I extend my warmest sympathies and condolences to Karl’s family for their loss. I was Karl’s field training officer and we we lived in the same apartment, commuted to the south side station together in his green VW beetle and worked together in “Pinky’s” squad…rest in peace my friend…

  • Gabor Fricska says:

    Gone too soon. Karl was unfailingly positive and fair minded. I’ll always remember Karl for his Hawaiian shirts and for carving big GS turns at Big White. We’ll think of him whenever we ski from the top of the T-Bar down to Gem. Our hearts and love go out to Heidi, Ainsley and family. Gabor and Lyn.

  • Steve Hatch says:

    My deepest condolences to the whole family! I will especially miss Karl at the golf course still wearing shorts in October! His smile was infectious and always had a positive attitude – we can all take a page from his playbook! You will be missed Karl!

  • Wendy and Kelly Stapleton says:

    Heidi and Ainsley
    We are truly saddened to hear of Karls passing. We will always remember Karls infectious smile and laugh that would light up any room, Karl was definitely one of a kind.
    His Journey’s Just Begun
    Ellen Brenneman
    Don’t think of him as gone away
    his journey’s just begun,
    life holds so many facets
    this earth is only one.
    Just think of him as resting
    from the sorrows and the tears
    in a place of warmth and comfort
    where there are no days and years.
    Think how he must be wishing
    that we could know today
    how nothing but our sadness
    can really pass away.
    And think of him as living
    in the hearts of those he touched…
    for nothing loved is ever lost
    and he was loved so much.

  • Rein Tonowski says:

    Heidi my sincere condolences. If there is anything that Vicki and I can do for you and Ainsley please ask.

    While Karl and lost touch after his retirement with the changing of careers, distance between provinces and life drew us apart. We were able to reconnect in June a few months prior to his death. I am very grateful for that opportunity and sincerely wish we would have more time.
    I sincerely believe if it is at all possible Karl is active in heaven keeping smiling helping and keeping a watchful eye over Heidi and Ainsley. I hope our paths cross again.

    Love Rein & Vicki

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