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KIMMICH, “Willf” Evaldo Willfried

December 5, 1958 — June 18, 2024

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Willf, beloved husband and best friend of Lynette for 38 years.

Willf was born in Argentina and came to Canada with his family when he was 5 years old, and after 3 years in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan the family moved to Kelowna, BC, where Willf remained.  Willf and his brother Helmuth started Kimm Masonry Ltd. in 1982 and grew their reputation as skilled masons throughout the Okanagan. In 2002, Willf took over the business on his own and worked very hard to maintain that reputation until his final illness forced him to retire.

Willf met his beloved wife in 1985, and they were married in 1986. Together they built or renovated several homes, finally settling in lower Mission on property that allowed him his dream — a workshop.  Willf & Lynette loved the outdoors, cycling and hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. They also loved to travel abroad as well as RV in beautiful BC, with many more trips planned.

Willf was diagnosed with cancer for the first time in 1994 and endured 4 more diagnosis’ over the next 30 years, always handling each situation with a positive attitude and cheerful heart, Lynette by his side every step of the way.

Willf is survived by his loving wife Lynette; his mother Hildegard; 5 siblings: Gertrude (Bill) Welder, Olga (Tad) Winter, Helmuth (Connie) Kimmich, Regina (Mark) Worthington, and Karoline (Terry) Kemp; as well as his sister-in-law Ladine (Dwayne) Taron, brother-in-law Lance (JulieAnn) Jeffery, and parents-in-law Ted & Marg Jeffery. He leaves behind 13 much loved nephews and nieces, and was “Gruncle” to 13 great-nephews and -nieces. He was predeceased by his father Werner Kimmich in 2022.

Special thanks to his team of doctors and oncologists, especially Dr. Hart and Dr. Ellard who saw him through much of his cancer journey, as well as the very special staff at Hospice House.

Willf, with his hearty laugh and zest for life, will be missed terribly by family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to BC Cancer – Kelowna – Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior, www.bccancer.bc.ca, or the Central Okanagan Hospice House, hospicehousekelowna.com.

A Celebration of Life will be held on FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM (PDT) at EVANGEL CHURCH: 3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM (PDT)


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The service for KIMMICH, “Willf” Evaldo Willfried is scheduled for FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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3261 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC


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  • wayne and Lori Gunn says:

    We are heart broken over the loss of our dear friend.. our first friends here in Kelowna 39 years ago. So many wonderful memories, such an amazing man. He was so loved and will be missed💙

  • Karen Forsberg says:

    Dear Lynette and family,
    Words will never truly express the deep loss we feel with Willf’s passing. He was always ready with a quick smile and a great laugh, so friendly and so easy to love. Have so many good memories of our camping days at Wood Lake. Thankful for the memories, as his light shines on in them. He will be missed, but he doesn’t have to fight anymore, he won the battle and is now in the loving arms of Jesus.
    Praying for you, that God will give you courage and strength and that you will feel his loving presence every day.
    With love,
    Karen Forsberg

  • Deb Lougheed says:

    My deepest condolences to you Lynette. I’ve never met you. Am Jody Murray’s sister. She shared with me Willf’s courageous cancer journey. I just wanted to reach out and let you know I am thinking of you.

  • Yezy Hrebien says:

    Prayers for comfort and a big, tight hug, Lynette. I’ll always remember those days here in Argentina with love and gratitude. Wish I could be there with and for you.

  • Tanya Mcloughlin says:

    My heartfelt condolences, Lynette. You and Wilf shared a special, and loving bond, that was evident to us all. His beautiful spirit lives on in you, and in those he touched. I deeply sorry. for your loss. Tanya

  • Cherie Hekkert ( Ingbritson) says:

    Many condolences to the Kimmich family.

  • Cornelia Issler says:

    Dear Lynette and Family
    Harry and I send our most heartfelt condolences. May God grant you much peace and comfort during this time. Cherish all your wonderful memories.
    In our thoughts and prayers,
    Harry & Cornelia Issler

  • Doris Jakobsh says:

    Dear family. I heard of Willf’s passing and was reminded of many lovely memories from years gone by, especially Willf’s laugh. Sending heartfelt condolences.

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