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KOMARNISKY, Ronald Mitchell

Ron lived a very full and adventurous life. Born in Holden, Alberta in 1933 to Steve and Alexandra Komarnisky, Ron passed away after a short illness on July 23 at Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 86.

He is survived by his loving wife Nita; daughter Deborah (Kenn) Gordon; son David Kaye; grandchildren Kelsey (Ryan) Corbett, Mackenzie Gordon, Ryan Komarnisky, and Derek Komarnisky; his great-grandchildren Cooper and Parker Corbett; as well as his sister Sylvia (Igor) Lozynsky. He was predeceased by his son Stephen Komarnisky in 2019.

After finishing high school, he became a member of the R.C.M.P. and then joined the R.C.A.F as a fighter pilot. However, both those careers were eclipsed by his true entrepreneurial spirit expressed in the world of business.

His business life began with a Chicken Delight restaurant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which morphed into a chain of A & W restaurants – the first in Canada. These led him out west to British Columbia, where he continued his entrepreneurship through mining adventures, other restaurants, and even a helicopter company. He loved nothing better than the opportunity for a new experience.

Ron and Nita moved to Southern California in 1978, where Ron was in the world of Real Estate. They returned to Kelowna in 2000, where Ron continued to find interesting business opportunities all through his “retired” life.

Ron and Nita would have been married 65 years this coming September. Should family and friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna www.cslkelowna.org.

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Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna Link: www.cslkelowna.org




  • Patricia Campbell says:

    Deb, Kenn, Kelsey, Mac, my condolences to you. He sounds like a remarkable man. I wouldn’t have expected anything else of Deb’s dad. Much love.

  • Barbara Samuel says:

    Please accept and feel my deepest, heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband, dad, grandpa & friend! My heart and prayers go out to all of you! xoxoxo

  • Wendy Klein says:

    Sending my condolences to the family, always hard to say goodbye to a loved one! I loved reading the background of your
    Dad, a very special entrepreneur and business man. Sending prayers for strength and comfort.

  • Barbara Doern Drew & Walter Drew says:

    Dear Deb, Kenn, Kelsey, Mack, Cooper & Parker,
    We are now picturing your father/grandfather/great-grandfather exploring the Universe in grand style, fully engaging his
    adventurous, entrepreneurial essence in the nonphysical realms! We will be forever grateful to him and Nita for giving birth to our beloved Deborah. Our hearts are with you and all of your extended family at this time. May peace be with you.

  • Sylvia Lozynsky says:

    I will miss my dear brother, Ron. I felt we became closer in our older age . We had great phone conversations which I will truly miss. Condolences to Nita & the whole family.
    From Ron’s “little sister”, Sylvia & her husband, Igor Lozynsky

  • Barbara Duffy says:

    Knowing the sadness of your loss, and sending love and healing your way

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