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MAGEL, Harold

Harold passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on October 28, 2019 at the Kelowna General Hospital. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Ruth and their three children: daughter Cathy (Derry) Addison and their children Caroline (Pat) Hawkes, David Addison (Leah Likes), and Larissa (Jeff) Kouwenhoven; daughter Sue (Dominic) Thorpe and their children Andrew Thorpe (Sydney Clapoff) and Jen (Matt) Rowat; and son Ken (Val) Magel and their children Selena and Melanie Magel; as well as Harold and Ruth’s three great grandchildren Landon, Nolan, and Isla Hawkes.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm at First United Church, 721 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Church Memorial Fund, firstunitedkelowna.ca.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm

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Service Details

The service for MAGEL, Harold is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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First United Church

721 Bernard Ave Kelowna, BC


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  • Mark Baron says:

    Ruth/Cathy/Sue/Ken, my deepest condolences on Harolds passing. No doubt he will be missed by all of you and your families a great deal. Harold was a prince of man. I have many fond memories of our conversations and the times that I got to spend with him and all of you. My heart goes out to each of you at this difficult time and I hope that your pain eases with time. Sincerely, Mark

  • Leslie Weisbeck (Barclay) says:

    Dear Sue & Family,
    I was so saddened to hear of your father passing – such a terrific man! I remember meeting him years and years ago, he was always so welcoming, working in his garden, big smile on his face, always had something funny to tease me about. I wish I got a chance to see him one more time but I will one day and we can banter again. Your days are difficult right now but they do get better and your are left with wonderful memories. Love Leslie Weisbeck xo

  • Susan Hodgkinson says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Magel was a wonderful teacher. He had dry sense of humor which added to his teaching style. He had a kind heart and the patience of a saint. Good teachers were not always the norm but his love of teaching inspired his students to achieve.

  • Ken Ferguson says:

    More than 30 years since I was in Mr. Magel’s chem 11/12 classes at KSS, and I can still remember them vividly. I think I retained more from those classes then the university chem classes I took later. He was a great educator and a wonderful person. Condolences to the family, but know that he made a huge positive impact on the many, many students he taught over the years.

  • Liz and Jan Prsala says:

    Dear Sue… We know that your dad will be greatly missed by you and your wonderful family. I look forward to sharing stories with you about the delightful man that he was – his wisdom and enthusiasm for gardening, his great sense of humour, his joy at being a dad, granddad and great granddad as well as his devotion to and adoration for your mother. I see many walks and talks in our future! We are sending you our love dear friend.

  • Mandy Webb says:

    Dear Sue, Dom, Andrew and JennyWren
    Sending my love and sympathy to you all after your Papa’s sudden death. Take comfort in your memories and your many happy times together 😘

  • Wendy Butterfield says:

    My deepest sympathies to all the family. I did not get the opportunity to meet Harold, but with all the wonderful stories his daughter Sue told me, I felt I knew him. Xo

  • Josie Barr says:

    We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family on your loss. Harold will always be remembered for his kindness and sharp wit.

  • Lee-Anne Wilson says:

    I was one of the fortunate students taught Chemistry by Mr. Magel at Dr. Knox. He was a talented teacher and a true gentleman. I recall that in one Cooking class, we were allowed to invite someone to be our guest at a meal we had prepared. While most groups invited other students, my group invited Mr. Magel, who sat and charmed us, while gamely choking down whatever it was that we’d prepared. He was very well-liked by his students. Years later I was reacquainted with him when my husband was teaching with him in the Science department at KSS, and was so pleased when he remembered me.
    My condolences to his family on the loss of this wonderful man.
    Lee-Anne Wilson

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