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McKERNAN, Austin Joseph

December 1, 1930 — August 15, 2016

Passed away after a short illness on August 15, 2016 at the age of 85. He is survived by his loving wife Darlene of 63 years; his children Leslie Ann (John) Van De Ligt of Sherwood Park, AB, Robin (Jim) Hominuk of Seattle, WA, Tim McKernan of Niagara Falls, ON, and Lori McKernan of Edmonton, AB; 6 grandchildren; multiple great-grandchildren; 2 sisters; and 2 brothers.  Austin was born in Galahad, Alberta on December 1, 1930.  He enjoyed a long career in commercial fencing, and came to Kelowna in 1997 to retire.  He could fix anything and everything, and enjoyed computers, golf, and gardening.  Austin loved getting together with family and friends.  He will be dearly missed.  No service by request.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

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  • Leo and Loretta McKernan says:

    Our prayers are with the family with the passing of my brother Austin. So many memories of our lives and the good times we had growing up together. We were only 16 months apart and had a close brother relationship
    May his soul rest in peace.
    Sincerely Leo and Loretta & family

  • Michael Mckernan says:

    Sincere condolences to Darlene and my cousins Leslie, Tim, Robyn and Laurie. I remember Austin as very gentle and soft spoken man – always good to talk to. I wish him peace and courage as he passes on to the next stage of life’s journey.

    Michael Mckernan

  • Sheila Murphy says:

    Dear Darlene & Family,
    I am so sorry that I couldn’t be there in your time of need, but I believe Austin is in a great place. I have many cherished memories of our childhood and of being a neighbor in Kelowna in our senior years. He helped me a lot with understanding the computer world as well. Take care of each other & know that I am thinking of you. Love from Austin’s sister Sheila Murphy

  • Donna Kelly says:

    Dear Darlene & Family
    So sorry to hear of Uncle Austin’s passing. I do remember him at my Moms Sheila Murphy’s helping her Paint and fix her computer. They had lots of laughs. He will be missed. My condolences.
    Take care & love one another dearly. Thinking of you.
    From Donna Kelly of Whitehorse Yukon

  • Kerry Murphy says:

    To Darlene and family:
    So sorry to hear of my Uncle Austin’s passing. I lived in Victoria for many years and remember him visiting my mother, Sheila Murphy. I was very fond of him as my uncle and have some good memories of family time visiting in Victoria. Hope blessings and peace are with you as you grieve his loss. Love Kerry

  • Lori & Greg Richardson says:

    Aunt Darlene, cousins Robin & family, Tim & family and Lori & family; We were both saddened to hear of Uncle Austin passing away. We both have fond memories of him, his quiet personality, generous nature, easy humour and his commitment to family. He was always there when it came to my Mom as she moved back to Kelowna, living 2 doors down and that meant more than he ever realized. He is now at peace and will be dearly missed. Our sincerest and deepest condolences to you all from both Greg & myself.

  • Kevin Murphy says:

    To: Darlene and family
    My sincere condolences on your loss. My prayers are with you as you remember and celebrate Uncle Austin’s life.
    Kevin Murphy

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