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MINCHIN, Brian Douglas

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Brian Douglas Minchin, of Kelowna, BC, at the age of 66.  He died Thursday, April 3, 2014, with family and friends at his side.  Brian was born on June 15, 1947 in Kelowna, BC to the late Ernest and Alice Minchin.  He worked his entire career with the Kelowna Fire Department, until his retirement in 2007. 


Brian is survived by two children, Sean Minchin and Marissa Minchin, both of Kelowna.  He is also survived by his partner and best friend, Gloria McSorley and her children: Jordelle (Garth) Dupre, Breanne (Tony) Rhodes, Houston McSorley; grandchildren: Taylan and Harper Dupre and a sister Lynda Mayers all of Kelowna, BC. 


As it wasn’t Brian’s wish to have a formal funeral, or for people to make a fuss over him, there will be an informal time of visiting and sharing at an open house on Saturday, April 5th at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  Feel free to drop in between the hours of 2:00 – 4:00 pm.  Keeping in mind Brian’s love of wildlife, animals and the outdoors, feel free to make a memorial donation, in lieu of flowers, to a charity of your 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.”

An Open House on Saturday, April 5th

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for MINCHIN, Brian Douglas is scheduled for An Open House on Saturday, April 5th . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • wendy herrington says:

    Dear Sean and Marissa,
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to for the loss of your wonderful father. I have such fond memories of our hockey years with Pat and Brian always supporting their boys, Adam and Sean. Hold your good memories of your Dad close to your hearts and they will bring you comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

  • Jo-Ann Redlich says:

    Gloria and family…we are so very sorry to hear of Brian’s sudden passing. He smiling face and outgoing spirit will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

    Jo-Ann & Rob Redlich

  • Kerry Schofield says:

    Dear Gloria and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    We wish you much love and comfort at this difficult time.

    Take good care,
    Kerry and Ken Schofield (Calgary)

  • Jane Roy says:

    My sincere condolences to you Marissa and your family during this difficult time. I met your father many times while working at Scotia Bank, I know how much you loved him and how close the two of you were. Stay strong and know in your heart that your dad will be forever watching over you!

  • Marjorie Neigum says:

    Dearest Gloria & Family:
    So sorry to hear of your tragic news – just know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
    Love Marjorie & Adam Neigum

  • Vivian Moubray says:

    Marissa and Family

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
    My thoughts are with you.

    Vivian Moubray

  • Domenic Rampone says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

    Domenic Rampone and Family

  • Rob Lutz says:

    Words cannot say how shocked I was to hear of this! My thoughts are with all of you at this time! I have known Brian and families for many years, and now I am very saddened by this! He was a great guy, who was always willing to chat! Rest it peace my friend! Be strong Sean, Mouse, Glo and the rest of the family!

  • Iris Nielsen says:

    Marissa, Linda and families, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Iris Nielsen

  • Paul Sawyer says:

    To Gloria and family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time. Paul Sawyer

  • Elaine Sladen says:

    Dear Gloria
    Sincere condolences on the passing of your very dear “best friend”. May loving memories bring you comfort through the days ahead.
    Thinking of you.

  • Ann Ritchie says:

    Gloria and family, so very sorry to hear of your loss.Your memories of him will always be with you as you remember a wonderful man!

  • Corinne Almas says:

    Dear Sean and Family members,
    I just recently learned of the passing of your wonderful father. His quiet nature is something I will always remember from our minor hockey days spent supporting our children. John and I send our heartfelt sympathies. We can only hope that your dad along with Fote and Pat are happily reliving their days at the arena too.
    Corinne and John Almas

  • Bryan and Glenda Jackson says:

    Gloria and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Lou Wilde says:

    I miss you my friend and often think about you. You had a huge impact on my career and one of the greatest mentors I’ve ever had. I’d start hunting again if I could go with you. You would be so proud of your kids… following in your footsteps.

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