We Remember


— December 20, 2014

Orlesky, Nick passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the age of 86. He is survived by his sons: Doug of Castlegar, and Darrell (Mel) of Kelowna BC: daughter Elaine (Al) Robison of Kelowna: four grandchildren; Hazen, Jared, Natasha and Kinsey: brother George (Julie) of Kelowna: numerous nieces and nephews and his partner Norma Bowman. Sadly predeceased by eight siblings.

Nick loved gardening and previously owned a nursery. He came to Kelowna in 1972 and worked in the life insurance industry for many years until his retirement in 1988. After retirement Nick enjoyed gardening, fishing, wood working, making his own wine and fruit juice as well as canning produce from his garden. He was a loving man, kind, caring and had a great sense of humor. He was loved by all who knew him and will be sadly missed.

Celebration of Life

Please join us for a Celebration of Life for our Dad – Nick Orlesky

Place: Rutland United Church – 1370 Rutland Road, Kelowna, BC

Time: 1:00 pm on Saturday May 9, 2015 – video of special memories at 2:00 pm

Please contact Darrell Orlesky at 250-765-8021 or Elaine Robison (Orlesky) at 250-451-0833, if you need further information.


All our Love

Doug, Darrell and Elaine


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9

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Time: 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Rutland United Church

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Service Details

The service for ORLESKY, Nick is scheduled for Time: 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 9, 2015 . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Rutland United Church

1370 Rutland Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Larry & Vera Robison says:

    Sending prayers & heartfelt condolences to the entire family during this time , he was a very special man with a great humor and is definitely going to be missed by all !
    Prayers and hugs go out to his children Doug , Darrell , and Elaine , please know another angle ,flies high above us . God bless all of you .
    RIP Nick for we will meet again!!

    Larry & Vera Robison

    • Elaine Robison says:

      I want to thank everyone for sharing their special thoughts for our Dad. It means a lot to us. Words can’t describe how awful and such an empty feeling it feels to love someone so deeply and have to say good bye. Dad would always say, bye for now….. and that is what it is. Bye for “now”. We could never of had a better Dad. He touched the lives of everyone that knew him with his sense of humor, how kind, caring, and generous he was. He loved to take care of everyone. We have “so” many special memories of Dad, they will live in our hearts forever!

      • Denise and the boys says:

        So very sorry to see this today. Your Dad was a very kind soul, he will be greatly missed by all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
        Denise, Carson and Royce

  • Norma bowman says:

    Norma Our condolences go out to you in Nick’s passing. You made such a super couple. We enjoyed your visit at the Summerland Bluegrass and Nick was always so jolly. I will phone when we get back to Kelowna.Love Lloyd and Millie

  • Jamie says:

    Doug, Darrell and Elaine. I am sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He was a very special “Dad”. I have many fond memories – especially salmon fishing at Spences Bridge with his make shift rain coat – a black garbage bag – hey Darrell. He was a strong and understanding man. I will truly miss him. I send my condolences to all of you and your family. Jamie

  • Sally Lorencz says:

    I am so sorry about your loss.

    Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~Author Unknown

  • Carrie (Weir) Kohlruss says:

    Dave and I are truly saddened to hear of Uncle Nick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time. All of our love Dave, Carrie and Chris

  • Heather Hutson says:

    I was so sad to hear of Nick’s passing. We were such good friends when we lived in Kelowna and even after we moved to Alberta. My thoughts and prayers go out to Doug, Darrel, Elaine and to Norma. I know Nick will be missed by many.

  • Earl & Sonya Toews says:

    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Sending our deepest sympathy with caring thoughts.

  • Ron & Celine Schaad says:

    Dear Doug, Darrel, Elaine and Norma. We are sorry for the loss. Nick was a long time friend and respected associate member of the Independent Order of Foresters.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your sorrow.

    Ron & Celine Schaad

  • Tyson and Shawna Weir says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to all of Nick’s family. We will hold his memory in our hearts forever.

  • Donna Aschenbrenner says:

    Sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. I always knew him to be a helpful, respectful man, with a big smile on his face !! He will be missed !!

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