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PHELPS, Ronald (Don)

May 18, 1933 — April 13, 2014

PHELPS, Ronald (Don) Gordon passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the age of 80. Survived by his wife Dorothy, five children; John (Celina) of New York, Dean (Angie), Bill, Laura (Pelle) all of Victoria, BC, and David (Ramona) of Kelowna, 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild, brother Collin Johnsen of Vancouver and special friend Carol Williams. After graduating from UBC Don came to Kelowna in 1962 and opened a law practice with two graduate friends. He had a long and distinguished career in law, retiring in 2006. Don will be remembered for his excellent sports ability especially in squash, tennis and racquetball, his bridge skills and his long membership at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club as well as the Kelowna Club. A Celebration of Life Open House will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4 – 6 pm at Springfield Funeral Home’s Family Center, 2020 Springfield Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the 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.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home Family Centre

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The service for PHELPS, Ronald (Don) is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home Family Centre

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Heidi Peacock says:

    Sorry for your loss Phelps Family. Don will be sadly missed. Thinking of you with sympathy. Mark, Heidi & Andrew Peacock

  • Dawn Maranda says:

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Brian & Carol Mayzes says:

    To all the family.
    We send you our condolences on the loss of Ron
    We remember him as helpful and honest with our legal needs. He always made time for us.
    We also remember him as a good & fair man when our son Doug played over at his house with Bill

  • Doug Mayzes says:

    Heartfelt Condolences on your loss, and nothing but fond memories of the kindness and hospitality that was the Phelps household and Maple Avenue. From my first golfing experience to my first PG-Movie with Bill and his Dad, and for me as an adult with kind and friendly legal advice your father was always helpful and kind and he will be missed but never forgotten.

  • Chris Jaegli says:

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Don’s dry humour and competitive tennis game are great memories.

  • Cyril Chalk says:

    Dear Dorothy, John, Dean, David, and Laura,

    I was saddened to read of your husband’s and father’s passing. May the loving thoughts and support of others be a source of strength and support to you at this time.


    Cyril Chalk

  • Lisa Kuny (nee Shuba) says:

    To the Phelps Family.

    Our hearts go out to the family in your time of sorrow, and we pray the love of God enfolds you and provides you comfort.

    Thinking of Don and family today with fond memories.

    Peace, Prayers and Blessings from Dorene & Joe Shuba and the Shuba girls (Cindy, Shelley, Lisa and Natalie)

  • Dale Hawley says:

    On this sad occasion I am filled with fond memories of your family: playing in our yards on Maple St.; trick or treating in-town; going to AdventureLand; having my shoes cleaned as I entered your house … Deepest condolences.

    Best Regards,

  • Val Castle says:

    Dear Dorothy,
    Colin and I were very sorry to hear of Don’s passing recently. Unfortunately we did not see the announcement until after the funeral.
    We did not know Don well, but he was such a good role model for your wonderful family. Your oldest boys were great friends of our two;
    and you helped me get used to Canadian childhood again after the more formal style in England. I was always so grateful that our boys made such good friends with the “Phelps gang” which eased their adjustment to Canada – and was amazed how you could have so many kids around without looking frazzelled!!!!
    I noted that Dean, Bill and Laura all live in Victoria, so I mentioned this to Allan (lives in Victoria as well) and Geoff (lives in North Van). Hopefully they may find time to meet up and share a beer.
    We ourselves are planning a move to the coast next fall, as we feel too far away at this stage of our lives to keep on trekking to Vancouver.
    All the best for the future (I am not sure where you are living now).
    With sympathy,
    Colin and Val Castle

  • Terry Conville says:

    Very sorry to here of passing of Don (Mr. Phelps to me). He was a fine man and a great coach to myself and many of the kids he coached in various sports in Kelowna. I really enjoyed growing up on Maple Street with your family as an integral part of my early and teenage life. I hold many memories with you all on the street, at the school, on the sports field, or on the ski hill.

    I send you all my heartfelt sympathies and wish all of you the very best for you and yours!

    Terry Conville

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