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PUIU, Keith

December 15, 1945 — February 15, 2023

It is with profound sadness that the family of Keith Barnard Puiu announce his passing on February 15, 2023, at the age of 77 years in Kelowna, BC.

Keith was born December 15, 1945, in Maidstone, Kent, England to his parents Ron & Violet Puiu. Keith is survived by his wife Taya; daughters Tiffiny (John), Tanya (Denny), Tricia (Jeff), Tara (Brian); and son Christian. Keith is also survived by his 9 adoring grandchildren: Savannah, Maddy, Mason, Brayden, Hannah, Briar, Cass, Kennedie and Addison.

Keith had an accomplished career in the financial industry which began in 1966 with the Bank of Montreal. He then moved on and spent time with Lloyd’s Bank of Canada, Canadian Western Bank prior to making a move to the Credit Union world where he ended his career as the President & CEO of Prospera Credit Union.

Although his career in banking was something he certainly enjoyed, his one true passion was coaching football (“soccer”). Keith spent many great years on the touchline and was an accomplished coach. In his 15+ years, he was a Head Coach with BC Soccer Women’s Provincial Program, the Women’s Canada Games Team, Langara College Women’s Team, Surrey United (Women’s Soccer Premier League) and the Sporting Club of Vancouver (Men’s Premier League). During this time, Keith also spent time as a coach with Canada Soccer’s National High-Performance Centre and was also a Coaching Instructor for the BC Soccer Association.

A Celebration of Life will take place on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at The Cathedral Church of St Michael & All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC.
A reception will follow at 3:00 pm, at the Harvest Golf Club, 2725 K. L. O. Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made to BC Children’s Hospital, www.bcchf.ca/KeithPuiu

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2023, at 11:00 AM

The Cathedral Church of St Michael & All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC

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The service for PUIU, Keith is scheduled for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2023, at 11:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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The Cathedral Church of St Michael & All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC

608 Sutherland Ave Kelowna, BC


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  • Colin Russell says:

    Sincere condolences to everyone. I have many fond memories of time’s spent with Keith ever since I met him in 1975. Keith was a kind and generous friend and he will be sorely missed.

  • Dawn Thalheimer says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please reach out if there is anything you need.
    Dawn, Jarrod, and Family

  • Colin Topley says:

    Met Keith in 1972. Keith was always full of energy excelling at his work, and enjoying the enthusiasm and talents of his children. RIP Keith

  • Lorelei Kroondyk says:

    Emily and the Kroondyk family have fond memories of Keith as a fair and well respected soccer coach. We would like to send our sincere condolences to the family.

  • Sandi Barkwell Keith says:

    I have wonderful memories of Keith from the many visits to my Mexico home. My heart aches for Taya and his entire family

  • Esther Bergen says:

    I have many great memories of Keith from my time at Propera. My deepest condolences. Rest in peace Keith

  • David Brodie says:

    Very sorry to hear this Taya and thinking of you and your family. I was only fortunate enough to meet Keith a few times but the love you shared always came through.

  • Kaya Wiggens says:

    What an incredible, accomplished life Keith had. Sending much love and support to you and Christian, Taya. So sorry for your loss.

  • Mark Tincombe says:

    Taya – I have so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing, I send a big hug to you my friend. I last saw you, Keith and your son at Big White after bumping into you, and enjoyed our dinner together. Fond memories.
    Please take care, I send my love to you and your family.

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