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RENNIE, Ian Charles

September 5, 1921 — February 13, 2018

Ian Rennie passed away February 13, 2018 and is survived by his wife Edna, of 65 years, two daughters Dianne (David), Marlene (Richard); four grandchildren: Carly, Amy, Megan, Ian; one great grandchild Willa, many nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his mother and father and three sisters.

Ian was born in Edmonton, AB.  At the age of 18 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and worked as a Radio Telegrapher and after WW2 graduated from Radio School.  He joined Trans Canada Airlines in 1946, as a Radio Operator, and in 1957 Pacific Western Airlines working in various cities in Western Canada as Sales and Operations Manager.  He was transferred to Kelowna in 1969 and retired in 1984 – an aviation career that spanned 40 years.

Ian’s passions aside from aviation was singing in quartets and choruses.  He was an active member of the Barbershop Society (SPEBSQSA) for 60 years.  He was a long-time member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club and an avid Curler.

Ian served his community in a number of roles – Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, instrumental in promoting the Ambassador program at the Kelowna Airport and was a dedicated Ambassador for 16 years.  He was a member of the Kelowna Naval Veteran’s Association, Ian always said – “Singing is Life the Rest is Just Details.”

Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made a Charity of your choice.

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Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

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The service for RENNIE, Ian Charles is scheduled for Friday, March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC.


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  • Elfe Shukla says:

    Dear Edna,
    What wonderful memories I have of Ian. His humor, his helpfulness and of course his music! You two made a great team here at the Southern Interior Rotary Lodge. Ian will be missed greatly. My deepest condolences to you Edna and your family.
    Love, Elfe

  • John and Ruth McIvor says:

    Ian was a unique man with many talents. He had a spirit for life and made the most of every day. A fun man who made those around him feel special. We are very sorry for your loss.

  • Dennis Gerace says:

    Charm and I send our sincere condolences to you, Edna, Marlene, Diane and everyone in the Rennie clan. Ian and I have a long singing history going back to 1971 when we sang in the Kelowna Musical Production of The Music Man. We had a 22 year history on singing in The Apple TuneOvers quartet and we had a ball doing this and people seemed to enjoy our music. Our quarteting continued to a few days before he died where we sang with him at the Glenmore Lodge. That quartet was called “The Century Project” because we were going to sing until Ian was 100. We didn’t quite make it but had a lot of fun trying!

  • Ray Stewart says:

    I send my condolences to Edna and all the family on Ian’s passing. My late husband, Sandy Stewart, and I last saw Ian and Edna at his cousin Ian McEwan’s 80th birthday party in Dumbarton, Scotland. Ian was full of life, singing and dancing, thoroughly enjoying life. He will be sorely missed by Edna, Dianne and Marlene and all his family. I send my warmest thoughts. Ray Stewart

  • Margaret White says:

    Dear Edna and family,
    I will forever remember Ian with fondness. I first met him and yourself Edna at the PWA office back in 1979. I recall the many years since of office visits (with Ian announcing his arrival in song), picnics, travel Industry Christmas parties, the airport, etc. Many great memories. I hope that your own beautiful memories bring some comfort now and always as your hearts grieve. He was a wonderful, one of a kind guy!! My sincere condolences.
    Margaret White

  • Andy & Diane Baker says:

    We were very saddened to learn of Ian’s passing the other day. He was our dad’s very best friend….a friendship kindled through their mutual love of barbershop singing. I remember Ian from my childhood as we Baker kids were subjected to many practice sessions in our Calgary home courtesy of “The Rolling Tones” quartet. Mr. Rennie (as I knew him then) was the lead and our dad was the tenor. It was a bittersweet feeling for Dad when the Rennie clan moved to Kelowna. Missing them in Calgary but happily welcoming them each summer at our Shuswap cottage. There were many happy days at that lakeside barbershop haven where four part harmony and fiery sunsets served as backdrops for corn roasts and campfires. Ian and Edna played an integral part in painting those landscapes. Great times and great memories.
    We also have the very fond memory of welcoming Ian and Edna to our wedding some 34 years ago (time flies doesn’t it). It meant a great deal to Dad to have his best friends there in Montreal for the marriage of his son.
    Our sincerest sympathies go to Edna, Dianne and Marlene for your loss. We hope you are comforted by the happy memories of a wonderful life lived alongside of him. His spirit burns bright inside all of you.
    Sincerely yours,
    Andy & Diane Baker
    Burlington, Ontario

  • Mary Street and Brian Street says:

    Dear Edna and Family:

    Our thoughts are with you and your family as we fondly remember Ian. He was always happy with a smile on his face He brought such joy to everyone with his singing. I will always remember the good times we had together. Take care, Edna

    Mary Street
    Brian Street

  • Maureen and Guy Bird says:

    Ian will be sorely missed, his spirit, his enthusiasm and his voice. We’re certain he’ll find three other guys in heaven to ring chords. A great singer and a great person to have known and shared time with.

  • Dorothy Donaldson says:

    I’m sooo sorry for your loss. Ian was one of my favourite people and want to send my love to all of the family at this sad time.
    Sincerely Dorothy

  • Gray Dishaw says:

    My sincere condolences to the Rennie family. I have known Ian for 35 years. He was very instrumental in allowing us to enter the travel business in 1982. Since those early years in the business I would run into Ian either at the airport or at the country club and we would always have a very warm visit. He was an old fashioned gentleman, who trusted me when the business was starting and I’ve never forgotten that trust. Thanks again Ian. Gray Dishaw

  • Rosemary Meadows(Tully) says:

    Although I did not know Ian’s family, I just wanted to share with you, my recollection of Ian in the travel workplace. He was a great sales rep and friend to many of us in the travel industry, during his time at Pacific Western. He always announced his arrival, with a song, a smile on his face and sometimes a free pass!
    We looked forward to his office visits, and always hoped he stay overnight in our city, it usually meant an evening of jokes and laughter for all….sometimes even a (wee dram!)
    The world was a better place with Ian in the mix!
    Thanks for all you contributed to the Travel Industry.

  • Stan Morgan says:

    Ian was a great guy. Both he and Edna were wonderful neighbours. Ian was dedicated to his family and his work. We talked a lot over the fence and he was always jovial and had lots of stories to tell. He will be missed by many and admired by all who knew him. God Bless you Ian

  • Judy Clarke says:

    Anyone that worked at Light’s or Four Seasons Travel- way back when knew and loved Ian. What a breath of fresh air to see him walk through the door – always a pleasant word, for all of us. A very fond memory for all – thoughts and prayers for the family .
    Warm regards
    Judy Clarke

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