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SCHLOSSER, John Matthew

May 14, 1940 — May 16, 2021

John M. Schlosser, 81, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly on May 16, 2021.

Born May 14, 1940, in Blairmore, AB, John moved to Kelowna, BC with his parents, the late Lawrence & Margaret Schlosser. In Kelowna, John owned his own business, Canwest Design Group., designing buildings for many years; even in his retirement, John continued to design buildings. John was involved at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church, was a member in with the Mission Rotary club, a member of Jaycees Club, and was an avid Model Railroader and rail fan. He has taken his family on many “train chases” while they were on family trips together.

John was kind, humorous and an intellect, there are many in the community who will deeply mourn his passing.

John is held dear in the hearts of his wife, Gail; children Teresa (Saeed) Anwar, Angela (Daniel) Wallenius and Jennifer Schlosser; grandchildren Karina (Josh) Richmond and Devon (Erika) Matkovich; and great-grandchildren Riley, Thera, & Benji Matkovich, and Season Richmond.  He will also be missed by his siblings Rosemary Watson, Diane Saunders, and Greg Schlosser, and many extended family members. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother, Lawrence Schlosser.

The family wish to thank Gerry and Anita Fee for being there for constant support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

A Memorial Service will be held to honour John, however due to the current pandemic restrictions it will be by invitation only. The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join online by Livestream on FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021, AT 10:30 AM (see below). A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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  • Renee Burzuk says:

    Dear Teresa, Angela and Jennifer. Your dad was special man. I was so blessed to volunteer with him for Cursillo and doing music at St. Charles Garnier. He was joyful and loving. He will be missed. You are in my prayers. Renee

  • Jim and Irene Failes says:

    I am so sorry to hear that John has passed away. His loss will be felt by many, especially his loving family. I will always remember his laugh and his love of trains. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Bruce & Bernice Redman and Cheryl & James Steele says:

    Thanks John for all the memories of Wyoming, Washington, Montana, BC, our rail fan travels will always be cherished. Bruce Redman
    We’ve heard many stories and adventures of my Dad Bruce and John and all the rail fans. There many trips, conversations and thousands of photos will always hold a special place with my Dad. John was a gentle, kind man and his 40 plus years friendship with my Dad will always be remembered. Cheryl Steele
    Thanks John for being such a great friend.

  • Joy frost says:

    My Love and prayers, to the family, John will be missed by all our family, love you, love to ,our quiet blessed John your cousin Joy see you,

  • David Forster says:

    It is with great sorrow that I learned of John’s passing! John was a great friend and I will always remember the great times we had “out trackside” with John and the “gang” My sincere condolences to the family. from railfan “buddy”

  • CW Mis says:

    Gail, Jennifer, and family, we are sorry to hear of John’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lou, Carol, Chris, and Kevin Mis.

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Audrey Caralson says:

    I was fortunate to be the first woman accepted to be a member of the Mission Rotary Club in 1996, which like all Rotary clubs till that time were male only. John was welcoming and certainly contributed to the success of the clubs fundraising activities and initiatives. Highly respected and always interesting to chat with. My condolences to his family.

  • John Leech says:

    It with great sadness that I learned of John’s passing. Gail, I send you my condolences and my thoughts and prayers. While I am now retired and no longer an authority for the profession, I will say, with full assurance of the many with whom John served as a volunteer with ASTTBC and BDIBC, that his passing will be on the minds of the many who knew John and his work., We enjoyed many great times together, notable when John was a lead player with ASTTBC and the Building Designers Institute of BC. John’s leadership helped advance the professional recognition for BÇ’s building designers, technologists and technicians registered with ASTTBC who provided a valuable service to their clients and the BC communities in which they lived. Find memories will be cherished. John Leech, AScT, CAE, Retired CEO, ASTTBC

  • George and Reta Gowlland says:

    Our deepest and sincere condolences to Gail, Teresa, Angela and Jennifer.
    John was a talented building designer, a business colleague, an astute technician but most of all a true friend. We will miss his infectious smile, his delightful sense of humor and companionship. Farewell my friend.

  • Marg Weber says:

    I was deeply saddened by the news of Johns passing. I worked with John as a fellow CCCC officer for the Cursillo movement He was a great friend and will be dearly missed. Rest now in peace and joy in eternal life! My sincere condolences to Gail and family. 💕🙏💕

  • Norma and Alan Rattray says:

    Gail, Teresa, Angela and Jennifer. We are sending you our thoughts and prayers. John was a wonderful man and will be missed.

  • Victoria Feil says:

    My heart goes out to all of John’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with John for many years at GTA Architecture. He will be deeply missed. I will always remember his infectious smile and kind heart. Such an incredible human being.

  • Gerry and Bev Matkovich says:

    Our sincere condolences to Gail, Teresa, Angela, Jennifer and all the family on Johns passing. A very touching service. Many wonderful memories you shared with us all today. John will be missed by so many. Support each other and cherish the memories.

  • Carl and Lynn Brisson says:

    Teresa and family
    We are so sorry for your loss. We know how close you were to your dad. May our Lord bring you and your loved ones peace and comfort at this time. I also hope you can find comfort in each other. God Bless

  • Sheelagh Winston says:

    John was a great and loyal friend who will be missed terribly. He was a Christian leader who loved his God and those he called friend. A wonderful and faithful friend to the Cursillo Movement both in his own diocese and in the National Canadian Movement. Go with God my friend, you will be sorely missed. De Colores, your friend Sheelagh Winston

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