We Remember

SJURSET, Donald Olaf

April 17, 1947 — December 23, 2022

The family of Donald Olaf Sjurest is deeply saddened to announce his sudden passing on Friday, December 23, 2022, at the age of 75.

Don was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on April 17, 1947.  He spent his childhood growing up with his two older sisters Terry and Elizabeth, his mother Theresa, and his father John.  John was a carpenter and taught the trade to Don, who worked as a carpenter on and off throughout his adulthood.  Don also became a Chef, working in various restaurants in the Vancouver, BC area.

Throughout his adulthood, Don battled alcohol and drug addiction.  Contact with the family was lost several times during this period.  At age 60, Don was able to reconnect with his sisters and moved up to Kelowna, BC to be closer to family.  With family support, he was able to beat his addictions and become a valuable member of society.  He became an NA group leader and became a shelter support worker at the Gospel Mission.  He worked at Freedom’s Door and the Kalano Club and volunteered making meals and giving monthly donations to feed the homeless.

Don was predeceased by his father, John Olaf Sjurset and his mother, Theresa Christine (née Brossard) Sjurset.  He will be lovingly remembered by his two sisters Terry Heemskerk and Elizabeth Noble; his brother-in-law Harry Heemskerk; his nieces and nephews, Sandi (Dave), Buzz (Val), Tim, Jen (Cam), Ben (Leanne), Brad (Veronica), Barb, and Louise (Michel); and by many great-nieces & -nephews.

Don will be remembered for his faith, generosity, and his larger than life personality which is etched in all our hearts.

Help Don’s kindness, loyalty, and compassion continue by making a donation to Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, kelownagospelmission.ca, an organization Don felt strongly about.

Please join our family in honouring the life of Don on SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2023, at 11:00 am, at SAINT PIUS X ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (1077 Fuller Ave, Kelowna, BC).  Family would love for everyone to join them at the church hall for a lunch after the service to share stories of remembrance.

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LIVESTREAM: Livestream link, provided by the Church

SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2023, at 11:00 am


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