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St. GEORGE, Bryan Douglas

St. George, Bryan Douglas went to be with the Lord on October 10, 2013 at the age of 80. Survived by his loving family, daughter Kimberlee Alton of Kelowna; sons Kevin Douglas (Lynn) of W. Vancouver; and Gordon Bryan (Colleen) of Peachland; nine grandchildren; Eben (Laura), Jamie (Larry), Mike (Marney), Darren (Jen), Matthew (Jenn),Jennifer (James), Ross, Andrew, Scott and nine great grandchildren. Sadly predeceased by his wife Dean, brothers Clarence and Dennis and sisters Doris and Kae.

Bryan was born on a small farm near Dugald, MB, east of Winnipeg. While he loved farming life, he was anxious to explore other parts of Canada. He began a long and successful career in the moving industry in 1952 when he joined Security Storage in Winnipeg as a long distance driver. Bryan, or “Boots” as he was known by many for years, joined the Allied Van Lines dispatch office in Winnipeg when it was time to settle down and begin having a family.

In 1965 Bryan and Dean and their three small children moved to Kelowna when Bryan became the General Manager of Chapman Moving & Storage. In 1970, Bryan and Dean ventured out on their own and purchased Speedy Delivery Service and began operating as St. George Moving & Storage. Bryan was an active member of the trucking industry and served on various Boards throughout his career. He was also active in First Baptist Church, the community and enjoyed politics. He never turned down a good debate and was always writing a letter to one of our local newspaper editors. When then the children were young, Bryan could often been seen at one of the local ball diamonds or ice rink. Bryan was an avid hunter in his younger years and enjoyed getting away – unfortunately there often wasn’t game to show but he had fun just the same.


Bryan and Dean sold St. George Moving in 1992 and then spent the next 18 years enjoying retirement and spending winters in Mexico with close friends and family. Bryan loved to drive to Mexico each winter. Bryan was very close to his family and will be missed dearly by many including nieces and nephews. He was very close to his grandchildren and was always very supportive of their adventures.

Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, with Pastor Gary Swabey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society: 202-1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 3H5. 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.”



Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:00 am

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society: 202-1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 3H5


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The service for St. GEORGE, Bryan Douglas is scheduled for Friday, October 18, 2013 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250.860.7077

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  • Al & Donna Horning says:

    We are sorry to hear of the loss of your father, our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

    • lawrence salloum says:

      I was saddened to hear of bryans passing
      I first met bryan in 1968 when he moved me and my family to kelowna
      He was always a good friend

  • Karen Christensen says:

    I am sad to see Bryan leave us. He was a good soul and I loved debating politics with him. He made me smile and I will never forget him.

  • Sonia and Darren Withers says:

    We met your dad at First Baptist 15 years ago. Over the 14 years that we attended there, Bryan often spoke into our lives (it was hard for him to keep an opinion to himself :))and always spoke his truth. What stands out most as a memory of your dad and grandfather was his love for all of you! He would often ask us to pray for you either for hard things in your lives or blessings and celebrations. His servant heart, as a member at FBC, stood out as an example for those of us who were new to the church. He was a huge blessing in our lives and has left us with many memories of a man who loved his family very much! He will be dearly missed!

  • Don and Bernadette Stach says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. He was certainly one of the best bosses Don ever had and then became our friend. We have lots of great memories of him and your mom as well as the rest of you. We know that this will be a difficult time for all of you as you grieve for him, but we know that he loved you all and you loved him. Unfortunately we cannot be with you on Friday, but our thoughts are with you. Love Don, Bernadette and Family.

  • Theresa & Ryan Naka says:

    Dear Gordon and Colleen and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Cyber hug xox Theresa and Ryan Naka

  • Lori Ann Kirby says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Uncle Bryan’s passing but take comfort in knowing that he and Dean are travelling together again. I will remember him for his giant smile, all the board games we used to play and how proud he was of his family. With all our love. (This pic is from May 2005 in Regina with Dean’s brother Bill and most of our family.)

  • Bruce Jones says:

    We 1st met Bryan in the early 70’s when is was both a client and our mover. A great guy with wit and humor who we know will be missed by all. Kevin kept up the family tradition and moved us all across the land many times. In later years we always enjoyed Bryan’s musings in the local paper.
    Sincerest condolences
    Bruce and Jacquie Jones

  • Carol Lepsoe says:

    I offer my condolence to all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Bryan and Dean. I will always remember Bryan as a very fit 70-something year old fellow who happily road his bike around the neighborhood.

  • Mark Peacock says:

    Dear, Kim, Kevin, Gordon & Families,
    Sorry for the loss of your Dad,
    Bryan will be sadly missed. With sincere sympathy Mark & Heidi Peacock

  • John and Martha Easter says:

    Kim, Kevin and Gordon,we send our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your father.He was a wonderful man and a truly great friend to Martha and me.He held strong opinions but always maintained the relationship even is you disagreed with him.In the death of Bryan you lost a father. We in turn lost a wonderful friend. wish we could be with you on Friday. John and Martha Easter

  • Bert & Marg Warkins says:

    We were very sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. Bert worked for Bryan from the time he started St. George Moving & Storage until he sold the business. He will be missed.

  • The " Mexico Gang" says:

    We have shared many wonderful times in Mexico with Bryan. We will miss him terribly this Winter. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. Sincerely, Doug and Sue Lockyer, Jim and Maryanne Bowen, Hap and Mary Leyda, Tony and John Oorschot, Al Laplante and Andrea, Sue and Tom Devore, Paul and Marion .

  • The " Mexico Gang" says:

    One more name from the Mexican Gang is Audrey and Ernie Jukes.

  • Linda Anderson says:

    To the family of Bryan (and Dean): may the Lord comfort you as you celebrate Bryan’s life and remember him. As men with strong convictions, Bryan and my husband Bob Anderson had many “discussions” as both strongly supported their beliefs.Thinking of you and praying for you, Linda Anderson (wife of the late Bob Anderson and daughter-in-law of George Anderson – Jenkins Cartage)

  • Lloyd, Bruce and Bob Callahan says:

    Our sincere condolences to your family on the passing of Bryan. He will be truly missed by many.

  • Lawrence Taylor says:

    Kim, Kevin and Gordon,

    So sorry to hear that your Dad has passed on. A central figure in my boyhood, he was a real original and a person of true character. My thoughts are with you-deepest condolences.

  • Wendy Holling says:

    Very sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. How wonderful that he lived to the hardy age of 80.
    When St. George’s Moving & Storage came to be, they needed a mechanic for their trucks, and that was our father, Elmer Bosley. Bryan, always with that smile and an inspiring comment, kept conversation lively while sipping coffee in our kitchen, leaving all of us with a smile.
    Dean, on the paperwork end of things, kept in touch with our mother, Dolores, in charge of the paperwork on our side.
    We’ve continued to enjoy Bryan’s letters in the newspaper, and always waited for the next. We often thought he should have been in politics. 🙂
    Sadly missing both Bryan and Dean, as we know their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren do.

    Condolences to all,
    Wendy Holling (Bosley), Sheila Coombs (Bosley), Dennis Bosley

  • Arthur & Susan Riddell says:

    Kevin, Kim and Gordon
    So sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. We heard about it the day after the service on Friday. Our deepest sympathies go out to you.

  • Zdena Novy says:

    In memory of Brian,
    Brian was my daughter’s next door neighbour. I’ll never forget the day I was visiting her and there stood Brian looking up at me asking:”What are you doing up there?” and I replied, “Just visiting my daughter.” He nooded his head and said:”I guess it’s OK then.”
    He was a special neighbour. Someone you can trust, depend on, love to have a conversation with… I know my daughter Jen and her husband Luke treasured his friendship dearly. I did too. We all miss Brian already!
    Zdena Novy
    Maple Ridge

  • Priscilla Russell says:

    I am so sorry that I missed the service. Bryan and I spent some great times at political meetings and conventions. We also had a few debates!!!

    Take Care
    Priscilla Russell

  • Paul Jenkins says:

    I was deeply sadened to find out just tonight that Brian had passed away,we were fellow BOD members on Allied and only in August we exchanged emails like we have done for the past several years .He and Dean visited PEI with there trailor many years ago.For the past month I have been emailing him for a reply to my previous unanswered emails and only tonite one came back undeliverable.Was he stricken suddenly ? A reply with Kevins address would be appreciated
    Paul Jenkins 159 Q.E.Dr Charlottetown PEI
    C1A 3B2 pjenkins@computerresource.ca

  • Eric Blais and Family says:

    Kim, Kevin and Gordon,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out and am sorry for the late message. Your mother and father were so good to my parents and were such good friends. Please know that he will always be in your heart.
    Eric and Dore Blais and family

  • Tom Fitzgerald says:

    This may never be seen by anyone, but I’m happy that I get the chance to write this anyway.

    I was Bryans tenant for a couple of years and feel so honoured to have known him.

    We all know what a great guy he was but I want to tell a story to demonstrate that.

    As a Brit, my first year in Canada was in Kelowna and I didn’t realise how hot it got. One day Bryan popped by and noticed how hot it was in my suite. He offered to put in Air Conditioning but I turned him down on the grounds that it would cost him too much money. We met half way and decided to wait to see if it got unbearable in the next few weeks.

    Later that day I went out shopping only to come back a few hours later to find him measuring up the walls with a contractor. He’d decided that I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for and that I’d need AC and he was going to pay for it. Turns out I REALLY did need it, as that summer was a scorcher. Despite numerous offers he would not let me pay a cent towards it and the rent never went up.

    This is just an example of what a lovely bloke he was. I only knew him for 3-4 years, but I honestly will never forget him, not for this one act of kindness, but for this and all the other amazing things he did for me, whilst asking for nothing in return.

    If I get let through the pearly gates one day, my first place to live will be at Bryan’s.

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