We Remember

THYS, John

July 9, 1962 — December 25, 2023

A Celebration of Life will be held in remembrance of John on SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM, at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  For those wishing to attend, please Click Here to Register.  In honour of our beloved John, we kindly request that you bring a cherished memory by writing it down for the family to read privately (a book will be made available to write it in). Your contributions will be deeply treasured and shared amongst us as we reminisce about John’s life.


It is with devastating sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of John Thys on December 25, 2023, while vacationing in Australia.

John was born in Sarnia on July 9th, 1962, but raised in Windsor, Ontario where he attended Roseland Elementary & W.D. Lowe Secondary before graduating from St Clair College as a Tool & Die Maker. He played football with Windsor’s AKO Fratmen in the early 80s and remained an active member for several years thereafter. He met the love of his life, Mitzi while attending Expo ’86 in Vancouver. They married in September 1989, and welcomed their daughters in 1994 and 1996. In September 1996, John moved his family to Kelowna, BC.

John was joyful, easy-going and friendly. He could tell endless stories which were elaborate and often with questionable details but always entertaining. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends, and neighbours; especially around the pool with a beer or rum & coke. He was always up for fun and loved to play golf, hockey, ski, scuba dive or spontaneously boogie to embarrass his daughters. John was a wonderful husband, father, friend and neighbour. He will be remembered and missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

He is survived by his wife Mitzi, daughters Natasha and Charlotte, sister Helen (Gord) Pierce, brother Anthony (Kirsten) Thys, nephews Andrew, Ryan, Joel, niece, Michelle and dogs Pippin and Ivy.

John was predeceased by his father Pieter in 1988 and mother, Sylvia (née Bron) in 2005.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM


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Service Information

Service Details

The service for THYS, John is scheduled for SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2024 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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  • Walker Andrea says:

    So sorry to hear this
    Sending my deepest condolences 💐

  • Trish Anderson says:

    Mitzi, losing someone dear is incredibly difficult, especially when it happens unexpectedly. John is so very missed.
    May Peace Be With You and your Daughters. .

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