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TRIBE, LeRoy “John”

John Tribe passed away on July 18, 2023, at Kelowna Hospice and will be greatly missed by his wife Lynn of 55 years, daughter Nora, daughter in Law Michelle and her spouse Skylar LeBert, granddaughters Chantelle, Averie and Sera, brother Norman Tribe and sister Edna O’Flynn, and nephews and nieces.  He was predeceased by his son Michael, sister Dorothy, and parents Bert and Sarah Tribe.

John was born in 1944 in Penticton, BC, the youngest of 4 children and lived his youth on an orchard on the Middle Bench Road in Penticton where he graduated from high school.  He followed his brother to the Yukon after graduation and worked as a prospector before going to university and obtaining his Mining Engineering degree.  He met the love of his life, Lynn (Bleasdale) and in 1968 they married and moved to Merritt where he worked for Craigmont Mines.  John and Lynn moved many times as he rose up the ladder in the mining industry and ended up in Fernie, BC where he was mine manager at Byron Creek Collieries.

In 1983 they moved with their two children Michael and Nora to Colombia S.A. on a 3-year contract loaned out to Imperial Oil and Intercor in Barranquilla, Colombia.  It was quite the adventure for the whole family and John and Lynn became fluent in Spanish.  The Spanish language proved very good for his career when Byron Creek was sold and he went consulting.  John taught a Professional Supervisor course in Spanish and English in many countries, including Argentina, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia, also in the USA, Australia and Indonesia and even in Mongolia. Living in Kelowna allowed him to fly out to these places while his family enjoyed the Okanagan.

While he was travelling, John took up playing the fiddle (violin) and became a central figure as President of the BC Old Time Fiddlers for many years and played out with the group at dances and shows when he was in Kelowna.  John and Lynn went to many fiddle camps for vacation and his skills improved over the years.

In 1970, John and Lynn purchased 40 acres of wilderness near Bridesville, BC and every year they would spend a vacation exploring the area and even built a cabin.  The cabin became John’s favourite place to be, especially when he purchased a tractor.  There were always things to do at the cabin and they spent as much time as possible there in the summer months.

John was diagnosed with brain tumours in January 2023 and he bravely had surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, but the cancer was too aggressive to beat and he succumbed to it on July 18th, 2023.  He will be remembered fondly by all his family and friends who are thankful that his suffering has ended.

There will be a reception and tea on Monday, July 24, 2023, at 2:00 PM in the Family Centre in Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC.

Memorial donations can be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House, or to Branch 7 of BC Old Time Fiddlers by email to kelownaoldtimefiddlers@gmail.com.

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Monday, July 24, 2023, at 2:00 PM

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC, in the Family Centre

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The service for TRIBE, LeRoy “John” is scheduled for Monday, July 24, 2023, at 2:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC, in the Family Centre

2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC


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  • Charlene Webster says:

    Will miss Uncle John us girls have many fond memories of him helping us water ski and BBQ s encouraging us to play a instrument and making us laugh . So sorry Auntie Lynn for your loss will be thinking of you.

  • Brenda Chambers says:

    My sincere condolences Lynn to you and your family. Prayers and thoughts 🙏

  • Calvin & Rhea says:

    To Lynn & family, Calvin & I send you our deepest condolences on the passing of John. He will leave a hole in many lives he touched with his music and his dedication to fiddle music. May he Rest in Peace.

  • Erik & Rosalie Eeg says:

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our prayers are with Lynn and family.

  • Sandra & Roy Hogarth says:

    Dear Lynn and family, and Norm and Sharon,
    We are so sad for your loss. John brought smiles and happiness to every gathering, with his cheerful manner, and of course his musical talent. It was always a pleasure to get together at the New Year’s open house at Norm and Sharon’s, or to hear his fiddle playing at an event.
    You are in our thoughts,
    Sandra and Roy Hogarth

  • Donna Roth says:

    We , the Roth family, are so very sad to hear of John’s passing. John was a man of kind heart and he was instrumental in teaching fiddling to our 3 children, Susan, Devin and Dean.
    Our condolences to Lynn and Family
    Donna, Kelly and Susan, Devin , Dean

  • Karen Omit says:

    So sorry to hear about John’s passing. He was a delightful person to be around. He always seemed to his best with what he had along with Lynn. He will be missed for sure. May the God of all comfort, comfort you and your family, Lynn. May God’s peace and grace be with you..

  • Barb says:

    I am so sorry to hear about John. My sincere condolences to your family. “His wings were ready but your hearts were not”

  • Irene Donison says:

    Lynn, and family. A cherished individal who brought laughter and joy to those around him. My husband (Archie) and i were recipients, of Johns ever love of fiddle music. John legacy of humor, loyalty to the fiddle world will long be remebered, by those who knew him. Lynn and family! celebrate his Achievements, a milestone his legacey,will live on. Irene Donison , from Ponoka.

  • Marshal Fedorak says:

    With sadnes Lauretta and I received word of John’s passing. We know that John will be missed all fiddlers and
    friends as well as his family. We will keep Lynn and family in our prayers.

  • Jean and Terry Laverty says:

    John and Lynn made our time is Colombia a pleasant experience. We spent time in Barranquilla and then at the mine site. Terry worked consulting with John and we got to see him again. All our love to all of you.

  • Howard and Patricia Archibald says:

    Lynn and family, Norman and Sharon and Edna and your families,: so very sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. He was a very special cousin to me and the memories are precious. We thank God for the privilege and pleasure of visiting with Johnny just last week. and pray God’s peace will rest on you all even through the sadness.
    All our love Howard and Patricia Archibald

  • Geri and Winston Wuttunee says:

    Lynn and Family: We were very sad to hear of John’s passing and we send our condolences over the miles and across the Mountains.. As a member of the Kelowna Fiddlers, we got to know John and Lynn over our years in Kelowna, prior to moving there for 2 years and when we returned from Winnipeg to visit. John always had a smile and was willing to help me with whatever I was curious about. We enjoyed our coffee chats together too. Take care, Lynn and family. Love Winston and Geri

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