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VAN DE VYVERE, Jules Rocee

Jules Rocee Van de Vyvere, husband of Caroline, father of Bert (Peggy) of Kelowna, Brian (Kathy) of Walkerton ON, and Robert (Joanna) of Dubai UAE; grandfather to Lisa, Tracey, Carolynn, Kris, Mark, David, James (Jay), Jayson, Ryan and eleven great grandchildren, went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 25th, 2014 at the age of ninety one.

He is survived by his sister Simone Devodder of St. Boniface MB and many nieces and nephews who remember him fondly.

Jules is predeceased by his wife of 57 years and mother of his children, Florence,  his son James Lawrence (Jan) of Vernon BC, also by brothers Daniel, Camille, Roger and parents Albert and Irma Van de Vyvere.

Jules grew up in the thirties on a small farm on the outskirts of Winnipeg, MB learning the discipline of hard work at an early age. His father died when Jules was fifteen so his mother relied upon him and his siblings to do the necessary work to allow them to scrimp by.

After college he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. When WW11 ended he was employed by Canada Packers, eventually becoming Manager of the poultry division at Walkerton ON. From there he was transferred to upgrade similar operations in Winnipeg and Edmonton, finally retiring to West Kelowna in 1984.


Wherever he moved, Jules was active in his church and community. His hard work and drive made him a valued addition to church boards, The Knights of Columbus and other organizations he served. In fact, he achieved Fourth Degree Knighthood and served a term as Grand Knight.

When his wife Florence required more care, he eventually admitted her to the Brookhaven Seniors’ facility, visiting her daily to care for her. After her death, he married Caroline, whom he met as she was caring for her former husband (Ernie Chore). They enjoyed their opportunities to travel with friends and visit family until he too, required care and became a resident of “The Village at Smith Creek” in West Kelowna where he received wonderfully compassionate care until his death.

Throughout his life as son, husband, father, friend, volunteer he gave generously of his energy and commitment to all.

Prayer service will be held on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm with a Funeral Mass being held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:30 am both at Our Lady of Lourdes, 2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC. Cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kelowna General Hospital Foundation or Our Lady of Lourdes School.

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Prayer Service
Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

Our Lady of Lourdes

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The prayer service for VAN DE VYVERE, Jules Rocee is scheduled for Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm at located at 2547 Hebert Road , West Kelowna, BC .

The service for VAN DE VYVERE, Jules Rocee is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:30 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Our Lady of Lourdes

2547 Hebert Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • carole levesque says:

    Sending warm thoughts and prayers to Bert, Peggy and family. Hugs, Carole

  • Karen Damen (nee Alsop) says:

    May the family be encouraged and share good times together as you Celebrate the life of your wonderful, Husband, Father, Grand-Father, Jules Van de Vyvere. My memorable Uncle, whose keen eye I remember. He was a wise man. Condolences to your families. Sincerely, Andy & Karen Damen

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