We Remember

WEIDMAN, Dennis Allan

January 24, 1941 — March 17, 2023

Dennis Allan Weidman was a man with a great laugh and a zest for life who loved his friends and family well.  He was welcomed into Heaven on March 17, 2023, after complications from a heart attack and stroke.

Dennis was born to Henry and Helen Weidman in Olds, Alberta. He had five cherished older siblings: Vernon/Doris, Melvin/Gladys, Delores/Richard, Gordon/Joyce, and Rosemary/Gordon. When he was sixteen, employment at the local butcher shop resulted in the loss of his fingers on his right hand. His positivity overcame the disability, and it often became the source of a chuckle and conversation. After high school, he was employed by Honeywell (helped with the construction of the Calgary Tower), and met a pretty nursing school graduate named Arlene Vikse, whom he quickly asked to marry.  They bought their first home together in Calgary and soon welcomed their two children, Lynnette and Randy.  After a short transfer to Edmonton, Dennis was then transferred to Vancouver, where the family made many cherished friends through church and neighbourhood connections.  Family vacations were spent camping and touring throughout the western provinces and states until the skiing bug bit, and he built a family cabin at Mt. Baker; friends and family gathered all year round to enjoy the beauty of the area and the amazing Weidman hospitality.

After 28 years of employment at Honeywell, Dennis took a management position in Building Services at BC Building Corporation, where he designed many money-saving projects in the court offices and buildings in downtown Vancouver. If you have ever skated in the rink there, you can thank Dennis for this!  Dennis was a recreational hockey player and continued to play in a drop-in league until reaching his 70s.

Dennis and Arlene then decided to move to Kelowna. They spent a very cold year and a half building their beautiful home overlooking the lake. They welcomed beloved grandchildren into their lives, Nolan, Andrew, Bethany, and Kyle, helping with homework, projects, and attending many concerts and sporting events. Dennis also took on various woodworking projects, including building the Chancellor’s Chair and other specialty pieces for the University of British Columbia Okanagan. They were able to travel extensively, including several winters in Arizona, and trips/cruises to Australia, Panama, and Europe. One of Dennis’ dreams was to own an antique car. His purchase of a 1965 Thunderbird also led them to join a Thunderbird Car Club, which brought him much joy with the friendships established there.

If something needed to be fixed, Dennis would figure it out, no matter how difficult the challenge. He single-handedly placed every stone in every stone wall on their property, hand mixed and poured cement for all their concrete work and setup every timer.  While he loved spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, and travelling, he was also extremely competent with computers and paperwork. Many woodworking or renovation projects are evident in his and his family and friends’ homes. This last year, he even turned his efforts towards the culinary arts, creating a special meal for Arlene every Sunday.

Dennis’s prayers always expressed faith in God’s goodness and gratitude for his blessings in life. He taught his children and grandchildren to have faith, think critically, be kind, and work hard, using resources wisely. He dearly loved his wife Arlene and the life they had made together, laughing often, and giving generously his time and resources to help others. He will be greatly missed until we meet him again in Heaven.

Dennis leaves behind his beloved wife of 58 years, Arlene; his daughter Lynnette and Dwight Field; and son Randy and Deanna Weidman; as well as grandchildren Nolan & Grace Weidman, Andrew & Madeline Field, Bethany Weidman, and Kyle Field; along with great-grandchildren Kenzie and 2 more baby boys due early this summer.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Vernon/Doris, Melvin, Delores, Gordon and his first wife Leona, along with many other friends and family.

The Celebration of Life service will be held on FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023, at 1:30 PM (PST), at GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH, 1150 Glenmore Dr. Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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