Kelowna reporter Kim Calloway passes away

Well-known Kelowna radio reporter Kim Calloway passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 after battling cancer. He was 69. - FaceBook
Well-known Kelowna radio reporter Kim Calloway passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 after battling cancer. He was 69.
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Long-time Kelowna radio reporter Kim Calloway, who earlier this month announced his retirement after a long and illustrious career that stretched back to the 1960s both here and before that in Vancouver, lost his battle with cancer Thursday.

Calloway, 69, was also an accomplished musician and car enthusiast who was well-known and respected both professionally and for his work with many local causes.

When news of his death broke, messages of sympathy soon flooded social media.

May wrote message of sympathy on Calloway's FaceBook page.

“Very sad news, we have lost a community leader and friend,” wrote Barry Milner.

"Thanks for sharing your songs with us, Kim. Our condolences," wrote Ryan Donn.

This is very sad news indeed. Rest in peace Bro, wrote friend, fellow musician and well-kmown local gardening expert Don Burnett.

Just last week, Calloway announced his engagement to long-time partner Arlene McClelland.

Calloway worked for several Kelowna radio stations during his 20 years in here, including CKOV and most recently Q-103.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he not only covered all the major news stories of the last 50 years, he also acted as a teacher to the many young reporters he worked with over the years.

"I'm still in shock," said fellow local writer Darcy Nybo on Calloway's FaceBook page. "Such a loss to our community and to the lives of those he touched."

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