Gerald Gordon McConnell

McConnell, Gerald Gordon, passed away on April 29, 2011 in Kelowna, BC at the age of 80. Gerald was born in Ridgedale, Saskatchewan on November 2, 1930. He grew up in the small town of northern Saskatchewan of 1930’s and 40’s radio shows and surrounded by a close knit community of Irish cousins. He joined the Canadian Army at age 16 and served until 1970. He had postings across Canada, in England, in Korea and as part of the UN Emergency Force in the Middle East. Gerry was an exceptional photographer and in 1970 turned his skills to become a special constable with the RCMP until his retirement in 1986. Gerry (with his wife “Sue”) was a keen fisherman both on the West coast and in retirement on many interior lakes. He also enjoyed square dancing (A-2 level), camping and travelling with the “Explorers” RV Club. He volunteered in many organizations including the Knights of Columbus and the Kelowna Respiratory Club. Gerald is survived by his loving wife Madeline (“Sue”), his son James, daughter-in-law Trudy and grandchildren Elizabeth and Thomas. Special Thanks to Dr. L. Wiebe over the years and the staff of Kelowna General Hospital for their support during Gerry’s last week. A Memorial Gathering will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, May 5th at Valleyview Funeral Home, 165 Valleyview Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.mem.com. Arrangements in care of First Memorial Funeral Services, (250) 762-2299.