It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Larry Callens on August 9, 2017; husband and best friend, dad, grandfather, uncle and a friend to all who knew him. Larry was a generous and compassionate man who made each life he touched a better one.
Larry was born July 28, 1939 in Enderby, British Columbia to parents retired Corporal Jules “Cally” and Madge Callens. Following in his fathers footsteps, Larry joined the RCMP in December 1957 and completed an exceptional 35 year career in service to Canada, retiring at the rank of Chief Superintendent in July 1993.
On a blind date in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan in 1960, Larry met the love of his life, Alice, and they were married on April 21, 1961. They welcomed a son Craig in 1963 and a daughter, Kim, in 1968. Larry’s career took them from Saskatchewan to Ottawa, to Regina, to Yellowknife and then finally to Winnipeg. Larry and Alice retired to the farm in Mara, BC where they enjoyed working together side by side and shared in many family gatherings with those who were dearest to them.
Survived by his wife and best friend Alice, son, retired Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens (Sergeant Joanne Callens), daughter Kim Jacobs (Mike), grandchildren Constable Courtney Callens, Constable Taylor Callens, Brandon Jacobs and Erin Jacobs, brother retired Staff Sergeant Ian (Marg) Callens and sister Jeanne (Rick) Garner as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.
In the days to come we will all take comfort in knowing Larry, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, loved us unconditionally and spent a lifetime being our role model and providing us with wise counsel along the way. He will always be missed, never forgotten and forever loved.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday August 16th, 1:00pm at the Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Larry’s memory.
On line condolences may be sent to Larry’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.