November 18, 2020
On Tuesday November 18, 2020 we lost one of the good ones. It is with great sadness to announce that Darryl Ronald Durkee at the age of 82 passed away peacefully at home with family and his million dollar view.
Darryl will be forever remembered by his children as a kind and loving Father; Nona Jolly (Martyn), Lynn Durkee (Laverne), Wayne Durkee. Darryl will be dearly missed and is survived by his Mother Georgie 103 and Sister Ann (David) of Yarmouth Nova Scotia.
Darryl was so proud of and leaves behind 6 Grandchildren : Mitchell (Robyn), Lyndsay, Jordyn (Brian), Ryan (Nicole), Miranda (Scott), Ricki-Lee (Dwayne). Poppa made them all feel loved.
They enjoyed listening to his stories from the past and were warmed by his infectious smile. Darryl’s sense of humour made them all laugh. He was a ONE OF A KIND guy and they knew how lucky they were to have him as their Poppa. Pops cherished time with his 10 Great-Grandchildren and will also be sadly missed by his two Nephews from Prince George.
Darryl was predeceased by his children’s Mother Sharon and his Father Clarence Durkee.
Darryl was born in Yarmouth Town, Nova Scotia and had many adventures; he was a bush pilot, a stock car driver and a commercial fisherman. He started his career as an auto body repairman in Nova Scotia and in 1962 Darryl moved the family across Canada to begin their life in BC.
Darryl worked for 58 years as an Auto body repairman in Sicamous and then Salmon Arm. Darryl never missed a chance to genuinely talk to people wherever he went. His travels always took a little longer because he would take the time to listen and share stories with everyone.
Darryl had many fishing/hunting and lifelong friends, the family would like to pay a special tribute to Tom his best hunting/fishing buddy but most of all FRIEND for the last 20 years you were always there for Dad, Thank-you and from your words Tom, “Tight lines and straight shooting old friend, til we meet again”.
To say Darryl was a great Dad is an understatement. He was a hard working man but most importantly spent time with his family. He always handled any kind of adversity or obstacle that life would throw his way.
He showed us that you could accomplish anything with hard work and the support of family, an extra sprinkle of sugar always helped too. His love, his patience, his wisdom and of course his sense of humour will live on….. inside us all forever.
The hardest thing will be learning to live without him.
We are appreciative of the kindness shown by Dave Wallensteen (Bowers) during these difficult times.
The family would like to send a special Thank You to Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Mckeough for their exceptional care and compassion for our Dad.
Online condolences may be sent to the Durkee family through Darryl’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
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