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John Alexander Stephen

November 22, 1955 - January 18, 2021


John Alexander Stephen passed peacefully away January 18, 2021 at the age of 65.  Born November 22, 1955 in Kelowna General hospital to Maurice and Anna Stephen of Oyama. 
John is survived by his wife Lee Ann of 20 years, her 3 children; Melanie, Michael and Miguelito, his 2 children Michelle (Tim) and Chris,  his four siblings; Roger (Sandra), Grant (Barb), Susan (Vern) and Judith (Gerald). As well as 7 grandchildren.
John worked for AG Appel in Kelowna for many years, starting out driving a truck and then eventually becoming superintendent. He described this as specializing in big machinery and dirt removal. He enjoyed his work and was well respected by others.  In the words of a friend,"I remember him as one of the more special people I have met in my work.  I truly enjoyed his company, his easy-going nature and laugh. He was sincerely One of the Good Ones". In his free time he was up for any adventure; Enjoying his Willy's Jeep, riding his quad, biking, hiking, going on road trips, and visiting Halcyon Hot Springs. When kayaking on the ocean he felt lucky to have kayaked among the grey whales near Tofino and the Orcas near Telegraph Cove. And he loved music, teaching himself to sing and play guitar.   Some of John's fondest memories are times spent at the family cabin at Mabel Lake. He loved to be by the water. Many hours were spent drifting around Mabel fishing or just enjoying being in his boat.  He loved to lay on the beach at night and watch the stars, enjoying the peace and quiet.  But also, not one to miss a good fire and a beer with friends and family too.  His long battle with Dementia was tough on him and his loved ones. The one thing he could always do was walk and so we walked until the end. May you be happy and free again John! John will be missed immensely by those who loved him and will be remembered fondly by many friends, as well as his nieces and nephews who laughed with and loved him!

Thank you to the staff of Village of Mill Creek and the Brookhaven CBD unit who supported John during his time there. 


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From: Lisa Caruso

I’m so sad to read this.  I met John in 1997 when I moved to Kelowna and started working at AG Appel.  He was a great friend to me and I’ll remember him always for his kindness, generosity and that laugh.  I hadn’t seen or talked to him in many years but I thought of him often and hoped that he was going to be ok.  I’m so sorry to his family & everyone that loved him.  I hope he’s resting peacefully on a boat, drinking a beer & playing a game of crib ~ xoxo

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