Our beloved Husband, Dad, Papa, Brother, Uncle and friend, Pieter Kalis passed away at Central Okanagan Hospice House on Friday, October 5, 2018 after a 9-month, well-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Bussum, Holland on August 8, 1946, he emigrated to Canada with this parents and younger sister in 1954. They settled in Winnipeg, MB and, in his late teens, in Victoria, BC. A year or so later, he began his career as an outstanding marine mechanic.
Pieter was a kind, loving man who enjoyed his family, friends and co-workers. He was always ready with a goofy joke and, when asked, was ready and willing to help family, friends and neighbours. He was the consummate “Mr. Fix It.”
He is survived by his loving wife Penny of 38 years, his two beautiful daughters Kirsten Kalis and Nikki (Paul) Dyson, son Lukas and only grandson Seth Kalis. Pieter also leaves behind his sister Ineke (Don) Cameron of Winnipeg MB, nephews Darrin Paley (Elizabeth and Reeves) of New Bern, N.C., Tyzen Paley of Las Vegas, NV, and Grant Paley (Laura and Winter) of Toronto, ON, as well as cousins in Holland, sister-in-law Judy Robinson of Kamloops, BC, nieces Kim Harvey and Tina (John O’Connor) and grandnieces and nephews Devona, Hope, Skyler and Keylan, sister-in-law Joyce Williams (Skip Fuller) of Red Deer, AB and her family, as well as other nieces and nephews in British Columbia and Alberta.
Predeceased by his parents Peter and Alie Kalis in 2001 and 2005 respectively, sister-in-law Ann Burton and brother-in-law Bill Davies.
A memorial celebration of life will be held Sunday, October 14 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC with a reception to follow.
At this time, we wish to thank Dr. Sanjay Rao, Dr. Wall and all the staff at the Kelowna Cancer Centre and Kelowna General Hospital – 4B and our family physician Dr. Nathan Strauss for all their kindnesses and assistance to Pieter. Thank you as well to the Hospice staff for their help and care during his very short stay there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, www.hospicecoha.org or BC Cancer Foundation www.bccancerfoundation.com would be appreciated. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”