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CHALMERS, Larry

CHALMERS, Larry

On May 2, Larry Chalmers passed away at the age of 68. Larry will be dearly missed by his family and the community of friends that surrounded him. He was warm and generous with an infectious sense of humour. He believed deeply in serving his community, including as past President of the Okanagan Mainland Real Estate Board, past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, former Chair of the Economic Development Commission, and represented the Okanagan as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Larry’s commitment to his community and province was propelled by his profound love for his daughters, who he considered the most treasured part of his life.

Larry was a masterful watermelon cuber, world’s best trampoline double-bouncer, the most reliable moving company two daughters could ask for, and the keenest observer of people and politics this province has seen. Larry found a love of motorcycles, travelling extensively on his Gold Wing, and serving as Chapter Director of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.

Larry is survived by his loving daughters Jennifer (Tim) and Nicole; his former wife and friend Rosalie and his brother Hugh (Sue), brothers- and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. As per his request there will be no funeral.

Join us for a celebration of life at the Laurel Packing House on Saturday, June 8 at 2pm.

Please feel free to send us a note at [email protected]

Thank you,

Jennifer and Nicole

Where: Laurel Packing House
1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna

When: June 8 at 2pm


Condolence Messages
  • Jun 01, 2013
    On behalf of the team at Kelowna Honda Powerhouse it saddens us to recently hear about the passing of Larry. He was a very loyal customer and great person overall. He helped us to greatly grow our Goldwing customer base and we are forever grateful. Ride In Peace Larry!
    Our condolences to the Chalmers family. Remember the good times and always smile!
  • May 14, 2013
    Dear Rosalie and "Larry's girls: please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. I have known Larry since I was six, and always found him
    to be honest, sincere, and always interested in what others were doing.
    We will always cherish the impromptu visits we had at the "D-Q", Save-on or just bumping into each other on the street.
    Rick and Jeanne Garner.
  • May 13, 2013
    We are so sorry to hear about Larry's passing.
    Accept our deepest sympathy to ALL the family. He will be missed as he leaves a void in our community! He served us well!
    Chris/Ernie Thatcher
  • May 12, 2013
    I, as well, am a cousin from Ontario and I'm going to miss you Larry. He was a great guy, I have many fond memories of him growing up. Big hugs to Jenny and Nikki, cherish all the good memories with your dad, I know you will miss him too. Big hugs to Rosalie as well, my thoughts are with you. And to Hugh and Sue - hugs, cherish all the good times, remember all the wonderful trips you had together to Nashville, etc. We love you all dearly and are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Doug, Joy, Rebecca, Amber, Jason, Harmony
  • May 10, 2013
    We got to know Larry along with his infectious smile and sense of humor at our morning coffee at Fezziwig's. The mornings will now be incomplete without him at his table, pen poised over his morning Sudoku puzzle, coffee in hand. We will miss you, friend; enjoy your eternal ride through the universe.
    Mélodie & Steve McNicol
  • May 09, 2013
    Rosalie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Larry. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Ron and Thelma White
  • May 08, 2013
    Thinking of you, Jen & Nicole at this sad time. He was far too young to leave. Sending love & hugs.
    Pauline
  • May 08, 2013
    I got to know Larry as he came in every day for his morning coffee and did his crossword puzzles. He became a friend to all he met. There was much laughter as he told his stories and he will be sincerely missed by me and all the girls at Fezziwigs. So long "Motorbike Larry"!
    Colin Broomfield
  • May 07, 2013
    He was "A Prince of a Guy". I met Larry and Rosalie on my birthday 31 Jan 1967 when he and Rosalie with a group of friends, came to our basement suite in Rutland to welcome us as New Canadians. Larry has been a true friend over the entire 46 years never judging and always giving! So many happy memories tumble through my mind Pear Lake Cabin, Crawford Rd. Rodeo, Enderby Canoe Races, and oh so many more!
    Larry touched everyone he met but I don't think he new how much - we will all miss him and above all are thinking of Rosalie, Jennifer & Nicole.
    Now for a glass of his favourite tipple, a very stiff ice cold "Rusty Nail" - Cheers my friend you were like a brother to me and I will miss you so!
    Our most sincere condolences.
    Tom & Dian Thornton
    1580 Marine Circle Parksville BC
    250 594 4326
  • May 07, 2013
    Rosalie,
    We are so sad to hear of your loss - it must be a very difficult time for you and your daughters. Larry was such a truly nice person to socialize with - our sincerest condolences to you and your family during this sad time.
    Sincerely, Phyllis & Dennis
  • May 07, 2013
    My condolences to Larry's family, especially, Jenny, Nicole and Rosalie. I have many fond memories or our time together in the 60's, 70's and early 80's, as business partners, friends and neighbours. I especially remember the horseback rides together with the gang of "hope to be cowboys" during the Pear Lake overnight rides, among others. It is unfortunate that Larry has left us at such a young age, as he would surely have been able to enrich the lives of many more people in Kelowna.
    Bob Lennie
  • May 07, 2013
    My sincere condolences to all of Larry's family. Larry will be forever missed by his friends at the Gold Wing Road Riders. Although he took up riding late in life he enjoyed every minute he spent on his red 2003 Goldwing. He always talked about the long trips he made with his friends and especially the ride to New Orleans. Rest in peace Larry. You have earned it.
    Gerry Parrott,
    Past Chapter Director
    GWRRA - BCK
    Kelowna
  • May 06, 2013
    I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. When I moved to Kelowna (in 1980) he was a client of Billie Baker's Notary Public office and one of my first clients as I started my Paralegal career. He was always kind and friendly and always remembered me even after all those years. Some people stick in your mind forever and Larry was one of them. Keep his memory close to your heart.
    Sincerely, Kacy Renneberg (formerly Hrycan)
  • May 06, 2013
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We send thoughts of peace and courage during this time.
    Marjory Brown (McBurney) and family
  • May 06, 2013
    Dear Jen and Nicole:
    Your Dad was one of the nicest men I know. He was always a real gentleman, so kind and considerate. We will miss having him as a spare on our mixed gin nights. He certainly did have a great sense of humour. Look forward to seeing you at his Celebration of Life.
    Love, Linda
  • May 06, 2013
    I am shocked about this sad news. Just had a nice visit with Larry at the premier's visit to Kelowna last week at the Capri. Larry was a fine caring man. When he was Minister of Agriculture for BC the BC fruit growers had a number of personal meetings with him related to BC fruit industry issues. He took our Association seriously and helped as much as he could! He will be missed.
    Gerald Geen
  • May 06, 2013
    Rosalie & your girls:
    As you know, Larry was one of the first people we became friends with over 45 years ago, early in our years in Kelowna. We share many happy memories from those old days, and extend our most heart-felt condolences to you and all of your family.
    Darryl & Shary Ruff
  • May 06, 2013
    I'm saddened to learn of Larry's death. He was always such an amiable and caring man.
    Sandra Vanderwood
  • May 06, 2013
    Jen and Nicole,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending both of you a big hug with wishes for comfort in the days ahead.
    Mickey Patryluk
  • May 06, 2013
    So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was a great cousin and we will miss him. Our deepest sympathy is with all his family who are missing him immensely.
    John & Viola Louko & family
  • May 06, 2013
    I'm so sorry for both of you, and Nicole (sorry don't have email) to lose a loved one. It was great to see the three of you out supporting the Premier less than 2 weeks ago in Kelowna. Your families commitment and support for decades helps make Kelowna such a great community.
    Ruth and I have proudly displayed Larry pictured with us opening "Quails' Gate Estate Winery' in June of 1990. You may not know that as Minister of Agriculture, Larry helped create the conditions for today's success by working to ensure all BC wineries were entitled to "Mark up free direct delivery of VQA wines". This one action shows how an elected official can change the fabric and vitality of not just his community but across the entire province. We are tremendously proud of his and your families contribution to the Okanagan and British Columbia.
    Again our entire family is saddened by your loss.
    Sincerely,
    Ben Stewart
  • May 06, 2013
    Shocked and sorry to hear of Larry's sudden passing. He was my buddy and best friend for over a decade; my best friend for another decade and a good friend these past 20 years or so. I know that you will miss him more than I, but a happy chunk of my life is also gone.
    My best to Jen, Nikki, Hugh and Rosalie.
    Tom
  • May 06, 2013
    Hi: I am a cousin from Saskatchewan. My family would like to send you girls and Hugh our deepest sympathy. My fondest memory of Larry is when Larry would visit the farm and my dad was big bum and Larry was little bum. I know we don't seem to see each other very often but doesn't mean we don't think of you. Take care and our prayers are with you.
    Mary Green and family
  • May 06, 2013
    We have many fond memories of Larry. It was always a pleasure to be in his company. He will be missed by many friends as well as by his family.
    Thinking of you all,
    Doug and Marie Mervyn
  • May 06, 2013
    Larry will be deeply missed by the close community of Real Estate Agents within the Okanagan. He was a consummate professional in his career, respected by his peers and gave back to his profession with his time and expertise. On behalf of the Directors and Staff of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, our condolences to his family for the loss of a great leader.
    Janice Myers, Executive Director
  • May 06, 2013
    I am very sorry to hear about Larry's passing, my condolences are passed on to all family members. I consider Larry as a good friend and one of the best partners that a person could have had. Please advise me of any plans for the celebration of Larry's life.
    Ed Collinson
  • May 06, 2013
    My heartfelt sorrow to the family. Larry was a very sweet man.
    Fay Tracey
  • May 06, 2013
    It was a sad day when I heard of Larry's passing. The years I worked with him at the real estate office were entertaining and full of laughs. He was always very positive, supportive and kind to me. I thought of him often over the years. My thoughts are with his girls and with you Rosalie.
    Sherry Connor (Tapp)
  • May 06, 2013
    To a dear friend whom I have known all my life growing up together. Attending Sunday School, coming out to the farm at Enderby, with his 22 and helping me exterminate the gopher population. Will miss his visits to our home in Kelowna. RIP.
    Raymond Imbeau
  • May 05, 2013
    My deep condolences to family and friends. Larry will be deeply missed as a friend and motorcycle companion.
    Tim
  • May 05, 2013
    Rosalie,
    I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing, I had only met him a few times with "the girls" and he always seemed like so much fun. I know you two had a special relationship and friendship that has gone on successfully through the years. So sad for you and your girls.
    Thinking about you honey,
    HUGS XOXO Susan Marshall
  • May 05, 2013
    Our sincere condolences to Jenn, Nicole and Rosalie. We have many fond memories of Larry, as a parent of two wonderful young ladies who taught him a lot, of an MLA of integrity who represented his constituents in a professional manner and of a person who interacted with everyone in a positive and respectful manner.
    Jim and Chicki Jacques
  • May 05, 2013
    We will miss Larry with his big smile and his big red motorcycle from our 950 Lanfranco complex.
    My love and prayers go out to all the family at this time.
    God Bless you, Beryl Baldeo
  • May 05, 2013
    On behalf of all who knew Larry, who was a past founding member of the Motorcycle Ride For Dad, we pass on our deepest condolences to his entire family and friends. We will miss you and the riding fun you gave us. On behalf of the MRFD Executive. "Happy Riding".
    Bill Sirman Co-Chair: MRFD/Okanagan.
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