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GUNOFF, Richard Alexander (Dick)

GUNOFF, Richard Alexander (Dick)

June 22nd, 1926 – November 14th, 2021 (Age 95 years)
June 22nd, 1926, D’arcy Saskatchewan
November 14th, 2021, Kelowna, British Columbia

GUNOFF, Richard Alexander (Dick) – Passed away peacefully at Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna, B.C. on Sunday November 14th, 2021, at the age of 95.
Richard is survived by his Best Friend and Loving Wife of 69 years, Maxine Winona Gunoff.

Children; Marla, Clark (Rose), Brent, Jana (Ron). Grandchildren; Jesse, James, Erin, Lisa, Wade, Cody, Courtney, Kyle (Julie), Tyler (Tori), Sydney (Sean). Great Grandchildren; Mason, Hannah, Luke, Harlyn, Henry. Sisters: Bessie, Silvia (Nelson), Thelma. Sister-in-law; Trudy

Richard was predeceased by his parents Alexander and Nettie Gunoff. Brother; Gordon Gunoff. Sister in laws; Karen McDonald, Lorraine Greene. Brother in laws; Grant Dunn, Ray Inkster, Merve Greene.

Dick was born on a farm in D’Arcy Saskatchewan, June 22nd, 1926. He went to public and high school in D’Arcy and joined the army in February 1944. He returned to Kindersley Saskatchewan after the war and trained in photography and owned his own photo studio.

He married the “love of his life” Maxine Winona MacDonald on July 30th, 1952. They then moved to Santa Barbara California, USA and enrolled into the Brooks Institute of Photography, Motion Picture & Television Production from 1956-57. He worked as a camera man for Walter Perkins Films (which was a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Productions) on two films; “The Pigeon that Worked a Miracle,” shown in 1958, and then in Joshua Tree California on “The Wild Burro of the West” shown in 1960.

They moved back to Kindersley Saskatchewan, then commuted back and forth to Ontario working for the National Film Board. He then worked as System Manager for Midwest Antenna Systems Ltd. and Producer for MAS-TV a closed-circuit television studio.

In early 1963 they moved to Kelowna where he managed the new Mid-West Antenna Company which later changed to Black Knight Cablevision, then later changed to Kelowna Cable, then Shaw Cable.

The Okanagan Valley was a beautiful spot to raise a family and Kelowna was a small community at the time.

Dick spent his early years in Kelowna volunteering and sharing his lighting expertise for many musical theatres shows and plays at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

He was involved in the Kelowna International Regatta for many years, and in 1969 he was Director General. During the Regatta years, the first Regatta float was built and Dick and his family travelled to different cities for their festivals to show off the Regatta Float.
Dick retired from cable TV in 1984. He was then offered a job as Regional Coroner in 1985 to 1997.
After 12 years, he decided to fully retire at the age of 71 years.

He was also heavily involved in the Kelowna-Veendam Sister City Association with taking veterans over to Veendam Holland until 2015.
Dick was with the Sloan Light Infantry 1944 – 1947, then after the war he transferred to the BCD’s (British Columbia Dragoons) for 34 years.
Dick was in the reserve army from 1953 until 1983 holding the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major. He was also with the RCMP Auxiliary from 1975 – 1985 as well as a long-standing member of the Kelowna Legion #26.

Dick was well known and always respected in his community. He was a diligent worker and always performed every task to the fullest.
Dick and Maxine along with his sister in law and brother in law formed a family band and spent many years entertaining the seniors in many care homes in Kelowna. Dick was the guitar player of the group.

Dick contracted covid in December of 2020 and was admitted to Kelowna General Hospital for care which eventually led him to needing long term care at Cottonwoods Care Center.

On November 14th, 2021, at 12:40am, Dick passed away peacefully with family by his side.

He was loved dearly by his family and friends. His kind heart and warm smile will be forever missed.

The family would like to thank the Covid unit at KGH and all the staff at Cottonwoods Short Care and Long-Term Care for their care and compassion for Dick.

A Celebration of Dick’s Life will be held on Saturday, November 27th, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Due to Covid restrictions the family is asking that attendees will have to show proof of vaccination and government issues photo in order to attend the services, wear a mask, as attendance will be limited, if you wish to attend please email [email protected]

The service will also be livestreamed for those that cannot attend by going to the funeral home site at www.firstmemorialfuneralkelownma.com, where you can also leave a condolence for the family if you wish.

Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299

Link: www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com
Condolence Messages
  • Nov 26, 2021
    Dear Maxime and family.
    From Veendam the Netherlands, my sincere condolences.
    Dick played an important role in the sister-city relationship between Veendam and Kelowna.
    He was an inspiring person for me personal and all of the Veendam-Kelowna exchange students.
    During his last visit to Veendam Dick symbolic handed over his BC Dragoons-beret to Dutch student Steijn. A memorable and emotional moment.
    He will never be forgotten.
    Henk Wieger Walburg
  • Nov 25, 2021
    Clark - sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He had quite a life. Our sincere condolences to you all.
    Greg & Lesley Sauer
  • Nov 21, 2021
    Clark, Marla, Brent and Jenna. I was very sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. I have many fond memories of our time together, growing up, in Glenmore. Your dad was always very friendly to us kids and I recall him always being happy. He certainly gave back to the community of Kelowna in many ways and we are all fortunate that he shared his many skills. Rest in peace. Malcolm Leitch.
  • Nov 20, 2021
    Maxine & family, we're very sorry to hear about Dick's passing. He always had such a can-do attitude and friendly approach to life and people! We were all fortunate to have his leadership and optimism to guide us! He will be missed!! Our thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Carl Stef & Marg Brooks
  • Nov 20, 2021
    Dearest Maxine and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a fabulous man with a great sense of humour. He took all our wedding pictures and we cherish them all:) We enjoyed the many times visiting Maxine and Dick over the past 40 years. He will live on in our hearts ?? and Memories.
    Love Marlene & John Moncrieff
    Our deepest Condolences Maxine & Family. We think abut you at this time. Take care. Dick was a good man and will be missed.
    Jan & Pete Hodge
  • Nov 20, 2021
    Dear Maxine and family,
    My sincere condolences on the passing of Dick. I have many super memories of times I got to spend with you and Will and Pearl. Lynne Pettman
  • Nov 19, 2021
    Maxine and Family
    I was so very sorry to hear that Dick had passed away. We lived across the street briefly in Glen Meadows and Ron and I were
    entertained by their music more than once. Dick always had an interesting story to tell. He will be sorely missed.
    Wendy Waller
    Wendy Waller
  • Nov 19, 2021
    To the Gunoff Clan,
    I do so feel for you losing Dick. I knew him through his years with the Coroner's Office.
    A solid guy & a true gentleman! Forever remembered.
    Chico Newell
  • Nov 19, 2021
    Condolences of course. But we prefer to congratulate Dick on his achievement of a long and well-lived life. While family and friends will miss him we are happy to have known him. Hugs to Maxine and all the kids.
    Warren and Shirley Sadler.
  • Nov 19, 2021
    So sad to hear of Dick's passing. I always enjoyed our visits, even though they were few and far between. Entertaining stories and Maxine's good eats were always something to look forward to.
    My thoughts are with you all, especially Maxine, during this difficult time.
    Debbie Klassen (Sadler)
  • Nov 19, 2021
    So sorry to hear about Dick. Condolences to the entire family, friends and former colleagues.
    Chris and Councillor Maxine DeHart
  • Nov 19, 2021
    To the Gunoff Family
    I met Dick over 30 years ago when he would come in to my restaurant on Bernard Ave. Always that signature smile and a few good laughs were had. Over the years when I ran into Dick we would chat, reminisce and clearly have some chuckles. It was always such a pleasure to see him and I felt inspired and happy for seeing him.
    A life well lived and a legacy of love for his family and friends.
    Tina Vigilante
  • Nov 19, 2021
    My sincere condolences to Maxine and family. I worked for Mr. Gunoff in the late seventies, early eighties at Kelowna Cable. Even after I left and would run into him in the community I always referred to him as Mr. Gunoff. He was a great boss and always smiling. Rest in peace.
    Lora Pires
  • Nov 18, 2021
    Dear Maxine and all the family. So very sorry to hear of Dick passing. Another leaf
    off the tree, and we are all better people because of knowing him. From the early
    days in Saskatchewan up to the present Dick, as well as all the family were often spoke of and respected as good friends of my parents and family in general. Dick always had a story or joke to tell and was so easy to visit. Please know we are all thinking of you and sharing your sorrow. I feel humbled to call Dick a friend.
    Rick Buchanan and family.
  • Nov 18, 2021
    Dear Maxine & families. I've missed se ing you and Richard @ NW since you moved from here. May Richard Rest is Peace and may you & ALL his loved ones be comforted by fond memories as you cope with your loss.
    Betty Yarrow
  • Nov 18, 2021
    Sorry to see that your Dad passed away. Our sincere condolences. Doc and Lori Isaac.
  • Nov 18, 2021
    Dick was our wonderful across the street neighbor in Glenmeadows who helped us out numerous times over the years.
    He had an active and interesting life, always ready with a great story!
    Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He will be missed!
    Wally and Naida Palfrey
  • Nov 18, 2021
    Our family is so sorry for Dicks passing. Our Mom Betty(Jack) Freeman became friends with Maxine and Dick in Glenmeadows; their friendship with Betty continued in Northwood where they enjoyed each other’s company during meals, happy hours and games! As a family we enjoyed our time with Maxjne and Dick at many Glenmeadows and Northwood events. Dicks smiling eyes will never be forgotten. Sincere condolences Betty, Perry,Jackie and Ginny
  • Nov 18, 2021
    It is with such sadness that I learn of Dick's passing. I worked with Dick as Office Mgr in the local coroner's office during his tenure there.
    I knew Dick to be a true gentleman, a savy dresser, he had a great sense of humor, and he had a big heart. Reading about his lifetime accomplishments is so very impressive, makes you understand why he gave everything he had to everything he did. Good on ya Dick.
    I feel truly honored to have met, worked with, and have known Dick. I will miss him. A great soul in a great man.
    I send my condolences to Maxine, Marla, Clark, Brent, Jana, and their families. Dick is gone, but he will never be forgotten.
    Debbie Smart
  • Nov 18, 2021
    So sorry to hear this Rose and family. My condolences are with you
    Susan Cook
  • Nov 17, 2021
    My sincere and deepest condolences to the Gunoff family on the loss of a dear husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. I first met Mr. and Mrs. Gunoff many years ago, through my late parents Jim and Wilma Hayes. Dad and Mr. Gunoff were both very dedicated to the local BCDs regiment (and all things military), the Kelowna International Regatta and were also involved with various local musical productions. I always enjoyed talking with Mr. Gunoff -- as a friend of my parents, I could not ever call him by his given name -- and I remember him for his kindness and involvement in so many aspects of his community. His warm smile was his trademark. Thank you, Mr. Gunoff, for serving your country and your community, in so many ways. And thank you, too, to the Gunoff family for sharing this fine man with us. He will be sorely missed.
    Bob Hayes
  • Nov 17, 2021
    Sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences. Best RSM I ever knew. He was a fair level headed good guy.
    Walter Haiworonsky
  • Nov 17, 2021
    My condolences to the family.
    Another Kelowna icon gone.
    I remember Dick from the Regatta years, he was like Mr Kelowna
    in his captains hat.
    Mike Fredrickson
  • Nov 17, 2021
    It is with sorrow that I read of Dick's passing. He was one of the first people that I met when I got transfered to Kelowna Detchment in 1980. Super guy and enjoyed working with him. RIP Dick knowing that you fulfilled your dreams.
    Don and Connie Urquhart
  • Nov 17, 2021
    Loved him so much ! The Kindest most wonderful man!! We have been together 58 years .. through the fun and laughter ! He was always so positive, his personality lit up the room where ever he was ! His generosity and charitable compassion was know everywhere he went.. he was dedicated to his family and the community he helped build! Will be thinking of you my role model in life Dickie! When and angel pops her nose in your ear .. will be thinking of you and you of me ! Love you forever !
    MaryJane & Thomas Addison-Kierat
  • Nov 17, 2021
    I always enjoyed chats with Dick. He could always make me smile. So sorry to hear of your loss Maxine.
    Kathleen Wills (nee George)
  • Nov 17, 2021
    Fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Nov 17, 2021
    So sorry for your loss of your wonderful dad and grandfather, Clark and family, he was such a nice man to have a chat with and talk about his exciting life. He was always so proud of you and his grandkids. I would run into him occasionally at Tim Horton's, and I would be say Hi Clark's Dad and the conversation would begin. A true gentleman and a great storyteller. Sending hugs, thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Arlene and Len
  • Nov 17, 2021
    My sincere condolences on Dick’s passing. I have fond memories of his work with several Theatre Kelowna productions.
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