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Ken passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the age of 65. He leaves behind his loving wife of almost 45 years, Gwen Harvie; daughters Shannon Harvie (James McNeice) and Margaret (Chris) Werry; grandchildren Conner, Taylor, Jaxson, Finnley, and Brielle Werry, and Brogan and Kenna McNeice; sister Eileen Galarneau; brothers Alex Harvie and David Harvie.
Ken was raised on the orchards of East Kelowna, BC and returned to raise his own family there after working as an Assistant Forest Ranger with the BC Forest Service. In addition to his career as an orchardist, he served the South East Kelowna community as a member, and later as Chief, of the South East Kelowna (Station 7) Fire Department and as a long-time member of the SEKID board. He took great joy in camping and boating with family, was a motorcyclist and snowmobiler, and after his retirement in 2017 traveled, with his wife, in his fifth wheel trailer. He was grateful for the kindness and professionalism of his doctors, nurses and extended health team, who were a great support for him and his family. In particular, the nurses at the Central Okanagan Hospice House were a tremendous support to Ken and his family.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at 1:00 pm, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, www.cancer.ca and the Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA), hospicecoha.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/harvie-ken/
Condolence Messages
  • Aug 07, 2019
    Gwen and Family...I was very sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He was a wonderful man and I thought the world of him. I know that there is little I can say to console you but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this tragic time.
    Shann Esovoloff
  • Aug 07, 2019
    Gwen and family,
    So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. The Southeast Kelowna community will miss him for his participation and caring of the people around him.
    Frits Verkerk & Laurie Chapman
  • Aug 06, 2019
    Saddened to hear of Ken's passing, he was a dedicated member of our Fire Department.
    Tim Light
  • Aug 06, 2019
    wen & family,
    I knew Ken through snowmobiling up at the Graystokes. Ken always had a great attitude and took us on some great rides over the years.
    On behalf of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club; Ken will be sorely missed.
  • Aug 05, 2019
    Gwen & family: I was so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I knew Ken through the Fire Department & worked closely with him for many years. His passion for the department made a difference- he will be missed. Sincerely Gene Fischer
  • Aug 04, 2019
    So saddened to hear of Ken's passing. Deepest condolences to the Harvey family and to his many close friends.
    Dave Leimert
  • Aug 04, 2019
    Gwen and family, we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Richard and Jacqui Bullock
  • Aug 03, 2019
    Gwen, Marg, Shannon and the whole family, we are so sorry for your loss. We didn't know Ken well, but knowing you ladies and your kids, he was an amazing man who raised people I am so fortunate to call friends.
    Much love, hugs and support,
    Kumiko, Justin, Eli and Liam Bruckal
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Dear Gwen and family.We were saddened to hear of Ken's passing.Our deepest condolences to you all.Ken was a hard working individual and now may He Rest In Peace/Our thoughts and Prayers are with you.
    Nick and Arlene Papov.
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Gwen and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to all of you at this difficult time.
    David and Kathy Bullach
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Dear Gwen, Shannon and Marg:
    Please accept my condolences for your huge loss. You don't know me, because I was Ken's close friend from Grade 1 up to Grade 4 when we moved across the Mission Creek ravine that seemed so far then. I saw him a few times when he was in his 20's and he was building a career. I'm sure he will be missed so much by everyone and especially you, his immediate family. The ravine he has crossed now is so much wider but I know he's still there. He was such a down-to-earth friend who always smiled. His mom was our teacher. For a while they felt almost like family when I would go over and visit.
    Please accept the Gevers' condolences to the Harvie family in this time of losing a great man.
  • Aug 02, 2019
    Dear Gwen and family, we were so shocked upon hearing about Ken's passing. I first met Ken when we were both on the S.E.K.I.D. board at the same time, Ken was always so friendly and helpful. I know Rudy knew him for years as a fellow Orchardist. He was a great person and certainly will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all,
    Rudy and Hazel Ziegler
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen and family, so sorry to hear of Ken's passing, he was a true native of East Kelowna. Lived, worked and loved the community.
    Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Gerti and Phil Bachmann
  • Aug 01, 2019
    My warmest condolence goes out to all the family. Ken's passing is such a loss to his family & many friends. Savour your memories.
    Liz Borrett
  • Aug 01, 2019
    So sorry to read of your loss. It's all too real.
    May you be lifted and held with love. My heart is with you all, Marg
    Robyn (McAuley) Cassan
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen and family - we are very sorry to hear of your loss and send sincere and heartfelt condolences. Gundie and Ken Volk
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Shannon, Marg and Gwen and all of your family,
    Shannon, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of extreme loss. Know that I think of you often. I'm shocked and saddened to hear about your dad's passing. Let me know if I can do anything for you or your family. I'm working at Daycare Connections again.
    Sending much love and hugs to you and your family. Cindy Menghini
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen, Shannon, and Marg,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Gwen, you and Ken have been such great friends to our parents, and such a comfort to mom when our dad passed. Please know you are in our hearts and we are here for you if you need anything.
    Naomi Kleinschmidt
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen and family,
    Sincere condolences. We are shocked by Ken's sudden passing and we are reminded that our hold on this life is very tenuous. Ken has always been a pillar of support for the community. We were introduced to Ken and family through SEKVFD and fondly remember Ken for his tireless activities as Fire Chief for this area, always putting the community first and instilling this philosophy on its members.
    Barry and Heather Klinger
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen, Shannon, Marg, Eileen, Alex and David;
    I send sincere condolences, Ken was an excellent example of a community man. As Trustee at the local water purveyor for 23 years, he was always making decisions with the grower community in mind. He never took the easy choice, always the correct one, and as Trustee and Chairman he led by example. We would do well in society with a few more men like Ken. Cherish the memories, and hug each other often.
    David Stirling
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen and family, our thoughts are with you on this sad chapter in your life. Ken was a great man and will be missed by all that knew him.
    Ken and Shirley Tompkins
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen and Family,
    Please accept KFD's sincere condolences on Ken's recent passing. Ken was a true leader in the community and gave so much back to the fire service in which he had a true passion for and supported his members and the public every minute of every hour.
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Ken was a passionate person for East Kelowna and he made the whole City a better place to live.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Our sincere condolences. I always enjoyed talking with Ken when I worked for SEKID.
    Aaron & Kathy Kunstar
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Our heartfelt condolences, our thoughts are with you.
    The Jaschinsky family
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen, Shannon and Marg,
    Jim and I wish to send you our deepest sympathy. We remember good times at the firehall and during ball games. May you find peace soon.
    Jim and Lee Cannell
    Delaney Cannell
  • Aug 01, 2019
    Gwen and family,
    Very sorry to hear about the loss of Ken Our sincere condolences.
    Rick and Sherilyn Given
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Dear Gwen & Family,
    We were shocked to hear of Ken's passing away. I so appreciated Ken for the great man he was and his dedication to the East Kelowna community. Not only a hard working orchardist for many years but he gave selflessly to East Kelowna Fire Dept. for so many years and so importantly as a Trustee of the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. All of these which made up and built our community in East Kelowna. Thank you Ken for all you did...we are truly grateful.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
    Jo-Ann and Rob Redlich
  • Jul 31, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. Stay strong as a family and love will get you through this difficult time. Laura Zabowski
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Gwen, Shannon and James. Such a sudden loss of a great Father, Grandfather, Husband and friend to many. He was a man of many talents with a big heart. I always enjoyed the stories Gwen would tell me about Ken's life as a younger man. He will be truly missed.
    Doug Wittich
  • Jul 31, 2019
    I'm so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I knew Ken for a number of years through KFD and had the utmost respect for him and his opinion. He was a good man and an asset to the department. He made a difference.
    Lou Wilde
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Gwen and family we are sorry to read of Ken's passing, please accept our deepest condolences.
    Sherry and Paul Spoljaric
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Gwen, Shannon, and Marg
    Please accept my deepest sympathies for Ken, I always remembered him fondly
    Nikki Kleinschmidt
  • Jul 31, 2019
    The McNeice family extends our heartfelt support & love to all of the Harvie clan especially Gwen, Shannon, & Marg who have lost their Husband & Father. We can only offer Support & Sympathy during this time of Grief. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you & your Family.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Gwen and family, we were so saddened on reading of Ken's passing. Ken was always a friendly face whether meeting while out shopping, on the boat wharf or at a community function. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Betty and Norm Coe
  • Jul 31, 2019
    Gwen and family my heart is saddened to hear this news.The loss of Ken will be a blow to so many people but please know that our sympathy is with your family.
    From a old snowmobile friend to another Ride on.
    Ken Churchman