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JENNENS, Richard (Rick) W.

JENNENS, Richard (Rick) W.

Rick passed away on January 5, 2018 at the age of 64. Survived by his loving wife Rosanne (nee Morris); daughter Tanya M. (Jonathan “Jon”) Garratt of Kelowna; son Seung Chul T. (Sunny) Jennens of South Korea; grandchildren Callie, Rose, Garratt; sisters Julie L. (Colin) Cruikshank of Kelowna, Sue (Tom) McLean of Kelowna; brother Terry G. Jennens of Kelowna. Predeceased by his father Eric Gordon Jennens in 2010 and his mother Sylvia M. Jennens (nee Hyam) in 2017.

In his youth, Rick and his family travelled to Norway where they researched Viking history and Viking ships. They went on to build an exact replica on the west side of the bridge. It was then returned to Norway where they trained to sail it on the hopes of sailing it back to America.

After a fire in the family home, in Kelowna, Rick became interested in firefighting. He applied in March of 1978 and was accepted into Kelowna Firehall #2 as a paid-on-call firefighter. He went on to become a training officer, then District Chief for paid-on-call at Firehall #1, then Assistant Chief for paid-on-call at Firehall #8 where he was presently stationed. He helped at many house fires, accident scenes, and spent many hours at the 2003 fire. During these years he couldn’t pass up a retired (antique) fire truck and so a collection was started. His first truck was a Kelowna retired 1923 100 ft aerial ladder truck. Nine trucks, plus assorted fire apparatus later, a building was needed and built in 2013.

He was a founding partner of Heartwood Manufacturing (1986), manufacturing and importing office furniture. Memorial service will be held on January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Main Firehall #1, 2255 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2Z6 or BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, 3891 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N9 www.burnfund.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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Condolence Messages
  • Feb 18, 2018
    I am sorry to hear of Rick's passing our condolences to the family, I enjoyed working for Rick at Heartwood. Kelowna has lost a great man.
    Dwight & Barbara Carroll
  • Jan 16, 2018
    To the Jennens family,
    We are sadden buy the news of Rick's passing. Rick was one of the most positive hard working people we have ever known. Our hearts are with you in this very sad time.
    Brad and Betty Beagle
  • Jan 13, 2018
    To the Jennens family, my heartfelt sincere condolences to you on this very sad time. I enjoyed working with Rick for the 3 years that I was able to. Rick taught me so many life lessons and a great work ethic that I am a better person today because of Rick, he will be sorely missed. I had the pleasure of seeing his fire trucks and helping him a little with the fire museum. Roy Butt
  • Jan 12, 2018
    My sincere condolences to the entire Jennens family, I worked for RIck in the early 80's but I have had the pleasure of knowing the entire Jennens family since the seventies. Although I haven't lived in Kelowna for quite some time I will miss knowing that Rick is no longer with us, I have nothing but the greatest respect for him.
    Ken Carter
  • Jan 10, 2018
    To the Jennens family,
    Surprised and sad to hear of Rick's passing. Over almost 40 years, I've crossed paths with Rick and family. He was always a hardworking honest person and strong family man. I respect his memory.
    Pat Bentley
  • Jan 09, 2018
    So sorry to hear about Rick. We were childhood friend. I especially remember the House on the Lake where we spent many hours with Gordon your Dad. We lived at 148 Lake Ave. Julie, Susan, Rick and All Family My Deepest Sympathy.
    John Jefferies
  • Jan 09, 2018
    Rose and Family,
    I am so sorry to read about Rick's passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    Patti and Luciano Burtini
  • Jan 09, 2018
    Dear Jennens and Heartwood families - sending sincere condolences to you during this sad time. I enjoyed working with Rick and being able to make some of his dreams, reality. Thinking of you all.
    Candy Markin
  • Jan 08, 2018
    To the Jennens family. So sorry to hear of Rick's passing. I first met Rick when he and others where trying to get a Fire Fighting Museum up and running. I had the pleasure of working along beside him for almost 3 years and enjoyed every minute though sadly we never got the museum open.
    John Lawrence
  • Jan 08, 2018
    To the Jennens family, so sorry for your loss. Met Rick in the early eighties and did business with him for many years, found him to be a very honorable man and friend.
    Rene Dureault