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RISSO, Lorne

RISSO, Lorne

Lorne was born in Kelowna on October 29, 1943, and attended school here. Picked apples and pears in Casorso Orchards for many summers. Went to Merritt at the age of 16 and lived with his sister and brother-in-law, Myrna and Jim Walker. He worked at the mill there. He married and had two children, Todd and Murray. Due to an unfortunate accident, Murray passed away at age 8.

Lorne met Bev in 1978 and they married on May 23rd, 1981. They built a log house and had a farm on Casorso Road where they grew corn and tomatoes. Lorne worked for Riverside Forest Products (now Tolko) in Merritt for five years, then the Kelowna mill for 32. Lorne loved to go to hockey games and was an avid fisherman making many trips to Port Alberni where they kept their boat. Hunting, fishing and gardening were Lorne’s passion. He shot his first moose two years ago while hunting with friends Jack and Harvey.

After retirement, Lorne and Bev travelled extensively and spent their winters in Wellton, Arizona, where they have made many friends. While there, Lorne and Bev did a lot of exploring on their ATV along with their riding friends. Bev rode on the back on the ‘princess’ seat (go figure) where she gave directions and advice on his speed.

Lorne was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 but he still went fishing that year with Jack, Roy and Harvey, and sometimes Bev. He totally enjoyed speeding down the Port Alberni canal with the wind blowing through his hair.

We are sure that Lorne is totally enjoying joining his friends up there catching the ‘big one’ and telling tall tales about ‘the one that got away’.

Lorne passed away on July 1st, 2018. He leaves behind his wife of 37 years Bev, son Todd, his stepsons Steve and Todd Gray, granddaughter Tricia (Scott), grandson Eli Gaiga and great granddaughter Savannah, brother Bryan Risso (Peggy) of Lumby as well as many friends in Kelowna, Alberta and Arizona. Lorne is predeceased by his son Murray Risso, parents Gundo and Linnea Risso, sister Myrna Walker, his brother Wayne Risso, and his niece Amber Risso.

A celebration of Life will be held on August 4th at 1:00 pm at First Memorial, 1211 Sutherland Avenue. Casual dress is requested. Please make donations to support the purchase of a PET scanner in Kelowna through the of BC Cancer Foundation.


Condolence Messages
  • Jul 18, 2018
    Bev and family, Lorne was a great member of the racquetball bunch. We all had such good times. Judy and I are sorry to see him go but we know how you both enjoyed your time together. Sorry for your loss.
    Gord and Judy Geddes
  • Jul 16, 2018
    To Bev and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Heather McKay.
  • Jul 15, 2018
    Bev and family - Lorne was a good member of our raquetball group for many years.
    A really fine man. He always looked forward to his fishing trips out past port Alberni.
    Mike Fredrickson
  • Jul 15, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Lorne's passing - I purchased horse hay from her for a few years which he always worked so hard at delivering to me - I always enjoyed his visits ....Teresa Gratrix
  • Jul 13, 2018
    I was sad to hear of Lorne's passing as I played racquetball with him and against him for many years. He and I were about equal in ability so we had many games that were always very close in scores. He was a very nice, fair and gentle person. I hope that he gets to play some games up in the heavenly kingdom where he is sure to be. My condolences to you, Bev, and to the rest of the family.
    Len Schafer
  • Jul 13, 2018
    My sincere condolences Bev, I always enjoyed talking with Lorne and you.
    Gordie Abougoush
  • Jul 12, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Lorne's passing worked with him for many year's at the plywood mill. He was a super nice guy.
    RIP Lorne.
    Ed Donald
  • Jul 12, 2018
    Bev,
    Sorry to hear that Lorne has passed away. My thoughts are with you.
    Marge Leier
  • Jul 12, 2018
    RIP Lorne. Have a great time with your hunting and fishing buddies up there.
    You were a great guy and we will miss you.
    Love and hugs to Bev and all the boys - The Foxes
  • Jul 12, 2018
    Todd (Gray), Bev, family and friends;
    I am very sorry for your loss. Family is precious and Lorne's legacy of being a very kind man will live forever. Wishing you all peace and comfort knowing he is fishing with his close friends. He is missed by many. Glad we had our talk last time you were in the shop Todd. Hugs are here for you.
    Rhonda
  • Jul 12, 2018
    Todd and family, very sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences to you all. Take care.
    Tony and Marlyn Ryder
  • Jul 12, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Lorne's passing. I worked with him for many years at the plywood plant in Kelowna. He also always came and talked to me at the car shows.
    Ron Volk
  • Jul 11, 2018
    To Bev and family, our condolences to you. Will miss his smiling face at the union coffees. I worked with Lorn at the plywood mill for many years. Well Lorn rest in peace. Till we meet again.
    Willi Lange
  • Jul 11, 2018
    Bev and family,
    We were saddened to hear of Lorne's passing. Have you all in our thoughts and prayers. May Lorne Rest In Peace.
    Nick and Arlene Papov
  • Jul 11, 2018
    There are not enough words to describe what a respectful man Lorne was. He always had time to chat for a few minutes and always asked how our family was doing. People like Lorne are hard to come by and I am honoured to have known him for last 62 years.
    He will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Domenic and LIna Rampone
  • Jul 11, 2018
    So sorry for your loss, I worked at Riverside in Kelowna with him for 30 years. He was a very nice man, I learned a lot from him.
    RIP Lorne.
    Don Zilkie
  • Jul 11, 2018
    Bev and Todd,
    So sorry to hear of Lorne's passing. As neighbours for many years, coached hockey together and finally becoming "relatives" when my son married Bev's niece. Was a fine fellow, always happy with a kind word. Lorne will be missed by those who knew him. Remember the good times as they will help you through the coming days. Todd, hope to see you at the store. Hugs to you both.
    Gord Strachan
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