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UNSER, Jack

UNSER, Jack

March 15, 1946 - August 13, 2022

Jack Unser was born March 15, 1946, in Kelowna, BC, and passed away peacefully at the age of 76 on August 13, 2022, at Kelowna Hospice House.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandy; his cherished daughters Jacqueline Unser and Tracy Yamabe (Troy); and his treasured grandchildren Tori Hansen, Malia Yamabe and Kobe Yamabe. He is also survived by his sisters Cindy and Diane, as well as many extended family and lifelong friends. Jack was predeceased by his parents Vern and Margaret Unser.

Growing up in Kelowna, Jack attended Martin Elementary School and graduated from Kelowna Senior Secondary School. In 1969, he married the love of his life, Sandy Delgatty. In 1972 Jacqueline was born, and in 1974 Tracy completed the family. He worked as a printer at The Kelowna Daily Courier for 44 years. He was a dedicated, reliable and hard worker. His favourite times were always spent with his family. He loved trips to Spokane, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm; cruises with Sandy to Alaska and California; camping with family; and being out in the bush getting firewood. Jack had a passion for, and owned, many classic cars and street rods, including his prized 1948 Mercury. He loved country music, his favourites being Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and George Jones.

Jack was a loyal and devoted family man with a big heart. Even though he didn’t like to ask for help with things, he was always more than willing to help others, and he never complained. He was funny and always had a story or one-liner anywhere he went. He was beyond proud of his family, and his grandchildren were the true shining light of his life. He loved them beyond the moon, and they knew it.

We would like to give our special thanks to Dr. Kates and the renal team, as well as Dr. Outram, for the special care and attention that was given to Jack. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory would be welcomed to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, kidney.ca/Get-Involved/Make-a-Gift/In-Memory-Tribute-Donations, or Diabetes Canada, www.diabetes.ca.

Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a-shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son.

There is no service by request.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (or click the direct link with his name in it, just below).


Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/unser-jack
Condolence Messages
  • Sep 02, 2022
    Condolences to the Unser family and friends. I knew Jack back in the day. Had not run into him for a long while. Awesome man. Your bud, Fish - Al Fisher
  • Sep 01, 2022
    Dear Sandy,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of Jack. He was one of the good ones. Gone but not forgotten. - Tom Davy - Tom Davy
  • Aug 25, 2022
    Dear Sandy, Jacqueline, Tracy and family. We are so sorry to hear of Jack's
    passing. Our deepest condolences to your family. Sending our love and prayers
    Wayne and Pat Oliver - Pat Oliver
  • Aug 23, 2022
    Sandy, to you and your family we are thinking of you all , sorry for your loss.
    Lots of happy memories to remember
    Wendy and Robert Lee
    - Wendy Lee
  • Aug 22, 2022
    My condolences to Sandy and all of the Unser family.
    I had the good fortune to spend much of my youth as a friend with Jack.
    He had the best arm in town.
    Kelowna has lost a good one.
    Doug Cameron - Doug Cameron
  • Aug 22, 2022
    Deepest condolences Sandy. May the good Lord wrap you in his arms with love and give you strength to carry on. God bless you. - Linda MacWilliam
  • Aug 21, 2022
    Sandy & family: We are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Our memories of you and Jack from our years at the Kelowna Courier especially during the nine-month strike. Other memories are of Christmas parties and times with Ken and Chris Hehn, Gomer and Eddie. May your family remember him through your memories.
    David and Gail Chartres from Fruitvale BC.
  • Aug 20, 2022
    Dear Jacqui and Tori,
    My heart hurts to read this and I am so very sorry for your loss. Your dad/grandpa sounds like a wonderful man. Cherish the memories and know you are in my thoughts.
    With Love,
    Heather Csikos
  • Aug 20, 2022
    Dear Sandy.
    My condolences for your loss.
    May happy memories of your husband Jack give you comfort during this difficult time.
    Britt McMichael
  • Aug 20, 2022
    Dear Sandy, girls & precious grandkids - I’m so sorry to hear of this sad news. Take extra loving care of each other. I always think of your family whenever Disneyland or Knott’s Berry is mentioned. Treasure those special family moments. Snocone hug! - Jennifer Humphries
  • Aug 19, 2022
    my dearest Sandy, Jacqueline & Tracy & all other family:our condolences on the passing of such a amazing guy, he was a true friend as Don & him worked at the Kelowna Courier & great friends after always stopping to chat, our prayers & thoughts will be with you all always as he was a great guy & a beautiful wife & familyour son James was down for a visit & it really hit him hard as he said Dad but he is the same age~~*~~love always Don & Jacqueline, James & Jen & family, Don & Valoree & girls & Cory & Kim & family~~ - jacque schneider
  • Aug 19, 2022
    Sorry for your loss. I worked with Jack at the Courier for lot of years. He was a great guy. I love working with him. We had some great conversations over the years. Mike Harmer - Mike Harmer
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy & Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Sending our thoughts & Love. Karen, Kelly & Nicholas Pizzol - Karen Pizzol
  • Aug 18, 2022
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers - Shirley Barry
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy, our hearts go out to you and your family. I hope you are comforted by your many happy memories together. - Rick and Donna Austin
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy and family we are heart broken to hear of Jacks passing. He was an amazing friend and neighbor. When I was a kid back Jack would come out and play road hockey or just throw the baseball around with me, I looked up to him like a big brother. He was most certainly an all around great guy. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Our condolences go out to you and your whole family. Hugs George and Bev Welsh - George and Bev
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Dear Sandy and family, so sorry to hear the sad news. It was nice to see you and Jack a few months ago at Lakeview Market and catch up. My heart goes out to you.
    Barry Spring - Barry Spring
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy, Tracy, Malia, and families -- I was so sorry to read of the passing of your husband, father, and grandfather. I know he will live on through you all. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Barb Donaldson - Barb Donaldson
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Dear Sandy and family,
    So sorry to hear of Jacks passing. Though its been many years since we have been in contact I do recall how great your family stories were.
    Take care and stay strong.
    Shannon Fehr
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy and Family. We send our love and sympathy at this difficult time. We have our memories of the fun and laughter we shared with you on the Alaskan Cruise. Jack will be missed. - Bob and Louise
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Mike and Bernice Boutin - Bernice and mike Boutin
  • Aug 18, 2022
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. - Donnie and Paula Naka
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy: So sorry to hear of Jack's passing! He was a very gentle man, Jungle George Kozikowski, - George kozikowski
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Hour deep condolences to the User family of loose jack he will be missed,Tony and Darlene Folk - Tony Folk
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending my condolences and love to all , during this difficult time. Brenda Siebert - Brenda Siebert
  • Aug 18, 2022
    Sandy and family: so sorry to hear about Jack. He was a most loyal friend to Denny for so many decades, and at the end. Condolences to you all. ---judie vergnano - judie
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy and family sending you much love as you deal with your loss, may your wonderful memories give you strength to carry you through , in my thoughts and prayers , in love and light, hugs Jackie Higgs
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Oh Sandy, so so sorry to read of your family's loss. Some people pass through this world, and leave it just as they found it, But people like Jack take the time to do special things for others that make the world more beautiful... He will be missed ...My deepest condolences to the family.. Sending BIG HUGS !,,
    - Darlene S.
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy and family, We are so sorry to hear about Jack. Our deepest condolences to all of you. - Tab and Cindy Hietamaa
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy, Jacqueline, Tracy and family, my sincere condolences. I know how loved he was by all of you. I really enjoyed getting to know Jack and discussing our stories of growing up in the Kelowna we remember. My thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time. Gord Hoffman
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Dear Sandy. Sending hugs and most heartfelt condolences. May you find warmth in remembering the great memories with this wonderful man. God bless your days and nights!
    - Pegi MacGregor
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy, Jacqueline and Tracy, I’m so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I always appreciated how kind and patient Jack was and so generous with his time and knowledge when we worked together. Glad you were able to make so many great memories together. My thoughts are with all of you. Mary Matthews
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your family. - Lois Buckland
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So glad for our last visit in July. Many memories and much sorrow In Jacks passing.My deepest condolences to Sandy, Jacqueline,Tracey and extended family. Ken Barry (Cavani) - Ken Barry
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy and family, I am sending my heart felt condolences for the passing of Jack.
    Hugs from Shirley Strachan - Shirley Strachan
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So sorry to hear about Jack. Such a loss. My thoughts are with Sandy and Cindy.
    My condolences to all. Larry and Linda Houghton.
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So very sorry for your loss, Sandy. - Denise Butticci
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy I’m so very sorry to learn of Jacks passing . Ken and Jack worked together for so many years . Jack was a true friend to Ken . He visited Ken constantly at cottonwoods. Ken always had a big smile on his face when Jack walked through the door . It was a very close friendship . Maybe now they can talk about the old times in Kelowna like they always did . He will not only be missed by his family but also by his countless friends . Sandy stay strong , it’s not easy . Sending hugs . - Chris Hehn
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy & family,
    We are so sorry to hear the passing of Jack….he was such a great guy.
    Our heartfelt sympathies to you all.
    - Garney & Brenda Howard
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy and family, I am so saddened to hear about Jack. My heart goes out to all of you at this very difficult time. - Heidi Miller
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I remember you two driving around in Jacks car and the day he let you drive it yourself. We knew then it was true love. Our deepest condolences to you and the girls. - Jim and Barb Carroll
  • Aug 17, 2022
    We are very sorry to hear of Mr. Unser’s passing. We are thinking of you and sending many hugs and much love. - Kathy and Karen Reid
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Worked with Jack at the Kelowna Daily Courier for years. He was the nicest man. So sorry for your loss. - Joyce McIntosh
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Dear Sandy, Jacqueline, Tracy and family
    We are so so sorry for your loss of your beloved husband, father, father in law, brother and grandpa.
    Know that our hearts ache with yours and that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Navigating the coming days, weeks, months will evolve but always know you have a team of friends and family to rely on.
    Sending our love and condolences, Carol Romanchuk & Barbara Hoffman - Carol Romanchuk
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Our deepest condolences to Sandy and family. Jack will be missed very much
    Gail (snail) and Gord - Gail Nelson
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Dear Sandy & Family, so sorry to hear of Jack's passing, My deepest condolences to you all - Yoko Uemoto. - Yoko Uemoto,
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So sorry for your loss, Jack was the best! - Daniel and Karen Moser
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy, Jacqueline,Tracy and extended family. We were so sorry to learn that Jack had passed away. We know how much his family meant to him. We know you will always have so many good memories. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Hugs.
    John and Sharon Hallam - Sharon Hallam
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy, Jacqueline & Tracy...so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. May you have the many memories to help you through this difficult time. Thoughts are with you. Take care. Cathie Wilk and Danny Ackerman - Cathie Wilk
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy and family, we are so sorry for your loss but so happy for the wonderful memories you have made together. Our cruise to Alaska always brings a smile to my face. Especially Jack's grin with his long hair in Ketchikan! Much love and prayers to you all...Bob & Gloria Savage - Gloria Savage
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy I was saddened to hear of Jack's passing, my condolences to you & your family. Kathy (Quemby) Ivens - Kathy Ivens
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Dear Sandy and family.... I’m so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My thoughts are with you....hugs. Colleen Newton - Colleen Newton
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy, Tracy and family sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you all.
    - Kim Chamberlain & Family
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Dam Jack u just had to leave me. I am losing clients to God. Sorry for family's loss. He was always making me laugh in the shop. Miss u sir Jack. Dennis. - Dennis
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Dear Sandy, I’m so sorry to see this news. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. - Doreen Detta
  • Aug 17, 2022
    My deepest condolences to you Sandy, and to your beautiful Family.
    Love
    - Cathy Daniel
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy & family, we are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Special memories of you both at KSS and working with Jack at the Kelowna Daily Courier. Sending you and your family the biggest hugs & love, - Judy (Malen) & Ken Miletto
  • Aug 17, 2022
    We are sorry to hear of your loss, take care of one another. - Tony and Marlyn Ryder
  • Aug 17, 2022
    I am very saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. I worked with him at the Courier for many years. He was a very kind man and always greeted you with a smile.
    My deepest condolences to the family.
    Jason Semeniuk - Jason Semeniuk
  • Aug 17, 2022
    So sorry Sandy to hear of Jack’s passing. My condolences to you and your family. - Julie Lowe
  • Aug 17, 2022
    Sandy and Family.
    Jack was one of the good ones. I'm sorry for your loss.
    John G. Kish
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Oh, Sandy, I was so sad to see this! Sending you the warmest hugs. - Marjie (Chaplin) Beales
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Sandy, Tracy and family, sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Hoping your wonderful memories bring comfort during this time. - Leanne Duzsik
  • Aug 16, 2022
    I am so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He will always be with you in your hearts. Remember the good times. - Lydia Currier
  • Aug 16, 2022
    So sorry to hear this, hugs to you all. Sandy, you were the best wife ever. Sue rayner
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Sandy, Cindy , Diane and famlies,
    Im so sorry to hear of Jacks passing, My condolences to you all,
    Louise - Louise
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Sandy and family. Sorry to hear about your loss. He was a great friend and really enjoyed working with him for almost 40 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Don and Marie whiting
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Dear Sandy and family. I’m so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was such a great guy and I remember him and you both back in your dating days. He only had eyes for you the love of his life. And that never changed. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Jane (Weiser) Ditson
    - Jane Ditson
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Sandi & family
    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was such a great, easy going guy and will be missed.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Ron & Rosaline Nishi
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Sandy and family, I was so sad to hear this sad news, condolences to the family - Joan
  • Aug 16, 2022
    We know that losing a husband, father and grandfather is terribly difficult, and we send our deepest condolences. While Jack has passed, he will live on through the love and lives of his wonderful family! Please let us know if we can help in some small way during this time.
    Ryan, Shannon, Maddy, and Beth Ward - Ryan Ward
  • Aug 16, 2022
    There are not enough words to express my deepest sympathy to your family. Sending the biggest hugs to all of you. - Jenni Gregg-Lowe
  • Aug 16, 2022
    To Sandy Jacqueline Tracy we are thinking of you at this sad time all our love Maureen & Rob Cameron XOXO
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Biggest hugs
    - Duane and Elaine Lingel
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Sending you all prayers of strength as you navigate your devastating loss.
    April Smirl.
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Dear Sandy and family. We send you our love and support, along with deep sorrow for your loss. Our thoughts are with you, and our hugs in reserve for when we meet.
    Larry and Rhonda Schatz
  • Aug 16, 2022
    Sandy and family..we are so sorry to learn about Jack’s passing. He was a life long friend starting in grade one..always kept in touch and was there if one needed a helping hand…enjoyed many camping trips together..he will be missed..love John and Nancy McEwen.
  • Aug 16, 2022
    I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I worked with him at The Courier and he was always the nicest guy. My deepest condolences to the family. - Jacquey Cummings
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