John Chow

April 25, 1950October 7, 2020

April 25, 1950 – October 7, 2020

John passed away peacefully at Kelowna General Hospital with his wife, Ione and his sister in law, Joanne at his side. He fought hard and rallied many times to fight the cancer that took him. John was born in Victoria. His family owned and operated an egg producing farm. John then went on to UBC to study Poultry Science. He was often asked what he did for employment. Always a sense of humor would reply, “I sold drugs”. He worked for many Veterinary Medicine companies over the years. In 1998 when he retired from Veterinary sales, he took on, as he called it a, “JOB”, which he did 6 – 7 days a week. Those that knew John, could always find his name on the tee sheet at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club or in Sun Lakes, AZ where Ione and him spent 6 months each year. His passion for golf never left him. Less than a month ago he asked Les, his brother in law, if when he was able to golf again, if he’d remember how. 2 weeks ago, an OT took him for a short walk in the hospital. He told her, “If you could just help me to walk well enough, I’d be happy to play golf just “1” day a week. John will forever be remembered for the “CHOW PUTT”. His hand was always open for his TIP after the successful putt. Ione wants her “SOUP SISTERS” to know how thankful she is to them for their love and support over the past 3 years. She feels so blessed. These special lades are truly amazing and wonderful true friends.

John was fortunate to have an amazing team of Dr.’s A special thank you to Dr’s Campling, Smit and Butterworth. Each went above and beyond. He expressed days ago how grateful he was to them. His many trips to the cancer clinic were always met with warm and caring staff. Due to Covid a small private family gathering will be held. Consider this message John’s eulogy. Our wish is that this leaves you with fond memories of him. We’re sure that John is on the “GREEN” in a higher place. He will be looking down on his many golf buddies north and south of the border. John will be forever loved and greatly missed by his sister Rose, brothers David and Paul along with their families. Ione and her family will cherish the wonderful memories they had with their DEAR JOHN. Donations in John’s memory may be made to:

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Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, 250-762-2299.



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Kim McKergow

October 18, 2020

Ione.... so very sad to hear of John’s passing. I’m always going to remember his big smile, his creative thoughts about the perfect putt, his gyroscope ball marking device, how you always recognized his “chinaman legs” from 2 fairways away, and of course, Sharon yelling “John Chow ... John Chow!!!” followed by a T-shirt event lol! Somebody said... “If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf”. That was John Chow to a tee! We will all miss him. .... Kim McKergow

Chuck and Doris Swanson

October 11, 2020

Ione and Family: We will certainly miss John on the golf course in Sun Lakes. He was definitely one that thought he should have made every putt that he stroked. I learned a lot from him and we know that you have lost a great person.


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