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Donald (Don) McLarty

November 27, 1939 - November 16, 2023


Don McLarty a beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on November 16 at the age of 83 after a deterioration of his health. He was born on November 27, 1939, in St. Walburg, Saskatchewan, and embarked on a remarkable journey filled with adventure, dedication and love.

Growing up in a family connected to the construction industry, Don experienced a nomadic childhood, moving from Ontario to British Columbia. The family settled in Hope, BC, in 1945, and Don became a permanent resident, graduating from Hope Secondary School. His early education was a patchwork of experiences, attending various schools and even receiving home schooling in more remote areas.

In 1960, Don began his professional career with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Keremeos. His commitment to excellence and hard work led to a successful career with the bank, where he held various roles, including teller, loan officer, credit inspector and manager of six different branches. His last branch was at Kingsway and McMurray in Burnaby, where he retired in May 1993.

On March 4, 1967, Don married the love of his life, Ruth Stephens, and they began their married life in Kelowna before Don was transferred to various locations throughout the province. His dedication to community service was evident through his involvement in Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club and his role as president of the Fernie Golf Club during his working years.

Retirement brought Don and Ruth to Oliver, where he continued to make a positive impact on the community. He served as a director and later as president of Fairview Golf Course, reflecting his passion for the outdoors and companionship with his friends. An avid hunter and fisherman, Don found solace and joy in the natural world, sharing these experiences with friends and family.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, and their children, Joanne (James) and Stephen (Kris), along with grandsons Aidan and Brennan Doyle. He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph (1993) and Anne (1998).

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday May 6, 2024 at Fairview Mountain Course, 933 Old Golf Course Road, Oliver, BC..

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Diabetes Canada or a charity of your choice.

Don will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to family, his vibrant spirit and the positive impact he made on the lives of those around him. May he rest in peace, surrounded by the beauty of the landscapes he loved so dearly.




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From: Carol Hapke
Relation: CIBC collegue

My deepest sympathy for your loss. I came to know Don when he retired and you both moved to Oliver. We became the golfing haven for so many CIBC retires in their most treasured years. All golfers and finally enjoying the good life. I knew very early on that I would receive ongoing cajoling and advice from all of the new retires to remind me to work harder and keep the CIBC shares up … to support the worthy pensioners. I loved the visits..the chuckles, but mostly the genuine kinship..Don will always be remembered …I am glad to have so many fond memories…thinking of you Ruth…my sincere condolences, Carol Hapke

From: Diane Day
Relation: Friend of the family

With a heavy heart, I wish to give my sincere condolences to you and your family.
I am keeping you and Don’s loved ones in my thoughts and prayers.
May the memories of Don help you find peace and comfort.

From: Peggy Isotalo
Relation: Former Dental Hygienist.

Ruth, so sorry to hear about Don’s Passing. I am sure he will be playing golf in the biggest course in the heavens.

From: George Bradley & Carol Sprecher
Relation: Worked with him @ CIBC.

Ruth, George and I were saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Will never forget our fun times down south in our rving days. And of course, the CIBC luncheons.
He was one of the “good guys”.
Lots of hugs.
George Bradley & Carol Sprecher.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
May 6, 2024

Fairview Mountain Golf Course
933 Old Golf Course Road
Oliver, BC Canada

A celebration of life for Don McLarty will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, May 6, 2024 at the Fairview Mountain Golf Course Clubhouse.

933 Old Golf Course Road
Oliver, BC Canada

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Diabetes Canada or a charity of your choice.

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