June 26, 1968 - October 14, 2017
It is with great sadness that Kirk Ashley Guenther passed away peacefully at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice in Kamloops on Saturday, October 14th at the age of 49 after a 4 year battle with cancer. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 21 years, Lesley (nee: Swystun), sons, Corbin (15), and Connor (13). He also leaves behind his Parents Ron and Annette of Regina, SK., brother, Jason (Kate, Kaelan, Rochelle) of Meadow Lake , Sk., and in-laws Terry and Dorothy Swystun of Regina, SK., Gordon (Natasha)of Surrey, BC., Kathy Stasienko (John, Sydney, Lauren) of Medicine Hat, AB., Doug (Brenda, Keira, Keaton) of N. Vancouver, BC.
Kirk was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan June 26, 1968, graduated from Thom Collegiate, and continued to receive a diploma in Business administration prior to his Civil Engineering degree at the U of S. As a youngster, Kirk enjoyed numerous family vacations, playing with his lifetime neighborhood friends, and many team sports. At the age of 18 he spent 1 year in Germany as a Rotary exchange student. It was in the high school Outdoor Ed. Club where Kirk met Lesley.
Kirk's career took him to Yellowknife, NWT where he and Lesley established their life together and spent 10 years. He enjoyed everything the northern hospitality and great outdoors could offer: fishing, hunting, canoeing, and volunteering with the Canadian Coastguard. Vacations to Belize, Honduras, Cuba, Europe, and New Zealand were special. There was nothing better to him than enjoying a unique craft beer at any one of these locations.
With the birth of Corbin, the family decided to head south to new territory, so another adventure began in Vernon, BC. Soon followed the birth of Connor, and more career paths brought the family to Kamloops, enjoying skiing at Sun Peaks and BC camping. Kirk got the chance to involve his boys and himself into hockey. Hockey was his passion. He loved the game since he was a kid and hoped every player he coached to feel the same. His "Never Give Up" lessons would carry him to the end.
Kirk's family would like to thank Dr. Swart, Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Tevendale, Nurses at RIH Cancer clinic, Hospice, co-workers from McElhanney, Home Health, friends, and family.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date (Spring 2018) in order to fulfill Kirk's wishes.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com