July 11, 2021
We would like to share with the world that on Sunday July 11, 2021 Floyd Lillies decided it was time to take his final bus trip.
Floyd was predeceased by his son Greg Lillies and wife of 45 years Lois Lillies, as well as both his parents and will now be sharing a drink with brothers Darryl and Reg.
Floyd is survived by his wife Carolyn and son Scott Lillies, daughter Lianna Lillies (Chris Chasmar). Grandchildren Emily Lillies, Julie Knudsen (Carson Semesock) Matthew Lillies and Ryley Hartness.
Step-children Tony Bjarnason and Richele Burr (Alex) and grandchildren Jadyn Burr, Tasha Bjarnason, Brody Burr, Carson Burr and Jake Bjarnason.
Floyd is also survived by brothers Brent (Trudie) Lillies, Richard Lillies (Jenny Noble) Sisters Joyce (Neil) Martens and Trish (Art) Kube as well as many important nieces and nephews.
Floyd will be best known for his infectious smile, corny jokes and optimistic attitude. His generosity and kindness were felt by everyone he touched.
Love of travel was a huge part of Floyd’s life, he loved to be on the go. Whether he was traveling by car, plane, boat or in one of his beloved buses he was always planning the next adventure. It was never about the destination and always about the journey for Floyd.
He was just as happy going to Mexico with his kids, traveling in a caravan with friends, going overseas with family or just being a campground host at Macdonald Creek Park.
Floyd started his life in 1941 in Hartney Manitoba as the first of seven feisty kids. Floyd and his family relocated to the lower mainland when he was two, this is where he spent all his school years. As a pre-teen Floyd had his own paper route and by fourteen, was sub-manager of twenty-five paper carriers.
His first big career was with Safeway. This lasted several years with him eventually working up to produce manager in Vernon. The next big move was into insurance sales in Vernon and Kelowna. In 1975 Floyd and Lois and his dear friends Bob and Marg purchased a hardware store that became Loma Lumber which they ran for 32 years and retired from in 2007.
“Service to humanity is the best work of life” this excerpt from the Jaycee creed is the best description of how Floyd lived. Floyd served on many boards, committees and service clubs, so many that we are not able to name them all. Highlights include Nakusp Kinsmen, Nakusp Chamber of Commerce, Nakusp Curling Club, Nakusp Legion. After becoming a member of IRLY Bird he offered his service to the cooperative in many positions including president of IRLY Distributors.
However, Floyds’ first, longest and most influential service was with the Jaycees in the Okanagan where he served in many positions and was named a lifelong JCI senator. The friendships gained through this service meant the world to him.
Floyd will be missed by all whose lives he touched. The legacy of his kindness, generosity and of course all the corny jokes will keep his memory alive.
There will be a Celebration of his life on Sunday July 18, 2021 in the park at the Gazebo in Nakusp. The celebration will start at 11:00 am. With limited seating please bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us for a BBQ and cake after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arrow Lakes Hospital, Kelowna Cancer Clinic or a local charity of your choice.
Those wishing to leave a personal message of condolence please go to www.castlegarfuneral.com
Castlegar Funeral Chapel
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