It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Fote John Almas at the Kelowna General Hospital on May 17, 2007. Fote was a loving and caring husband, father, brother and treasured friend to many. He leaves behind his wife of 35 years Corinne, two children, daughter Jasmine (Val) and infant grandson Alexander Fote, San Diego, CA, son John, Kelowna BC, mother Magdalene, Eight brothers and sisters: Tom, Jasmine (Dave), George (Carrie), Ted (Margie), Arthur, Eleanor, Jim (Sue), and Greg (Barb) all in Vancouver BC; brother in law Robert Tompson (Pam), Mara, BC, many nieces, nephews, and special friends and relations. He was predeceased by his father John in 1991.
Fote was born in Vancouver on October 31, 1946. He was the eldest of nine children and spent his entire youth in Vancouver where his family made their home upstairs from the family grocery store.
Fote was the ultimate mechanic, a person who could fix anything, and so in his late teens, he decided to join the Air Force and become an Aircraft Mechanic. Being slightly colour blind prevented him from achieving this goal so he switched his focus to his other love of fixing automobiles, eventually getting his certification as a Licensed Automotive Mechanic.
In 1970, while working at a Vancouver Chevron station, Fote met Corinne, a relatively new resident of Vancouver, having moved from Vernon in 1966. Corinne’s family would often call upon Fote to fix something on their car, which he did in his unassuming way but with great knowledge. They married in 1971 and a job opportunity at the Vernon Ford Dealership saw them move to Vernon in 1973. There they made there home and welcomed their children into their lives. It was during this time that Fote became an Amateur Radio Operator and discovered another love: building and learning about computers. Fote was always finding ways to satisfy his craving for learning how things worked and to fix them if they didn’t. In 1986, a job opportunity at the Orchard Ford Dealership in Kelowna, which would allow Fote to utilize his superior electronic and computer skills, saw the family move to Kelowna.
As Jasmine and John grew into young adults, Fote (with Corinne’s blessing) pursued his dream of owning a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and learning how to fly an airplane. Happily, he was able to do both and would glow with happiness when doing either. Fote was a Kelowna Rockets fan and felt particularly close to many of the players he and Corinne billeted over the years.
Fote was a faithful, devoted, and wise husband, father, brother and friend whose warm smile and strength touched so many. He was so very proud of his children and the good citizens of the world they had become.
A Celebration of Fote’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 1:00pm at the Springfield Funeral Home 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC. Private Family Internment at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the “Holding Hands for Hospice” campaign in memory of Fote, would be appreciated.
A donation in living memory of Fote will be made to “Holding Hands for Hospice” by the Springfield Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.
His Journey Goes On…
It’s all about the journey
It’s the part that counts
Even when he gets there
He may just turn around
He rides like an Eagle flying
All around the stars
It’s all about the journey
Safe now from any harm
Too soon he left to travel
Beyond where we can see
But it’s all about the journey
Forever riding free