Dennis Clifford Schwartz
June 11, 1940 – November 12, 2014
Dennis was born in the small rural village of Runnymede, Saskatchewan to Alex and Lena Schwartz. Dennis spent his early years in Runnymede with his parents, his older sisters Della and Adeline, and his younger sister, Lois. He had several aunts, uncles and cousins who also lived and farmed in the area.
Dennis left home as a teenager to find work and travel throughout Western Canada. He worked in an underground goldmine, on the Hudson’s Bay Railway between The Pas and Churchill Manitoba, and then attended Luther College in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Dennis completed his Cadet Training Program with the RCMP in Regina in 1960. An excellent horseman, he was offered a position in Ottawa with the Musical Ride, but opted instead to move to North Vancouver to start his police career.
It was in North Vancouver that Dennis met the true love of his life, Sheila Martens. Sheila was nursing at Lion’s Gate Hospital, across the street from the RCMP detachment. They went on a blind date on March 31, 1963, and were married on December 14 that same year.
Dennis and Sheila had their first son, Cliff, in North Vancouver in 1966. Shortly after being transferred to Creston, their second son, Steve, was born in 1968. As Dennis’ police career progressed, the family moved throughout B.C. from Creston to Nelson, then to Fernie, and ultimately to Kelowna.
Dennis retired from the RCMP in 1986, and shortly thereafter began a nine-year career with the City of Kelowna, as the coordinator of Kelowna’s first Crime Stoppers program.
An avid history buff, Dennis spent much of his retirement travelling throughout North America. Although he loved visiting the U.S. Civil War sites throughout the American South, there was no place he loved more than the Oregon Coast. He and Sheila travelled there every year, frequently with their kids and grandchildren in tow.
Nothing made Dennis happier than spending time with his family. As Cliff and Steve raised their families in Kelowna, Dennis was remarkably active in the lives of his four grandchildren. It was through his family that his greatest accomplishments were realized. Dennis was a devoted and steadfast husband, a loving and caring father, and a dedicated and involved grandfather. He has touched the lives of many, and is truly missed.
“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day.
“Unseen, unheard, but always near; still loved, still missed and very dear.”