Warren Roderick Byrnell

Warren, 85 of Pitt Meadows BC, passed away on February 2, 2016 peacefully at Crossroads Hospice surrounded by his family. Warren enjoyed life and independence until late in 2015 when he was diagnosed with a new cancer.

Warren was born in Vancouver BC on June 18, 1930 to Roy and Marrietta Byrnell and was the eldest of 3 children. Warren married Lillian (Lil) Semko in 1954 and they were married for almost 61 years.

Warren worked for over 35 years at BC Hydro as an Electrical Operator and Serviceman (IBEW) and was able to retire early with Lil, so they could start new adventures in their RV. Warren served in the Korean War and was very active in the Korean Veterans Association (KVA) serving as President / Vice President and other leadership roles. Warren worked with many other vets to lobby the CDN government for better support to veterans and others that have served their country. Warren was always active in his community and enjoyed working with other volunteers / staff to make their community better.

Warren is survived by their 4 children, Rod (Debbie), Bruce (Lorraine), Karen (Bob) Light, Charlene (David) Milton; his two sisters Maureen and Donna (Trevor)Miller, 9 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.

Warren is preceded in death by his wife Lil (2015), his parents; as well as brother-in-law Ernie Semko, brother-in-law Russell MacLEAN , sister-in-law Kieran Semko and brother-in-law Moaris Semko, sister-in-law Annette Semko and great grandson Aiden Byrnell.

Funeral service to be held on Saturday February 27th, 1pm, at Burnett Fellowship Church 20639 123rd Ave., Maple Ridge BC V2X4B1 with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to Crossroads Hospice Foundation or BC Cancer Foundation.

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  1. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” Lord Binyon, 1869-1943.

    Those words are immortal and are imprinted in the mind of each sailor, soldier and airman who ever served and who stepped forward and said, ‘ Ready, Aye, Ready’ when his country called. So it was with Warren when his country called and sent hardy Canadian servicemen to a far-off land few Canadians had ever heard of in June 1950- South Korea. Perhaps it was that the Korean Peninsula was half-way round the world from Canada or perhaps it was that too few Canadians took the time to learn of the Korean War and its legacy to the world, or perhaps it was that it was thought of a simple police action and so was termed a ‘conflict.’ But for Warren and 27,000 other Canadians, it was a real war every much as horrific as World War One and World War Two.

    Lord Binyon’s poem, ‘Far the Fallen,’ also has these words: “But where our desires are and our hopes profound, felt as a well-spring hidden from sight, to the innermost heart of their own land they are known, as the stars are known to the night.”

    My wife, Shirley, and I number among our long acquaintance with Warren, our days in South Korea in July 2015. His presence made the visit just that more pleasant.

    And so, we say farewell to a good friend, a Korean War veteran who saw and sought only good in his fellow man and who until his final day on Earth, was above most others. Now, he rests with our God in a place far more wonderful than Earth.

    Bob Orrick, former national public information officer, KVA Canada.

  2. Marlene & David Collard :

    We are saddened to hear the passing of Warren Byrnell.. We have known Warren & his
    Wife Lillian for 49 years.. I worked with Lillian at Nabob Foods, for over twenty years,
    Plus we were neighbors in Pitt Meadows for a couple years..
    Our thoughts & prayers are with their family.. God Bless..

  3. Was so sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. I have so many memories of Lil and him over the years and very happy to have had a nice visit with him at Brynns wedding. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  4. Good memories of a great man . He was most certainly an asset to all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God Bless.

  5. Robert Webber, President and member Unit 49 KVA :

    Sincere condolences to the family. We have lost another stalwart member and good friend. May he rest in peace.

  6. Thank you Warren for your service not only to your country but also to Pitt Meadows that you and Lil loved so much.

  7. Dear, Karen, Charlene, Bruce and Rod, I’m very saddened to here of the loss of your Dad. Hold on to all your special memories. I will remember his happy nature. My thoughts are with all of you.

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