Sylvia Fay McKay

March 16, 1934 – May 4, 2020
It is with tearful eyes and broken hearts, we share the passing of Fay on May 4, 2020 at Kelowna General Hospital. Fay was born and grew up in Peterborough Ontario, where she met Stu. They were married in the fall of 1957 and moved to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario where he worked at Algoma Steel. In September 1960, an opportunity for employment in BC inspired a move to Kimberley BC.
After 10 wonderful years in Kimberley during the early years of their 3 boys, the family moved to Penticton. In 1973, the family was transferred to Trail.
Fay loved ‘social’ bridge and soon found neighbors for a foursome that stayed together for many years. This was followed several years later with six couples getting together monthly. She volunteered at the hospital and at musical and performance festivals. Fay enjoyed festive occasions. She was a wonderful cook and loved family birthdays, dinners with friends and many parties at the Colombo Hall. Her pride and joy were her family and in particular, her grandchildren. She looked forward to their every celebrations, performances and more latterly, proudly following their careers.
Fay had a good eye for fashion and decorating. She also loved shopping and travel. Whether it was on business trips with Stu, or up to Kaslo for the day, she really enjoyed poking around in unique little shops where she would find some little thing that would be perfect for this friend or that. Our home was tastefully decorated with mementos – she had a wonderful memory and could tell you, from whom and where, every cherished thing came.
For many years she enjoyed the tranquility at the summer cabin they built on the Arrow Lake. There was always happy hour and the bocce game with the neighbors. The couple also had fond memories of the many holidays and trips to Hawaii and elsewhere with dear friends from Kimberley days. After 45 years in Trail, their house and yard had become too much so their last move was to the Missionwood Retirement Resort in Kelowna.
She fought a courageous battle with her breathing and back problems. Fay’s time on earth has ended, but her spirit and memories will remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. She was a loving and devoted mom and grand-mom. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband Stu of 63 years; her sons Jim(Tracy) of Espanola, Steve (Marian) of Kelowna, and Paul (Joanne) of Rossland; and six grandchildren: Andrea and Mathieu, Michael and Graeme, and Charlotte and Aidan.
A celebration of life will be held in the summer at Fay’s Cabin on the Arrow. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Fay’s name may be made to: the Canadian Red Cross; OR the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation at: 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1; online at

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