Cal McKibbon

Surrey fire captain to be laid to rest

Funeral service for Cal McKibbon is Aug. 26.

The funeral service for a veteran Surrey firefighter killed in a parachuting accident last week has been announced.

Surrey Fire Captain Calvin B. McKibbon, 51, was skydiving near Seattle, Wash. when his parachute failed to deploy properly, became tangled, and was unable to slow his fall.

He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he succumbed to his injuries.

McKibbon, a captain at fire hall 15 in Clayton, had served with the Surrey Fire Department for 26 years. He was born on Oct. 26, 1959 and joined the fire department on Aug. 6, 1985.

McKibbon worked as a suppression firefighter for the majority of his career, but also worked for two years on the Electrical Fire Inspection Team in an effort to reduce the impact of marijuana grow operations in the community.

Prior to joining the Surrey Fire Department, McKibbon was an RCMP officer in South Surrey.

McKibbon was an avid golfer and hockey player. He enjoyed travelling, hiking, dirt biking, water skiing and had recently begun pursuing his sky diving licence when the accident occurred.

He was popular among his fellow firefighters and will be deeply missed. “He was a very knowledgeable and capable fire captain,” said Surrey Fire Fighters’ Association President Chris Keon. “His crews enjoyed working with him because of his friendly, easy-going attitude. He always had a big smile on his face.”

He is survived by his wife, Marisa, his children Maddie, Eddie, Lorena and Anthony, grandchildren Thalia, Kian, Sam and Natalie, and his mother, Lorna McKibbon.

Funeral services for McKibbon will be held on Friday Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. at Victory Memorial Park, 14831 28 Ave.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police watchdog finds cops blameless for deaths in 2019 Surrey hostage-taking

Woman was killed as ERT officers fired on man holding a knife to her throat and ‘what appeared to be’ a gun in his hand

Surrey’s two largest hotels are now closed due to COVID-19; room bookings plummet elsewhere

Guildford’s 77-room Four Points property remains open with ‘minimum amount of business,’ GM says

Some Surrey landlords ‘kicking out’ businesses that can’t make rent

Surrey Board of Trade CEO suspects situation will be worse in May

UPDATE: Catalytic converters stolen from four ambulances being repaired in Delta

The thefts were reported on March 31, and police say they have no suspects at this time

First Nations, remote communities need special attention in pandemic, Freeland says

Health-care workers, seniors, Indigenous Peoples some of people most at risk, health officials say

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

VIDEO: Dog missing in Lower Mainland since winter sees his family again for the first time

Aldergrove helped find Buster, says dad, who has now witnessed ‘the power of social media’

COVID-19: Social media use goes up as country stays indoors

Overall messaging is up more than 50 per cent over the last month

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Call before you dig into spring projects during isolation: BC 1 Call

BC 1 Call gives free checks for utilities in the area of a desired outdoor project

B.C.’s intersection speed cameras putting more tickets in the mail

One Nanaimo location delayed after speed limit reduced

Update: Coquihalla re-opens, after incident requiring a medevac

DriveBC warns of continued delays and congestion

Most Read