Details set for Tom Foord service

A service for Kal Tire founder Tom Foord will be held May 1 at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Vernon

Funeral arrangements for one of the North Okanagan’s leading citizens are now known.

A service for Tom Foord will be held May 1 at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Vernon.

Foord, who died April 12 at age 89, founded Kal Tire in 1953.

It is Canada’s largest independent tire dealership, with 4,600 employees in 20 countries. The corporate office remains in Vernon and a new building is being constructed on Kalamalka Lake Road.

Foord was also extremely active in the community.

He was active in the opening of the People Place, which provides non-profit agencies with affordable space. He also supported the North Okanagan Neurological Association’s construction of a new child development centre.

Other charities supported by Foord included the North Okanagan Hospice Society, United Way, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the North Okanagan Community Life Society.

He received the Freedom of the City — Vernon’s highest honour — in 2007 and was named to B.C.’s Business Laureates Hall of Fame in 2006. He also received the Order of B.C. in 2000.