Weatherill, Donald Neill

Donald Neill Weatherill born March 22, 1922 in Kelowna B C, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 25, 2012. Survived by his loving family, sons Bob (Lillian), Brian (Lilo), Gary (Monika), Gordon (Shelagh) and David (Joanne), 14 grandchildren Darrell (Jonna), Carrie-Lynn, Jennifer (Keith), Daniel (Ebony) Kaitlin, Sydney, Lisa, Meghan, Lindsay, Andrew, Scotty, Brad (Jenn), Steffanie, Brittney and 8 great grandchildren (Keaton, Reese, Brennen, Lincoln, Tayson, Alyssa, Ashton and Lauren). Also survived by in laws Stella Weatherill, Marion Allen & Doug Wylie, and many nieces & nephews.

Predeceased by his loving wife Doris, parents Harry and Grace Weatherill, brothers Harry and Robert and sister Bet.

Dad was born in Kelowna but grew up in Vernon after his parents relocated to assist in the establishment and management of Bulman’s Cannery at the start of the great depression in 1929. After graduation from Vernon Senior High School in 1940 Dad joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served as a fighter pilot mainly in England and in India. After the war, he returned to Vernon and married his high school sweetheart Doris Wylie in 1946. From 1946 to 1949, he attended UBC and obtained his bachelor of science in agriculture degree majoring in plant science. After graduation he and his young family returned to Vernon where he joined Bulman’s as the field service representative and he and Mom bought a small acreage in the Coldstream where they raised their five boys. When Bulman’s wound down in the late 1960’s, Dad acted as a local and regional sales representative for various agricultural service organizations and retired in 1987 at the age of 65. He and Mom were very active in church, the Boy Scouts and many other charitable organizations. They loved their little farm and garden raising numerous animals, varieties of fruits and vegetables that were donated or given away as well as Chrysanthemums and Poinsettias for the Christmas season.

Dad loved Mom, loved his family and loved people. He was always genuinely interested in others and helped whenever he could.

He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

A memorial service in celebration of Dad’s life will be held at Grace Bible Church at 5661 Silver Star Road, Friday November 2 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Larry Woelke and Pastor Greg Sumner officiating. Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd. are in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Grace Bible Church, the charity of your choice or perhaps go to Denny’s with a friend, have a “Senior’s Grand Slam” meal and share a memory of Don Weatherill.

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