It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a member of one of Kelowna’s founding families. Frederick Lewis Marshall passed away in the presence of his children, with courage and quiet dignity on January 14, 2009 at Kelowna General Hospital. He is predeceased by his parents Lewis and Adelbjorg, and brothers Rex, Harold and Elwyn. He leaves behind 57 years of love with his wife Dorothy.
A devoted father who exuded strength, wisdom and fairness, he will be deeply missed by his children David (Wanda), Alan (Donalda), Sheila Marshall, and Wendy (Jim) Andrews. He was a close friend and brother to Gordon (Anne), and a kind and proud grandfather to Brandon, Carling, Tyler, Cameron, Dorothy, Belle and Emily. He will be remembered with affection by many relatives and friends.
Dad’s special journey through life began in Kelowna on October 7, 1922. Raised on the family homestead in Glenmore, his early years were spent doing chores on the farm and hiking and hunting in the neighbouring hills with his four brothers. Dad attended primary and secondary school in downtown Kelowna. A serious and bright student, he was more interested in academics than sports, a preference which served him well throughout his life. Dad attended the University of British Columbia graduating with honours in 1948 with degrees in both Agriculture and Commerce.
Dad met his future wife, Dorothy, while she was working in Grandpa’s orchard and on September 3, 1951, they married. Mom was the apple of his eye all his life. They were perfect together as a loving and respectful team.
Dad built up one of the largest fruit growing operations in the Okanagan with orchards in Kelowna, Winfield, Oyama and Vernon. In the 1960’s, like his father before him, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Kelowna Grower’s Exchange. Throughout the years he held many prominent positions in the fruit industry and eventually became Director and President of B.C. Tree Fruits Ltd and SunRype Products Ltd. He was held in high esteem by his peers for his political skills, intellect, compromise, lack of self interest, and hard work.
When Dad retired at the age of 65 in 1988 he remained passionate about the tree fruit industry. His other hobbies included reading biographies and historical books, following world events, dabbling in the stock market, tending his rose garden and playing the piano. Dad was especially proud of his grandchildren’s accomplishments in academics, athletics, and music.
Dad always led by example with knowledge, understanding and eternal optimism. We are forever grateful.
Our family is extremely thankful for the wonderful care our father received from his caregivers Soledad & Jesús, Katherine, Eileen, Katrina and Hannah. Their concern and attention allowed Dad to remain active in the hobbies he cherished and to live safely in the family home for as long as he was able. Special appreciation and thanks is given to Drs. Erasmus, Carlyle and Pollock and the dedicated staff on KGH 5B. Their loving care and compassion allowed Dad to be comfortable and at peace in his final days.
A Remembrance of a cherished father, beloved husband, and respected citizen will be held on January 24, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at the First United Church, 721 Bernard Ave, Kelowna. A reception will follow in the church hall. In memory of our father, donations may be made to either the First United Church Memorial Fund or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting HYPERLINK “http://www.springfieldfuneralhome.com” www.springfieldfuneralhome.com 250-860-7077.
Good bye Dad. We miss your love and laughter.