George Nairn Ricketts passed away peacefully at Gateby Place on Dec. 24, 2003. George was born in Vernon on April 29, 1923 and lived all of his life here except for the time he served overseas during the war. He was predeceased by his mother Agnes in 1927, his father Dan in 1956, his son Danny in 1979 and his sister Agnes in 1991. George is survived by Irene, his loving wife of 55 years, his daughter Maureen (Rob) Irwin, his son George (Darlene) Ricketts, six grandchildren; Teresa (Kurt) Wittig, Robyn Irwin, Darren Irwin, Courtenay Ricketts (Steve Medwedew), Chelsea Ricketts and Jeff Ricketts, three great-grandchildren; Tyler and Brody Wittig and Grayson Medwedew as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
In 1966 George gave up farming on his acreage on Okanagan Landing Road and over a 25 year period he and Irene developed Big Chief Mobile Home Park. A project he was very proud of. His love of spending time with people also led him to become an active member in both the Royal Canadian Legion and the Elks Club. As a getaway, George and Irene went to Arizona every winter for about 20 years. He loved spending time down south where he enjoyed the warm weather, golfed, played tennis and mastered shuffleboard. He and Irene also traveled extensively to other parts of the world: England, Scotland, Italy, France, Sicily, Holland, Belgium, Cuba, Mexico, Alaska and South America where they cruised the Amazon River.
There will be no funeral service at this time as a celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in George’s memory can be made to a local charity of choice.