BUSCH, Alan Ernest
October 20, 1960 — November 7, 2018
Alan Ernest Busch passed away surrounded by loved ones on the morning of November 7, 2018 at the age of 58. Alan was born in Kelowna on October 20, 1960 to Ernest and Angelina Busch. It was at Kelowna Secondary School that Al met his future wife and the love of his life, Deborah Ann Rickards. Al and Debbie married on August 31, 1985 and spent several months travelling through Europe on their Honeymoon. This was the first of many wonderful adventures together around the world.
Al went on to study at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce and obtaining the designation of Certified Accountant. The couple moved to Vernon where he began working at KPMG from 1986 until 1990. It was in Vernon that Al and Debbie welcomed their first child, Sarah, into the world. Shortly after they moved back to Kelowna, the family of three quickly grew to five with the birth of their sons Stephen and Craig. During this time, Al joined his dad and brothers Ron, Ken and Mark in running and operating the family business OK Builders Supplies Ltd.
The Busch family has deep roots in the Okanagan. In 1914 Alan’s grandfather, Angelo Martin, immigrated from Italy and helped in the construction of the Kettle Valley Railway. In 1953, Alan’s father Ernest, uncle Raymond, and grandfather Michael started Busch Construction Company. As it grew, it later became Valley Building Materials Ltd. and finally OK Builders Supplies Ltd. The family history was instrumental in the early formation and growth of the Okanagan Valley that we know today. In 1995, after the passing of his father Ernest, Al took on the role of President of OK Builders Supplies, a title he was proud to carry.
Amongst balancing a busy family and work-life, Al always found time for the things he loved most. He was an avid football fan, global traveller, master pasta chef, classic rock connoisseur, and world-famous secret agent (at least according to him). Above all, Al was a man of integrity and he will be very dearly missed.
Al is survived by his wife Debbie and their children Sarah (David), Stephen (Weronika) and Craig (Stephanie); his mother Angelina Busch and mother-in-law Patricia Rickards; his brothers Ron (Terry), Ken (Debby) and Mark (Tammy); and many beautiful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Ernest and father-in-law Bradley Rickards.
We would like to thank Dr. Michael Banwell, Al’s brother-in-law Dr. Russell Naito, and the wonderful staff and volunteers of the BC Cancer Agency for their care and support. All are welcome to join us for Al’s Celebration of Life on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, please make donations on behalf of Alan Busch to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Central Okanagan Hospice Association, or BCSPCA.
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Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Springfield Funeral Home
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The service for BUSCH, Alan Ernest is scheduled for Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.