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BROUGHTON, Geoffrey Bruce

October 11, 1944 — February 15, 2019

We announce with love and sadness that Geoffrey Bruce Broughton went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on February 15th, 2019, with his family by his side. He was predeceased by his parents Eric Geoffrey (d.2005) and Doris Susannah “Susie” (d.2011) Broughton, and is survived by his wife Brenda Broughton, his son Wayne (Carrie) Broughton, daughter Jeannette (Dave) Vantil, sisters Julia (Jim) Happer and Annetta (Steve) Poolman, grandchildren Casey, Caleb, Natalie and Tor, and his five nephews and their families.

Geoffrey was born during wartime evacuation on October 11th, 1944 in Evesham, England. He grew up in Chiswick and Ealing in west London, and obtained his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham. It was there in 1964 that he met Brenda, who was a nurse at the local hospital. They married and moved to London in 1967, where Geoffrey worked on research in the Department of Anaesthetics at the Royal College of Surgeons to obtain his M.Phil. through the University of London.

After their first child Wayne was born in 1968, they moved to Toronto, Canada in 1969, where their second child Jeannette was born in 1971. Soon after this the young family moved west to British Columbia, living first in Richmond and later in Tsawwassen. Geoffrey’s career began with Orenda Engines in Ontario, and then continued in B.C. working with the Maintenance departments at Pacific Western Airlines, CP Air, Canadian Airlines, and finally Air Canada. He moved into management positions and eventually was the Director of Maintenance and Engineering before he retired in 2001. He and Brenda moved to Lake Country in the Okanagan in 2007.

Ever since his early days of rambling and hosteling in the English countryside, Geoffrey enjoyed hiking and being out in nature. He had a lifelong love of trains and was still in the midst of designing and building his own model railway at home. He volunteered at the Lake Country Museum, and has also left his family the extensive legacy of his many hours of work on our family genealogy.

Geoffrey was a role model of integrity to all who knew him as a kind, generous, and gracious gentleman. He was active in his church in each place he lived, serving his Saviour by helping others and working with youth. Intelligent, meticulous, thoughtful, quick to laugh, and ever ready to bend your ear on a subject he enjoyed, he will be deeply missed as a devoted and loving husband, exemplary dad and brother, wonderful Papa, and good-hearted friend.

His family would like to thank the medical staff at the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit at Kelowna General Hospital for all their compassion and care for Geoffrey in his final days.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm, at Grace Baptist Church in Kelowna, B.C.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstoke.ca or the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, www.kghfoundation.com. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00pm, at Grace Baptist Church in Kelowna, B.C.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. Link: www.heartandstoke.ca, www.kghfoundation.com


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The service for BROUGHTON, Geoffrey Bruce is scheduled for A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00pm, at Grace Baptist Church in Kelowna, B.C. . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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1150 Glenmore Dr, Kelowna, BC


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  • Elaine says:

    Kevin and I have so many great memories of Uncle Geoffrey. He will be so sorely missed. He was a wonderful man and such a great example to all. His legacy is a true reminder to be kind to others and live ones life with integrity and grace. We will miss you Uncle Geoffrey! Our thoughts are with you all in this extremely difficult time. xoxo

  • Wendy Jewell says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Geoffrey always happy and a bit reserved. I enjoyed our conversations at the library. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  • Cathryn Wellner says:

    Such shocking news. Robin and I remember well helping your folks move into their new Okanagan home. We are deeply saddened to learn he has left you all so suddenly.

  • Andrew Happer says:

    We will miss our Uncle Geoffrey who was a consummate gentleman. We treasure all of the happy times we got to spend together over the years. Those memories will carry us on to ensure we learn from his good nature and respect for other people. Love and hugs to Auntie Brenda, Wayne and Jeannette.

  • Jim and Sharolie Osborne says:

    We were deeply saddened to learn of Geoffrey’s unexpected passing. He was a man with an abundance of admirable qualities, prominent among these his good humour, high integrity and concern for others. We are proud to have shared a family connection through his son Wayne and our daughter Carrie and their children. His presence will be sorely missed by all who knew and admired him.

  • Lynda Nemeth says:

    I am truly sorry for the loss of a good friend whom I have known for years. Geoffrey and Brenda were one of the first to take us in when we first moved to Tsawwassen and began attending South Delta Baptist. Geoffrey has left a legacy that the family can be proud of. My thoughts and prayers are with Brenda, Wayne, Jeannette and families at this time.

  • Tom Liepins says:

    I’m deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Geoff . He had a significant impact on the success of my career at Canadian Airlines and Air Canada. His integrity and attention to detail were second to none. He used to say “ do the right thing for the airplanes” and I use this daily in my decision making. My condolences to the family. Tom Liepins

  • Christine Wiebe says:

    Saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff. I had the pleasure of working for Geoff at Canadian Airlines as his secretary back in the early 90’s and have such wonderful memories of his kindness and professionalism. He was an excellent teacher, patient and always thoughtful. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Lynne Blake says:

    Brenda and family, Geoffrey was a special member of the museum board and he is missed so much. I will miss his quick smile and can do attitude. Such a lovely and exceptional man. We always had a bit a laugh when we went to the same gym. Cherish you memories. Wishing you much love. Lynne Blake

  • Jim EGGEN says:

    Sorry for your loss. Geoffrey was one of the good guys. He will missed .

  • Don Robinson says:

    Liz and I both had the pleasure of working for Geoff at different times with Canadian . I admired his recognition and appreciation of excellence. I still recall the kind words he had for me when I retired in 1997. My condolences to Brenda and Wayne, and to the other members of the family.

  • Margot Taylor says:

    So very sad to hear of the loss of Geoff. I worked with him during his years at Canadi>n Airlines as a Suggestion Plan Administrator for Maintenance & Engineering. Geoff was an intimate part of that very successful program. I always remember his integrity and professional spirit. Condolences to his family — great man — gone too soon!

  • Monika Bruschinsky says:

    I am sorry to hear of Geoff’s passing. I was part of the M & E Administration office and knew and worked with Geoff for many years. He was always kind, thoughtful and considerate! May he rest in peace. My sympathies to the family!

  • Rita Letkeman says:

    Bob & i were so saddened to hear of Geoff’s passing. As a neighbor in Lk Country, Geoff was always willing to lend a hand. We were blessed to know him as a friend and neighbor. Our condolences to you Brenda and the family. May God be your comfort and strength 🙏🏻

  • Dan Effa says:

    Geoffrey’s character and spirit were and are noteworthy – he was an excellent role model and a gift to be around. Not only does the family grieve this loss, but also his friends, neighbours, the church and Lake Country community have experienced a significant loss as well. We need more like Geoffrey – may his legacy inspire us.

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