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Colin Elliott shuffled off this Mortal Coil on January 12th at the fine age of 93.

Colin was born in Nottingham, England on January 24, 1928. After school, he joined the Royal Air Force and went to college.

Dad left England on a ‘round the world adventure’ in 1951, with his ‘old mate’ Frank Butler. First stop was Toronto. Colin then journeyed to Saskatchewan to visit a nurse by the name of Marie Clarke. Dad had met Marie while he was a patient in Nottingham General Hospital. He thought she had provided him with exceptional care. That was the end of his ‘round the world trip. Their relationship flourished, and they were married, In Saskatoon, on December 4, 1953. In their spare time they had three boys.

In 1962 the family spent the year in England while Colin received his diploma in Health Administration. The family returned to Canada. Colin worked as a hospital coordinator in Humboldt and Yorkton and then as the Hospital Administrator  in Prince George. The family moved to Kelowna in 1972.  He  was CEO of Kelowna General Hospital and  retired in 1989 as CEO of the   Okanagan Similkameen  Health Region. Professionally, Colin volunteered as President of the BC Health Association. After retirement, he was a board member of the Nature Trust, Chairperson of Interior Savings Credit Union and of  the United Way. He enjoyed many years as a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. He loved Kelowna!

Dad had many friends, particularly his ‘old mates’ Frank, Tony, and Malcolm. They went on  many expeditions together, including a brief period lost in the wilderness.  His friends at the Four Seasons  Racquet  Club  acknowledged  that he  was an  average racquetball player. He had a pass to Big White for many years. He exercised at  CNC and then H20 until he was 88.

His eight grandchildren David, Mark, Nicole and Jeff, Cody and Kate, and Sarah and Michael will remember him for his many expressions …including hoy up, cloth ears and little tadpole. Dad loved his grandkids and taking them for rides in his Triumph TR3. Dad welcomed his first great-grandchild, Indira, into the world on October 14, 2021.

Dad was an amazing role model. He was hard-working, honest, intelligent and frugal. He taught us that a sense of humour made life more enjoyable. Our friends were always welcome in their home. His family cherishes the times spent together, especially those in their backyard pool, where he demonstrated his impressive jackknife We were also lucky to enjoy many tropical vacations together.

Colin leaves his dear wife Marie and sons Allan (Peggy), Philip (Linda) and Keith (Heidi). Colin was predeceased by Allan’s wife, Donna. A reception will be held at a future non-covid time, where single crown scotch will be served with a mouldy Stilton cheese.

Cheerio old chap.

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