FLETCHER, Thomas Ewan (Ian)
It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the passing of THOMAS EWAN (IAN) FLETCHER, 83, husband of Margaret and our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather on Good Friday, March 25, 2016 surrounded by family at the Central Okanagan Hospice House, Kelowna, BC. Left to mourn is his wife of 60 years, Margaret and their children: Debra, Derek, Greg, Peggy (Len) and Karen; grandchildren: Tamara (Ryan) Palmer, Chelsey Wyght, Valena (Shawn) Bevans, Haydn Stringer, Justin Stringer, Clay Wyght and Cheyenne Fontaine; great-grandchildren: Kash Palmer, Brock Bevans, Duke Bevans, Shay Palmer: niece Julie Hayward of South Africa and his special cousin Roy (Brenda) Fletcher who was more of a brother than a cousin. Ian was predeceased by his parents, Margaret Robertson Scrimgeour Cuthbert and Thomas Fletcher, his sister, Jean Winterflood, brother-in-law David Winterflood and daughter-in-law Laurie Fletcher. Ian was born August 11, 1932 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, UK, growing up in Everdon, along with his older sister Jean. Ian briefly served with the RAF, traveling to Germany just after WW2. He emigrated to Canada on the Queen Mary in 1954 and met Margaret shortly after arriving. They were married at St. George’s Anglican Church in Battleford, Saskatchewan on September 17, 1955. Ian worked for the Heinz Company and traveled all over Saskatchewan as a salesman, living in Prince Albert, Saskatoon and eventually arriving in Rosetown where he bought a small grocery store that he expanded into one of the largest stores in town. Ian loved being an active member of the community, he would support a free matinee for children at the local theatre just before Christmas and provide bags of candy, peanuts and a mandarin orange for Santa to give out to all in attendance, he would also send flowers to each new patient at the local hospital – a chrysanthemum with a bumble bee attached. Yes, he loved the Rosetown community and fondly remembered many friends. While in Rosetown, dad realized a dream of becoming a pilot, even convincing mom to get her licence, owning and flying his Cessna to locations such as Acapulco. We loved to hear stories and being part of his adventures in CF-NBB and CF-QNT. Dad worked hard to provide for his family and loved to travel to locations like Paris, England, Mexico, South Africa, and of course – Disneyland! Ian sold Fletcher’s IGA in 1977 and the family moved to Calgary where he became one of the top realtors in the city. When he moved to Kelowna. B.C he opened the first RE/MAX franchise in British Columbia. After retirement, the gardening bug hit him and he loved to putter around his yard and in the garden- he so looked forward to the new potatoes of the season. Ian had a great sense of humour – and loved to share the “newest” joke and retelling of the old. He loved his family, his children and most of all his grandchildren – he was proud of each of them. Thank you dad for your love and support. A Celebration of Ian’s life will be held, Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm at St. George’s Anglican Church, 3690 Brown Road, West Kelowna, BC with Rev. Canon Roger Cooper presiding. The family would like to thank Drs. Obedkoff & Imrie, the staff and volunteers at the Central Okanagan Hospice House for their loving and compassionate care of Ian. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House www.hospicecoaha.org
“Flight Plan of Ian Fletcher – Closed March 25, 2016 @ 1315 hrs”
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The service for FLETCHER, Thomas Ewan (Ian) is scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.