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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.

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St. George's Anglican Church,

3690 Brown Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • Chris Woodburn says:

    We had the pleasure of meeting Ian while my sister Glynn was across the hall from his room. the time spent in conversation with Ian was some of the most memorable of my experience at the Hospice House. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to know him.

    • Peggy Fletcher says:

      Thank you Chris. Dad spoke very highly of you, your mom and your niece and enjoyed your conversations. God Bless.

  • Paula Farr says:

    Sincere condolences from Paula and Ann and Frank Farr. So many memories over the years with Mr. Fletcher and the whole Fletcher family and it all started when we moved next door to them in Calgary in 1978! 38 years ago! Our thoughts are with you and sincere regret that I can not attend the service on Friday. With much love to all of you -Paula!

  • Julie Hayward says:

    To my beloved and only Uncle Ian. Although we very rarely saw each other, always living so far away, you always kept in touch with me and emailed me on a regular basis, I hope you realised how much you meant to me . I miss you already, but I also know you were ready to go. I know you are in a better place now with your sister and other loved ones.
    Rest in peace Dear Uncle I love you…..love and best wishes Julie ,Grahame, Samantha and Natasha.xxx

  • David and Barbara Clarke (UK) says:

    It was always nice to come and see you when visiting Canada and you never forgot Everdon village, your Dads old butchers shop and the Bluebell Woods where you grew up, sad you were not able to see them once more, but very fond memories. Sadly missed David and Barbara – good night and God bless

  • Joe Hipkin says:

    I remember going to Fletchers IGA as a small child and we were always greeted by Mr Fletcher as my parents shopped for our weeks groceries..I will never forget his kindness.. Condolences to the Fletcher family in your time of loss, ..Joe Hipkin

  • Reg Bugler says:

    My family’s sencere condolences being sent to all who loved and cherished this wonderful man.
    Although I never met him just by reviewing his obituary it shares alot about him and his commitment to his family responsibilities.

  • Beverly Allen says:

    I appreciate this wonderful family, like family for they are so hospitable and loving. Ian was always such a happy person and caring for his family; and many adventures to share of his life! Healing prayers to all this wonderful family Ian may you rest in peace and be proud of all your creations! You lived life to the fullest; and we all will miss you! You gave us hope to carry on your humor and loving ways; and gardening too! Rest in peace and love to all, Wherever you are and have been, we are lucky to be with you in memory and spirit! Love to all!

  • dave kozak says:

    My heart and prayers go out to Margaret and family tonight.
    I have known ian for a number of years. A gracious man and friend. He will be missed. I feel honored to have known him.

  • Maureen Henderson says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. It is always a difficult time and we never seem to be ready to let go. I wish you the love and warmth of your family at this tough time. I am sending a warm, slow hug from Rosetown. Mom sends her condolences and wishes you the peace of the Lord.

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