MCCARTHY, Jack (Rodney Jackson)
Jack passed away peacefully at Central Okanagan Hospice House on June 23, 2018 at the age of 75. Jack leaves to mourn his wife of 53 years Marion, sons Jayson (Kim) and Cal (Laurel), and daughters Shannon (Ash) and Marni (Chris), many grandchildren and a very large extended family.
Jack had many careers in his life. Recording artist/musician, plumber, orchardist, rancher, businessman; but first and foremost, Jack was a community builder. His endeavors are visible throughout the community of Lake Country, not only manifest in the many years that he published The Calendar, Lake Country’s Community Newspaper, but also in the many parks projects, community and memorial events, functions and community groups and organizations that Jack helped to facilitate throughout the last half century. Jack was the organizer and head cheerleader for the creation and development of many of the parks and recreation facilities through Lake Country. Foremost, Jack Seaton Park, and the Winfield Arena and Recreation Centre, which he loved and contributed to not only in their creation, but by facilitating and fostering many of the community groups that use these facilities today. Winfield Minor Hockey and Winfield Figure Skating Club, Winfield Raiders Hockey Club, Winfield Curling Club, Huff and Puff Hockey, Half Century Hockey, Winfield Oldtimers Sports Association, and many of the groups that use the Winfield Seniors Activity Centre, all benefited from Jack’s support over the years. Winfield Minor Softball, Winfield Mens Softball, and Winfield Ladies Softball, and Lake Country Premium Mens Fastball also benefited from Jack’s significant effort and attention. As a long time member and Chairman for the Parks and Recreation Commission and Area A Advisory Commission, his commitment to improved community planning and development with both the Regional District of Central Okanagan and District of Lake Country was visible throughout the 1980’s, ‘90s and early 2000s.
There are few community organizations that Jack was not an active part of, and to try to list them all would only ensure some would be missed; it would be a very, very long list.
The community is invited to join the family at a celebration of Jack’s life during the afternoon of July 15, 2018 at George Elliott Secondary School, starting at about 1 pm.
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