Geoff passed away after a brief illness on August 23, 2016 at the age of 69. He is survived by his very loving wife of 33 years, Marci; 5 children: Chandra (Bill) Stevenson, Travis (Sheri) Paynter and their daughter Paige, Brent (Renata) Detta and their children Teigen and Palmer; Nigel (Hayley) Paynter and their children Hattie and River, Pete (Tonia) Detta and their daughter Taryn; he is also survived by his mother Sheila Paynter, 5 siblings: Gillian (Mike) Evans, Farlie Paynter, Henry (Barb) Paynter, David (Laurie) Paynter, Alisen Paynter and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Henry at age 98. A Celebration of Geoff’s Life will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Emmanuel Church, 2600 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Plan Okanagan, 1650 Bernard Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 6R9 or Kelowna Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2Z6.
Some reflections about the life of Geoffrey Paynter
Geoffrey, from a pioneering farming family in Westbank, was a business man, entrepreneur, grape grower, developer, a caring, compassionate, positive human being with a huge heart for all.
Geoffrey started haying in the hayfields on Shannon Lake Road (now a part of the Shannon Lake Golf Course) when he was 12 years old. He worked for a long time with his uncle Art and his cousin George whom he always admired. He served the community in the 70’s as a Director on the Irrigation District and then again as the regional District Director for this area from 1975-1981 and then from 1990-1993.
He had an incredible work ethic which he passed on to all his children: Chandra, Travis, Nigel, and later on to Brent and Peter as well. He worked on the family farm until 1990 when he quit the farm to do pursue other opportunities. It was in this time that he logged his property in order to provide for his family.
As a developer, Geoffrey is best known for a couple of subdivisions, Shannon Woods, which he developed on a handshake with Sherwin Goerlitz and Tuscany Drive which he developed with Bob Levy.
He was a member of an organization called CAFE (Canadian Association of Family Enterprises) which promotes a smooth transition of assets from one generation to the next.
He planted grapes a number of years ago on property that his sons Travis and Nigel own on Glencoe Road. When these young men and their wives decided to put a wine shop and a wedding venue on their property, he was there to not just advise them, but to get dressed in his work clothes to work every day on the property. His signature is noticed from the rock wall at the entry, to all the finishing work in the concrete at their winery on Glencoe Road called Off The Grid Organic Winery.
He had a fabulous relationship with all of his kids (his family and Marci’s family were blended in 1983 and their adventures continued as a family.) He loved to travel so travel he and Marci did: 15 cruises, lots of trips with kids and grandkids –Disneyworld, Disneyland, around North America in a Dodge Grand Caravan with 5 teenagers!! And a wonderful trip to Europe 2 years ago.
Geoff and Marci loved taking people out in their houseboat which they did very often – actually 80 times last year. This year they offered their houseboat to 4 groups for fund raisers to help raise funds for such organizations as PLAN Okanagan, Canadian Mental Health Association, Easter Seals and the Catholic School.
He adored and worked with all 5 of his children and cherished his 6 grandkids.
He will be known forever for his generosity of time and money, his gentle spirit, his expertise in so many areas, his unconditional love for his family and loyalty for his friends. He will be sorely missed in this community.
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The service for PAYNTER, Geoffrey is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.