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PETCH, Laurence

Passed away on February 3, 2015 at the age of 89 years. He is survived by his sister Dolores Meynell, his brother-in-law Arthur Kopp and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife Vera of 64 years and his brother Doug.

Laurence was born and raised in Rutland where he spent his entire life.  With his brother Doug, he founded L & D Petch Contracting, Ltd, a very successful local business that he and Doug operated for many years until retirement.

Laurence was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. Later in life he especially enjoyed RVing with family and friends. He had a strong community commitment, supporting local charities as well as serving for several years on the Board of Directors of Black Mountain Irrigation District.

No service by request, but as Laurence was always a great animal lover, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Kelowna SPCA, 3785 Casorso Road, Kelowna, BC.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

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  • Mary Mann (Minifie) says:

    My family was neighbors of Laurence and Vera, for many years. My Dad loved being backed onto their orchard. It was one of his high lights to go out in the spring and fall to help them with the orchard. They were great friends and neighbors. A family, part of Rutland’s history. My thoughts go out to the family.

  • Rita says:

    We lived next door to the shop for a number of years, as well my former husband drove logging truck for L & D Petch. Thoughts are with the family at this time of loss.

  • Domenic and Lina Rampone says:

    we knew Laurence all of lives.He was a man who was passionate about the Rutland area and proud of the people he knew and their accomplishments .

    He gave a lot young people their start in life with their first job

    our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Domenic and Lina Rampone

  • Skip & Diane Ratel says:

    Heartfelt condolences to Dolores and the rest of the families. Thinking of you and wish we were closer to be of more comfort.

  • Phil & Wendy Olinger says:

    On behalf of the Olinger family we send condolences to the Petch family. The local forestry influenced workforce has lost one more of it’s pioneering members. Great stories of L & D Petch and their family, remain in the memories and hearts of many.

  • Marlene Zvonarich says:

    My family the Pumphrey’s lived across the road for many years. I would like offer my heartfelt sympathy to the Petch family. Marlene.

  • Ramona Petch says:

    My condolences on the passing of Laurence. Always sad to hear about family moving on to better places.

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