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SWAIL, Ronald Everton

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

Ronald Everton Swail, age 87, passed away on March 14, 2020 with his family by his side.  He will be missed by his wife Wilma; daughters Dawn (Vern) and Diane (Mike); son Shawn (Heather); grandchildren Amanda, Brant (Melissa), Tori, Alex, Miranda, Dylan and Madison; great grandchildren William and Norah; as well as brothers Ralph (Audrey) and Wes (Eileen).  He was predeceased by his parents Wesley and Tory.

Ron was born on July 11, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  His banking career brought him to Kelowna, BC a city which brought him great joy.  He was entrusted with the opening of the first Bank of British Columbia in Kelowna in 1970, prior to being promoted to the Vancouver head office.  After deciding to leave the bank in 1975, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit in launching Lincoln Leasing in 1976, collaborating to start the Kelowna Packers Junior hockey club in 1984, and partnering to build Shadow Ridge Golf Course in 1987.

Over the years, he was an active volunteer in Shriners, as well as minor hockey and baseball.  Ron was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club.  He loved his church and was a devoted family man and friend.

The family is very thankful to his care team, Dr. Carver, Dr. Finch, Dr. Carter and the Palliative Care nurses.  The Hospice House staff were a great comfort to Ron and his family in his final days.

A private family memorial will be held.   In lieu of flowers, donations made to the BC Cancer Foundation, bccancerfoundation.com or the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, hospicecoha.org would be appreciated.

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  • Pat says:

    Oh Diane, I am so sorry about the passing of your Dad. Hugs to you and Mike and your kids. 😘

  • Donna Schur says:

    My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Debra Brosseuk says:

    My deepest condolences to Sean and Heather and for the rest of the family. He is with his Heavenly Father now., smiling looking down at all the wonderful people remembering him fondly.

  • Cheryl Rennie says:

    Very sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you and my heart goes out to you all

  • Bob and Suzanne Chavarie says:

    Wilma and family,
    Wilma and family,
    Thinking of you Wilma with deepest sympathy!
    Bob & Suzanne Chavarie

  • Janet Dickson says:

    A sad time when someone so dear has departed.
    I have fond memories of your Dad when you all came to visit in the summers.
    He will long be fondly remembered.

  • Ron and Bonnie Mantey says:

    Our sympathies to you and your entire family. Thinking of all of you in this difficult time.

  • Heather MacQuoid says:

    Diane please know that we are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family. Hugs from Heather and Paul

  • Cheryl Reimer Marr says:

    My thoughts are with all of you as you process your loss.

  • Linda Downard says:

    Ron was just the nicest man I’ve ever had occasion to meet. I delivered his paper to your door every morning and he always had a kind word for me any time we met. My condolences to the family.

  • Michelle Belch says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Warmest regards, Michelle

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