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WHATTAM, Marshall Graham Alexander

October 18, 1945 — February 3, 2021

The winds carry an air of deep sadness today with the loss of a kind, well-loved soul, Marshall Graham Alexander Whattam on February 3, 2021. Beloved soulmate and cherished husband to Colleen for over 30 years; stepfather to Jason Brolund (Shannon) and grandpa to cherished granddaughter Emily; stepfather to Jolene Brolund (Fiancée, Alex Miller) and grandpa to awesome grandsons Mason and Cole; brother-in-law to Murray Todd (Shelly) of  Armstrong, BC; brother to Robert Whattam; Marshall is also survived by many well-loved nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family members. Marshall was predeceased by sister-in-law Carole Whattam (d. March 2020), of Orleans, Ontario and sister Joan Donnelly (d. February 2015).

Marshall was born in Oshawa, Ontario October 18, 1945 to Emma Elizabeth Whattam (née Marshall) and Kenneth George Thomas Whattam. Marshall was a friend to many with a selfless demeanor whom he shared his “Royal Service” as Manager of Princess Auto, Kelowna, BC for over 27 years. It wasn’t always just about the product but the people he could please. Today Marshall’s photo graces the “Wall of Fame” in Princess Auto’s Head Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba, whereupon his retirement (2009) he was recognized and honoured as an outstanding leader in a successful company.

Marshall was admired and respected and his endeavours made him friends wherever he went. Marshall enjoyed a good conversation. Marshall will be missed and lovingly remembered by many.

Marshall was passionate with wood and loved to share his Wood Turning creations. His love for nature and adventurous spirit allowed him many cycling, camping and kayaking adventures. Marshall and Colleen loved to travel, blessed to most recently experience Latin America, The Cook lslands, Thailand, Peru, Ireland, Maui, Mexico, Dominican, and New Zealand were all Marshall’s favourites.

Marshall never shied from helping others or hard work. He loved his Okanagan home where he enjoyed quiet relaxation, music, a glass of wine, simple contemplation and his love for reading and books. Marshall valued time with friendships. He looked forward to time spent with family taking great pride in all their accomplishments.

Marshall fought a long, courageous battle with heart failure and will always be respected for his passion for life.

There is no “goodbye” Marshall, you will live on in our hearts forever. I will always be thankful for being loved by you.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. M. Sorestad, Okanagan Hospice House, and the caring staff at West Kelowna Pharmasave.

A profound thank-you goes out to all who have given unending support on this journey to both Marshall and Colleen. Jason and Jolene your steadfast love will never be forgotten.

Internment entrusted to Springfield Funeral Services will take place at Peachland Cemetery, regretfully with only family members present. In Lieu of flowers, you may donate to Knowledge Network Corp. of British Columbia, www.knowledge.ca

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.

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  • Kim Whattam says:

    Colleen and family,
    Sending you much love during this unbelievably difficult time. Marshall was so lucky to be surrounded by such a loving family.
    Jeff and Kim Whattam

  • Alaina, Oliver & Wally Penner says:

    Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to your family. The news of Marshall’s passing saddens our family. We will remember Marshall fondly. I remember that he loved kayaking on Okanagan lake ! Hugs and love to all of you ! ❤️

    Alaina, Oliver and Wally

  • Christine Micallef says:

    Our Most Sincere Condolences, we will miss dear Marshall. Love to Colleen&Family, and special Hugs to each of the Grandkids. From Tom and Christine

  • Marlene L MacFarlane says:

    Colleen and family I am so very sorry and please accept my deepest condolences in your loss of Marshall. Your hearts are broken but your memories will live, and bind you all to happier times. Huge hugs to all. Fondly, Marlene

  • Suzy Teed and Dick West says:

    Dear Colleen and family,
    Marshall’s smile will never be forgotten. Hats off to him for his long courageous fight to stay with his loved ones and the life he cherished. Colleen you and the family did so much to ease his suffering during his difficult times. He was loved well and he knew it
    Love Suzy and Dick

  • Susan lopatecki says:

    Dear Colleen and family, We send our thoughts and love to you at this difficult time.

  • Terry Haas says:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • emily says:

    So sorry to hear of Marshall’s passing. I worked with him (long distance) for a number of years. I always enjoyed my conversations with him. Such a kind hearted and friendly gentleman. Deepest condolences to Colleen and family. Emily

  • Stan Shum says:

    Dear Colleen and family,
    I am so sorry to hear Marshall’s passing. I always enjoyed chatting with Marshall either in person or over the phone when we both were working at Princess Auto. He was always very helpful.
    My sincere condolences to you and please take care of yourself at this difficult time.

  • Arvind Naran says:

    Saddened to hear the loss of a good friend and an excellent mentor for our team at Princess Auto. May god bless the Divine Soul – Lots of love and Light to the Divine Soul in its Journey Forward. Heartiest Condolences to the Family and lots of Spiritual Blessings and strength coming your way in this difficult times. Will be sadly missed by all.
    Om Shanti.

  • Marko Groesch says:

    Dear Colleen and Family,
    My sincere and deepest condolences for the loss of a beautiful and peaceful man. I will always remember his wonderful smile and happy disposition….a true gem of a person whom I will deeply miss seeing, but will remember always.

  • Dee and Craig Radford says:

    To Colleen ,Jason ,Joleen and family….we lost a good one….Marshall was a man of Integrity,Compassion and Love and a real Gentleman….we think about his hearty laugh and generosity and his willingness to help others(we knew this first hand.)….as I used to tell my Kindergarten classes(including Jason and Jolene) that when a loved one dies ,there is a special baby born somewhere that can’t replace that person but helps us to understand the Circle of Life…please hold all those wonderful memories in your hearts and know that we share your pain…we are going to miss you,my friend…we are here for you!!..much love,The Radfords

  • Sonia and Nigel Chippindale says:

    We’re thinking of you Colleen. You and Marshall were for many years the best of friends and neighbors to our parents. We also remember fondly our own visits to Peachland and the good times we had together.
    Sonia and Nigel in Ottawa

  • Davis Vitale says:

    To Colleen & Family. So sorry to hear about your loss. I worked with Marshall for many years at Princess Auto & he was a great help. Marshall always took the time to answer any questions I had & I had lots. He taught me a lot & I will always be grateful Everyone who worked with him liked him. I will remember the good times we had together my Friend.

  • Dave Cocking and Carol Wilson says:

    Colleen, Jason, and Jolene … we send our most profound condolences to you. Words cannot express our sadness as Marshall was a good friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please take care and you are in our thoughts.

  • Margery Sutton says:

    My Condolences, thoughts and prayers go to you, Colleen, Jason & Jolene. We will miss Marshal’s smile and warm friendly nature. Hugs, Margery

  • Arthur & Lynda says:

    Dear Colleen, both Arthur and I are deeply sorry to hear the passing of Marshall. You will always be on our mind. Please take care of yourself.

  • Olive and Perry Reid, and Girls says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to Colleen and family on the loss of your dearest Marshall.
    He was a true gentleman; always kind and thoughtful to all in his presence.
    From your loving cousin and family in Northern Ireland.

  • Ray Todd says:

    Dear Colleen, and Family,
    Barbara and I are saddened to hear of Marshall’s passing. We always enjoyed our family gatherings and the interesting conversations that followed, (not to mention the great food). Marshall will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and the family at this time.
    Love ,
    Ray and Barbara Todd

  • LANCE HICKS says:

    Colleen, All of us who had that pleasure of knowing, and sharing a story with Marshall feel a profound loss and send our condolences to you and your family.
    Lance and Monika Hicks

  • Scott, Jin and Hannah says:

    Colleen and family, we are so sorry to hear of Marshall’s passing. But are so happy that my family were able to meet you and Marshall in summer of 2011. We are thinking of you. Take care.

  • Grandson Mason says:

    I miss you so much Grandpa. I really did not want you to go, but now you are at Peace. Thankyou for being such a wonderful grandpa, You left many memories in my heart. Love Mason oxox

  • Hien Le says:

    Dear Colleen and family,
    We are so sorry and heartbroken for your loss. Marshall was such a nice kind person. We will definitely miss him at our salon. Hope you get through this time. Our love, Hien, Katie, Sarah, Joan at Polished.

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Glenn Ablewhite says:

    I’m Glenn. My dad and I use to go to Princess Auto in Kelowna when Marshall worked there at the old Princess Auto store on Kirchner. My dad passed away back in 20/10 .Marshall was the nicest sales guy in Princess Auto. My dad always had Marshall do all our hydraulic lines for our backhoe. He alway took the extra time to please his customers . Dad and I got along with him so well. He was a friendly kind man always there to help and please his customers. I’m sure he’s talking to my dad right now. My condolences to his family. I didn’t know about his passing. I happen to have an old Princess Auto magazine with his pictures in it.
    Best Regardes Glenn Ablewhite and my dad (Bill)

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