We Remember

Whillis, Robert John

March 4, 1948 — April 12, 2012


The peaceful passing of John Whillis occurred at Hospice House in Kelowna, following a battle with cancer.  John was born in Kelowna to Jim and Bernice (Bunnie) Whillis. John graduated from Kelowna High School in 1966 and Washington State University in 1970 (BA Econ).  He worked for Royal Trust until September 1975 when he moved to the Bahamas with RoyWest Trust Corporation.  He then lived in Cayman Islands Nov 1978 – May 1981, Isle of Man to Sept 1982, Jersey CI to Dec 1984, Bahamas to Feb 1987, and back to Isle of Man till Aug 2009.  He left the Bank at the end of 1990 to start his own business Fiduciary Management Services Limited.  He sold out to Maitland Trustees in April 1997 and worked with that firm until he fully retired and moved back to Kelowna in 2009.  In addition to his philanthropic work, John was instrumental in the origins and development of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, now an international organization, and was recently recognized by the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man for his contribution to the Island.

For those of us who were lucky enough to have John as a friend, we will all remember him for his two passions, golf and bridge.

John is survived by three aunts, eleven cousins, and many close friends.  Friends and family are invited to a reception at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club on May 5th, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. to celebrate John’s life.  Please e-mail rjwestate@hotmail.com for more information.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and/or to the BC Cancer Foundation in memory of the Whillis family.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Kelowna Golf & Country Club

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Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and/or to the BC Cancer Foundation


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The service for Whillis, Robert John is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Kelowna Golf & Country Club

1297 Glenmore Drive Kelowna, BC


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  • Jenny and John Saunders. says:

    We have lost a very special person.John touched the hearts of all of us in Castletown.So sad, but all our memories will be of the good times, spent with John.Rest in peace John.

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