Donald Neill Weatherill, BSc’49

Born in Kelowna on March 22, 1922, Donald Neill Weatherill passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 25, 2012. Survived by his loving family: sons Bob (Lillian), Brian (Lilo), Gary (Monika), Gordon (Shelagh) and David (Joanne); 14 grandchildren; and eight great‑grandchildren. Predeceased by his loving wife, Doris; parents Harry and Grace Weatherill; brothers Harry and Robert; and sister Bet.

Don grew up in Vernon after his parents relocated to assist in the establishment and management of Bulman’s Cannery in 1929. After graduating high school in 1940, Don joined the RCAF and served as a fighter pilot mainly in England and India. After the war, he returned to Vernon and married his high school sweetheart, Doris Wylie, in 1946. After receiving his BSc, Don and his young family returned to Vernon, where he joined Bulman’s as the field service representative, and he and Doris bought a small acreage in the District of Coldstream, where they raised their five boys. In the late 1960s, Don acted as a local and regional sales representative for various agricultural service organizations, eventually retiring in 1987.

He and his wife were very active in church, the Boy Scouts and many other charitable organizations. They loved their little farm and garden, raising numerous animals, and varieties of fruits and vegetables that were either donated or given away, as well as Chrysanthemums and Poinsettias for the Christmas season. He loved his wife, his family and loved people. He was always genuinely interested in others and helped whenever he could. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. Donations can be made to Grace Bible Church or the charity of your choice.

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