Dejan (D.J.) Rasovic is being remembered as a great family man and community leader.
Rasovic, 40, was killed Monday afternoon when he was crushed by a piece of equipment on his property on Fairwind Court in East Kelowna.
He moved to the Okanagan about a dozen years ago with his family from Vancouver.
According to Dan Jovanovich, a spokesman for Saint Elijah Serbian Orthodox Missionary Parish, Rasovic's loss is being felt within the Serbian community both in the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland.
"He was involved with the church parish since he arrived in Kelowna. He's been an active participant, he's been on the board of directors and he's been president of the Parish for a couple of different terms," says Jovanovich.
"He was an amazing family man and a good role model to all. Everybody really, really liked him at the church Parish."
Jovanovich says news of Monday's tragic accident was very surreal, coming just a day after a positive and uplifting church AGM.
"He was very optimistic about the future. With some successful years we finally had managed to retire our mortgage debt for the Church Parish.
It was an exciting time. We were talking about future planning and he was very encouraging - it was just such a positive day."
Jovanovich says Rasovic was a credit manager at a local car dealership before returning to his 'true love', construction.
He built up a successful company, Vivar Contracting, before his untimely death.
"He was constructing his home. He's got other projects he was managing but his home was a long term plan," says Jovanovich.
"Any spare time he had, he would devote to some project on the home."
Rasovic was working on a dump truck at the home when he was crushed.
A worker, scheduled to do some work on the home, and a relative, found Rasovic's body.
He leaves behind a wife and three children.