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Life lost in Rutland vineyard

A family member has contact Castanet with more details regarding this sad story.

Kalvin Kilgren, grandson of the man who died, said his grandfather was named Bert Teather.

The farm is locally known as 'The Grape Patch.' Teather, 79, had been running the vineyard almost exclusively by himself for 40 years.

All of the grapes were sold off the farm and the family is unsure whether the Patch will be open this year.

"The sad reality is that none of us have nearly the level of knowledge and skill Grandpa had," said Kilgren. "Grandpa was known to throw entire crops in the garbage if they were not up to his standards and would not want us selling anything less than premium quality grapes."

"We are unsure as to whether we can pull it off."

The family has asked people to stop calling or visiting the farm unless for urgent matters.

Condolences can be sent to: The Teather Family - 1466 Latta Road, Kelowna, BC, V4V 1B4.

A family is in mourning after a Rutland man passed away in a possible workplace accident this afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m. Friday, emergency crews responded to a medical emergency on Latta Road in Rutland.

First responders arrived to find an older man on the ground, in the middle of a small vineyard. 

It appeared the man had been working in the grape rows when he suffered an unknown trauma and fell from his tractor.

A family member, who identified herself as the man's daughter, was called to the property.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Check back for updates.


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