Local biz leader dies

A prominent Kelowna businessman has died suddenly.

Joshua Zieske died unexpectedly earlier this week. He was 41.

Zieske was one of three co-founders of Vineyard Networks, a tech company that provides network traffic monitoring and management solutions.

The company was established in 2008 by Zieske, Jason Richards and Derek Lownsbrough.

Five years later, they sold the company to Procera, a Silicon Valley-based company, for Cdn $28 million.

Zieske was also prominent within the rugby community. He played for a number of years, and was one of the founding members of the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts.

Friends are remembering Zieske on a dedicated Facebook page.

"Remembering the good times I got to share growing up with Josh Zieske! One of the smartest and strongest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. You will be missed, Friend! Gone way too soon. This is devastating news for many," wrote Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

"Josh was a true inspiration to be around and to work with, and I owe him a great deal when it comes to personal growth," said Johan Schyberg from Sweden.

"I had the pleasure of playing with Josh in 2008-09. As a young (Kelowna) Crow, I learned a lot from him, he was always patient, kind, fierce on the field and gentle off. He was a great example," said Cameron David Pierce.

A celebration of life will be held at the Kelowna Yacht Club Sunday at 2 p.m.

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