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FORD, Donald Wharton

FORD, Donald Wharton

Donald passed away on December 25, 2018 at the age of 70. He is survived by his sister Susan Kruse (Peter); and nephews Michael Kruse, Mark Kruse and Robert Kruse. Don is predeceased by his parents, Dick and Barbara Ford.

Don lived a full life with a very independent life style. He had a gift and a passion for gardening and landscaping which became very much an expression of him and this talent was appreciated by the people he worked for and the many friends who came to his various beautiful properties. This was especially true for his Christian Valley property which he so enjoyed sharing with friends and relatives. Don did so enjoy “entertaining”. He was happiest working outdoors with his various dogs around him.
He was also a talented writer who loved researching and recording the Family history. His knowledge of the Family was extensive and his writing most entertaining. He was also an active member of the Kelowna Historical Society.
Don was a talented builder, reflected in the beautiful and unique homes on Black Mountain and in the Christian Valley. He was an entrepreneur who co-owned a restaurant in Sorrento for a number of years, a successful “Berry Patch” on the Thomson property in the “Mission”, did community gardening and landscaping for many people in Okanagan Mission and Kelowna, and created a beautiful campground on his Christian Valley property.
His friends were numerous, his talents various, and yet he remained a very private person, so his one foray into the dramatic world in a play in Rock Creek was a surprise. Don was never predictable.
Don was a kind and generous brother to Susan (Peter), uncle to Michael, Mark and Robert and friend of many who will miss him dearly.
Finally, we want to thank all the friends who came to visit and reminisce with him. There will not be a service at his request, however donations to the BC Cancer Society will be appreciated.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com/obituaries/ford-donald-wharton/


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Condolence Messages
  • Jan 04, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss. Don was a good man, a friend, and such a leader in the Okanagan Historical Society. I am so sorry. My heart goes out to his family.
    Sincerely,
    Shannon Jorgenson
  • Jan 02, 2019
    My thoughts are with Don's loved ones. When I think of Don, the word that comes to mind is charisma. He could have played James Bond. He was kind with a wonderful smile and a twinkle in his eye. As the Rampones said, he made Kelowna, and B.C., a better place to live.
    Hilary Maranda
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Susan and family, so sorry to read about Don. Ran into him a few months ago at Save-On [getting dog food] we had a great talk about many things. I'm sure he is busy gardening in the sun and telling funny stories. I had no idea he wasn't well as we talked about getting together soon. Love Jane Nouwen [Hay] and family. Thinking of you.
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  • Jan 02, 2019
    Susan, Peter and family,
    It was sad to hear that Donald passed away. What a sad Christmas for
    all of you. I have fond memories of Christmas morning gatherings in
    the old days. Visits with Donald when he was at the berry patch were
    always interesting. He was very engaged in whatever he was up to.
    Thinking of you, Kirsty Thomson
  • Jan 01, 2019
    Don will be missed, he loved Kelowna and history. He made Kelowna and BC a better place to live. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Jan 01, 2019
    Don was a unique and talented man and great fun to be with. I have fond memories of growing up with your family and especially of a trip around England in a sports car with Don, almost 50 years ago. He was in his element with a fast car and interesting people to meet. He loved all his Mission relatives and helped many of them in their old age. Don was a great storyteller and an inspired host. But he valued his privacy and didn't suffer fools gladly! I will miss him.
    Robert Hobson
  • Dec 31, 2018
    Dear Susan, Peter and your family. We are so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Hoping his memory and legacy will be a great reminder of his love of life and involvement in the community. Our hearts go out to you in your loss. Hugs
    John and Marion (Favali) Rodall
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