Respected farmer passes

A well-known fruit farmer and agricultural advocate in the South Okanagan has died.

Greg Norton, 65, passed away last weekend after a wedding in Mexico, reports the Oliver Daily News.

Prior to his death, Norton sat on the board of the BC Agricultural Land Commission. He was also a member and spokesperson of the Grasslands Park Review Coalition, a group opposed to a national park in the South Okanagan.

Farming in Oliver since 1988, he was a past president and director of the Okanagan Cherry Growers Association, past chair and director of the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, past vice-president of the BC Wildlife Federation, and the founding chair of the Sterile Insect Release Program.

His biography on the ALC website states he was also involved with several other community groups and committees, such as the Agriculture Environment Initiatives Board, and the Loose Bay Campground Society.

—with files from the Oliver Daily News 

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