IRELAND, Gordon Wayne
September 16, 1946 — July 21, 2021
It is with broken hearts, that we announce the passing of Wayne Ireland of West Kelowna, BC, at the age of 74, on July 21, 2021.
Wayne was born in Fergus, Ontario and grew up on a farm outside Arthur, Ontario. In the late 1960s, Wayne headed west and settled in Prince George, BC. In 1977, Wayne married Rita Coffey. He was self-employed for many years and operated Ireland Paint and Body and then Ireland Paint and Sandblasting on the Hart Highway in Prince George. In 2013, they sold their farm on the Old Summit Lake Road and moved to West Kelowna, BC.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Rita; as well as three sons: Matthew (Shawna) of Prince George, Jess from West Kelowna, and Larry (Kata) of Black Diamond, AB; and five grandsons: Hayden, Dylan, Benson, Liam and Josh. Wayne is also survived by three sisters in Prince George: Nancy Ireland, Sheila Ireland and Sharon Sperling; as well as his brother, Rick (Sharon); and a special brother-in-law and hunting partner, Ted Sperling. Wayne will also be missed by his aunts, an uncle, a niece and cousins, as well as many great friends both in Prince George and West Kelowna. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Doreen and Gordon Ireland.
Wayne loved his annual hunting trips, he loved working on his vehicles and puttering in his shop and in the yard. He loved his family and the time they spent together. Wayne taught each of his sons how to work hard and was extremely proud of their chosen careers in the trades. For his last 8 years and right up to less than 2 weeks before he left us, he worked at the car wash at Andres Electronics in West Kelowna. Retirement was not for him!
He will be remembered as a kind and generous man who honestly could fix anything.
Sincerest thanks to Dr. Ryan Foster and Dr. Julian Mackenzie-Feder, as well as the nursing staff in ICU, for the outstanding care Wayne and his family received. Thanks as well to Dr. Ryan Bystrom, our family doctor, who gave us amazing support.
As Wayne wished, there will be no formal service at this time. Cremation has taken place, and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Intensive Care Unit at Kelowna General Hospital would be appreciated by the family.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de IRELAND Gordon Wayne September 16 1946 — July 21 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Kelowna, Province: Colombie britanique