JEAN EMILE DENIS ‘DENNIS’ VERGNANO

JEAN EMILE DENIS ‘DENNIS’ VERGNANO. June 24, 1942 ~ March 24, 2015. Passed away peacefully in Kelowna Hospice House after a brief battle with cancer at 72 years of age. He leaves to mourn his wife Judie of West Kelowna, daughters Gillian (Rob), their son Gabriel Colvin; Emily Vergnano, grandchildren Eric and Elizabeth Vergnano and Austyn Fallis, all of Kelowna. He is also survived by sisters Dianne (Ron) Willett of Vancouver, their daughter Brenda, grandchildren Lindsay and Nathan, great granddaughter Abby; son Rick (Laura) Willett, grandchildren, Olivia and Sam; Louise (Brian) Collins of Prince Edward Island and son Jason (Kim) Vergnano, Nilan and Kyle, daughter Anna and Simone; Lorraine (Barry) Russell of Delta, Ryan, Sara and Catherine; and by his brother-in-law Peter (Pat) Steeves of Peachland, their sons Bill (Tracey) Steeves, grandsons Brandon, Cory and Trevor; Jim (Kristy) and grandchildren Sean, Sara and Ashley. Denny loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping and just walking in the woods, and as a member of the Peachland Sportsman’s Association for nearly three decades, did what he could to ensure there was healthy habitat for fish and wildlife as a legacy for everyone’s grandchildren. He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, but moved out to B.C. with his family in time to begin school in Vancouver, where he grew up and apprenticed as a printer at Pacific Press. It was at the Vancouver Press Club that he met and began dating Judie some 40 years ago and both worked at the Columbian newspaper in New Westminster, he in the composing room and she in editorial, before they indulged a mutual dream and moved to a remote corner of the Cariboo. There they built a log home on 40 acres complete with creek, but beyond the last power line and lived for a number of years before the needs of two young children dictated a move to the Okanagan. Denny worked as a printer at the Kelowna Daily Courier for more than a decade before his retirement from the trade when he began working with another great bunch of people at Northside Industries on the Westside until his retirement in 2007. We will all miss you Denny. You were my rock. You always supported me in my professional and volunteer ventures and you kept me grounded. His request was that no formal service be held but that friends and family gather at his home to reminisce, which we will do on Sunday April 5, from 2-5 p.m. Donations to the Central Okanagan Land Trust or the Okanagan Region Wildlife Heritage Fund Society in his memory would help to further his interest in conservation of land for wildlife. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com