John VOYTILA

VOYTILA, John August 25, 1924 – February 1, 2010

John was born August 25, 1924 in Porac, Slovakia. He emigrated with his family to Montreal in 1929. John lived a full life of farming in Watson, Saskatchewan, moving from the farm and working at Ford in Windsor, Ontario, Steep Rock Iron Mine in Atikokan, Ontario and when he moved to Kelowna in 1968 with White Western Star until he retired.

John loved playing sports in his earlier years, baseball, broomball, bowling and golf. John had a passion for golf, playing at Kelowna Golf & Country Club to a low handicap and 7 holes in one. John was very fond of his extended family and loved his interaction with his golf family. In his final years John loved going to the A&W to meet his morning friends, having dinner at the golf course and being with his family that he treasured so much. We will miss his sense of humor and love of life. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation for the love and care the staff at Kelowna Hospice House gave “Unc” in the past month. They made his final journey one of dignity and peace. Predeceased by his parents Steve and Anna Voytila and brother-in-law Dave Gratton. John is survived by his loving family: (sister) Mary, (nieces) Janet Lightfoot (Wes Lightfoot) of Vernon, Lynn Kratzer (Stephen) of Kelowna; great nephews: Warren Lightfoot (Courtney) of Vernon, Shane Lightfoot of Calgary, Jarrett Kratzer of Kelowna; great nieces: Theresa Lightfoot of Calgary and Stephanie Kratzer of Calgary. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association: 202 – 1456 St. Paul St., Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.