Always cheerful and sensible, Sandy Welbourn, one of this community’s well-respected volunteers, passed away this week.
He served as president of the Central Okanagan Heritage Society and also served on the board of directors of the Friends of Fintry and the Interior Alzeimer’s Society.
“He worked behind the scenes on a lot of projects in the community,” recalled Janice Henry, executive director of the heritage society.
He was ‘clerk of works’ in construction of Reid Hall at Benvoulin Heritage Church and on McIver House. He was presented with the heritage society’s distinguished service award.
“He brought a good business sense to the board table. He shared his passion and his savvy with us and with the Friends of Fintry. He’ll be missed,” Henry said.
Former president of the board of the Friends of Fintry, Ken Walden added, “We appreciated his sage advice and wisdom while he served on the board.”
Welbourn had been battling cancer and died Monday at the age of 83.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Mary and is survived by his daughter Margot, in Kelowna, and son-in-law Stan Sauerwein, as well as three grandchildren.
Prior to moving to the Okanagan and West Kelowna, Welbourn and his wife transformed an overgrown, 10-acre property in Trochu, Alta., which was home to a number of exotic trees, into a glorious garden which they eventually sold to the town to be open to the public. The Trochu Arboretum remains today as a peaceful and beautiful legacy for future generations.