MACDONNELL, ALLAN JOHN ORR
1924 ~ 2016
Allan passed away peacefully at his home on February 19, 2016 at the age of 91, withhis family at his side. He is
survived by his loving children; Allan (Moyna), Nancy (Bob), Colleen, Kevin and Garth; his grandchildren and extended family members, Jennifer (Chris),
Jarett, David (Domineke),Jamie (Roland), Candice,Meghan (Scott), Blair (Breanne), Shea (Nicky), Adam (Karlee) and Jessica;
his great-grandchildren, Ian, Ryland, Deveny, Dahlia, and another great-granddaughter born Feb. 18, 2016. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Ella, of 63 years. Allan was born in Winfield, BC, in 1924, at his family’s home on Lodge Road that still stands today. He was raised and lived in the Ellison area until 1980, when his eldest son, Allan, took over the 5th generation Ellison farm. At that time, he relocated to his property in Lake Country, which became his family’s homestead, known as the Woodsdale Ranch. Originally, this property had been pre-empted by his great uncle, Thomas Wood (Wood Lake), in 1871. Along side his father, Allan worked the farm, trained horses, and drove cattle throughout the Okanagan. In 1950, he married Ella Anderson and together horse and cattle ranching was
their life. Whether it be stepping on a colt or riding the range, Allan was in his comfort zone. He enjoyed the sport and competition of roping,cutting,reining, and gymkhanas. Allan had many business ventures; he owned several ranches and properties throughout the Okanagan,including the Beaver Lake Fishing Resort where he built the existing log lodge. He was a very ambitious person, who lived life to the fullest. Allan cherished his family,
who will greatly miss him.
No service by request.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages your donations to the BC Cancer Foundation.