DESMOND MICHAEL LOAN

DESMOND MICHAEL LOAN

1928 – 2014

Long time Peachland and Summerland resident, Des Loan passed away peacefully June 19, 2014.

He arrived in the valley in 1955 with his wife Peggy and raised a family of five children. Des embarked on a path that would include high school teacher, pottery, photography, painting, poetry, music, orchardist and town councillor. Keen to contribute to the cultural life of the valley he established the Okanagan Pottery Studio in Peachland which operated from 1968 through to 2007. Having a deep respect for the natural beauty of the Okanagan, he was an active member of “Friends of Okanagan Mountain Park”. In this capacity he was not only instrumental in bringing Rattlesnake Island into the greater park system, but also contributed to restoring the island to its’ original natural condition. Des was predeceased by his wife Peggy (2007), son Geoffrey (2004) and daughter Cathy (1954). He is lovingly remembered by Christopher Loan (Vicky), Julia Ehlers (Greg), Daphne Flanagan (Peter), Alison Dudziak (Jacek). He loved and cherished his grandchildren Chloaye, Alana, Tatomme, Emilia, Conrad and Mary. Many thanks to the staff of Summerland Seniors Village for their exceptional care.