For 60 years, John Tamblyn was active in community projects, particularly those involving youth.
Tamblyn, who died on Saturday at the age of 88, moved to Summerland in 1952 with his wife Allie. While they had originally come for one year, they chose to remain in the community.
He was a teacher and later the principal of Summerland Secondary School.
During his time in Summerland, he was an original member of the Summerland Kiwanis Club, a municipal councillor, a member of the Penticton Tune Agers and active in the Summerland United Church.
He also initiated the Read to Me Program to help elementary students improve their reading skills.
His early experience as an army marching band instructor helped to prepare him to teach the school band and start the first marching band in Summerland.
During his years as an educator, many students and staff have commented on his positive influence in their lives.
Tamblyn was also active in raising funds for many causes, particularly those involving youth.
He worked with the Summerland Asset Development Initiative, the 902 Summerland Air Cadets Squadron and the Key Club.
His most recent project was Tim, the service dog sponsored through the Kiwanis Club.