With the January 17, 2017 death of Russell Ross McDonagh, the Central Okanagan and in particular Lake Country, lost one of its most respected longtime residents.
Ross was born ninety-seven years ago in Winfield where he lived until moving to Kelowna in his final years. He is survived by wife Nancy; sons Greg and Duane and his much-loved grandchildren. He was predeceased by first wife Lola and daughter Jennifer.
He was dedicated to his family and a friend to all who knew him. His orchard and garden were his special source of pride and pleasure, producing great bounty for friends, family and all who visited.
Ross will be long remembered as a community builder and supporter. He was a founding member of Winfield’s Volunteer Fire Department, helped create the Oceola Fish & Game Club and was an Honourary Life Member of the Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society. As a volunteer he quietly served his much-loved community in myriad ways.
Ross McDonagh was born into a small and rural Winfield and aided in its development into today’s thriving and diversified community of Lake Country.
By Richard Gibbons