May 8, 1939 – Jan 24, 2016
A well known businessman of Osoyoos and Kelowna, Ian James Wilson Ritchie, passed away at 11:55 a.m. on January 24, 2016 at home, with his family by his side, after a courageous fight with cancer.
Born May 8th, in the county of Sussex, England, Ian immigrated to Canada June 1954 with his parents, Dawson and Leslie Ritchie, sister Christine, brothers Bob, Graham and Philip settling in Edmonton.
While working at Woodward’s Ian met his wife, Helen. They married and had two children Kim and Janice.
In 1964 Ian and Helen moved to Kelowna where they began their successful careers in hairstyling, owning several salons over a period of four decades.
Ian, being a self-taught man, ventured into apple orcharding for the next 20 years, while continuing cutting hair.
Ian and Helen moved to Osoyoos, with thoughts of retirement, yet opened another salon, known as, Luna del Sol.
Ian will be greatly missed by his family, friends and clients.
A celebration of Ian’s life will be held on February 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the Sonora Community Centre, 8505 68 Ave., Osoyoos.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ian’s memory can be made to St. Christopher’s Anglican Church of Osoyoos, PO Box 446, Osoyoos, V0H 1V0, our local food bank or the woman’s shelter.
A special thank you to Dr. Bellingan, Dr. Dimma, Barbara and the palliative care nurses, Lisa and Ashley.