It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vernon (Vern) Elmer Dorwart who passed away peacefully on April 4, 2014. Vern was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by Joyce, his wife and sweetheart of 67 years. Also by his two sons, Dick (Doris) and Ken as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Vern was born in Glen Bain Saskatchewan on July 15, 1926 to Jacob and Julia Dorwart and spent his formative years working on the family farm. He married Joyce Sauter on July 3, 1946 and they relocated to British Columbia where they raised their family.  Vern became a very well respected member of the air conditioning and heating industry. His love of fixing things also made him the neighbourhood “go to” guy when something didn’t work. He was often in his workshop trying to bring an idea into reality, and more often than not, he was successful. Vern had a passion for music and was well known for his organ playing and his singing. Vern played in many bands throughout his life and always enjoyed interacting with his fellow musicians as well as those he was entertaining. His love of music appeared often at family gatherings, weddings, special events and parties. As a strong family man, Vern always put the needs of the family ahead of his own. He believed that the best legacy a man could build was a good family, and he often spent time with each family member trying to catch up on what they had been doing. Vern will always be remembered for his good nature and generosity.  Vern was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and a great friend to all. He will be truly missed and his passing has left a void in all of us. The family would like to express their gratitude to the BC Cancer Society, Palliative care and Dr. Yarrow for the wonderful continuous care over the last 3 months. In Lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. If you wish to express your condolences to the family you may do so at the following email Celebration of Life to be held at 2:00 p.m. on April 27th at Rutland United Church, 1370 Rutland Road North. Kelowna, B.C. With reception to follow.

Cremation arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440.

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