Sept 5, 1926 –

June 19, 2011

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Orville Zander.

Orville passed away on Father’s Day, June 19th in Sri Lanka where he spent his last six weeks enjoying the sunshine on Unawatuna Beach, a place that was very special to him.

Orville was born in Handel, Saskatchewan on Sept 5, 1926 to Otto and Marie Zander. Orville was the last remaining of his 4 siblings. Orville leaves behind his son Frank (Wendy), two grandchildren, Olivia and Layne, and daughters’ Rennell (Rory) and Dawn (Susan), his long term close friends in Canada and many extended family members abroad.

Orville married Ann in 1960 in Muscatine Iowa, and they soon moved to Vernon to begin their family. In his 2 decades of teaching in School District #22, and his previous career as an Executive with the Boys Scouts of Canada, Orville had a profound impact on his students and scouts. Many remember Mr. Zander as a progressive, fair and passionate teacher/leader. Orville will also be remembered for his ability to spin a good yarn and as an imaginative storyteller.

OZ had a passion for travel, so after he retired at the age of 57 he began his dream to visit exotic and interesting places. He spent many months away from Vernon each year traveling and meeting new friends and acquaintances in areas such as West Africa, India, Pakistan, Central America, Europe, Asia and his beloved Sri Lanka.

Orville enjoyed skiing at Silver Star Mountain with his young children and into his later years. In the summer months the Zanders would take long camping vacations to Florida and California, where Disneyworld and Disneyland became a family favourite. Orville also spent several Okanagan summers working his Placer Mine in the Monashee Mountains searching for his elusive gold mine.

At his request, there will be no public service. In lieu of flowers, please make any donation to the Kelowna Cancer Clinic.

Special thanks to Foreign Affairs Canada for all the assistance offered by their amazing staff in Ottawa.

Vernon Morning Star

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