I remember vividly my first trips to the Okanagan in the late sixties when it was simply Rock n’ Roll and orchards. I did what most young men did back then, drove fast cars I couldn’t afford and chase girls I couldn’t catch. While I was born in the United Kingdom, I was raised in Vancouver, Canada. I currently hold British, Canadian and American citizenship.
I moved to Los Angeles, California in 1979 on business, followed by Seattle, Washington within a couple of years. It was in Seattle that I met and married my lovely bride Kathleen and returned home to Vancouver in 1986, living at False Creek for a few years. We then built a beautiful ocean front home in Point Roberts, Washington where we resided for 12 years. It was during the mid 90’s we started taking wine trips to the Kelowna area and continued to return regularly. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Okanagan had evolved just as we had. The Rock'n Roll & Orchards have become more Jazz and Vineyards. The more we came back to the Okanagan the deeper the hook.
We sold our home in Washington in 2005 and purchased the Authentech show home in the Wilden development here in Kelowna. As the purchase required a six month lease back to the builder, we spent that time at our hacienda in Alamos, Mexico returning April of 2006 and settled in. It has been without a doubt the best decision we have ever made. We love Kelowna and are blessed to be surrounded by wonderful neighbours here in Wilden together with an ideal four season environment.
I had a Shepherd/Lab cross named Guido who was my constant companion and walking partner every day for 15 years until he passed away in 2009. We are very proud of our lovely and talented daughter Stacey, who is Regional Director of Operations at Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Westin Wall Centre, and Vancouver Airport. Now if we could just convince Stacey and husband Martin to relocate here, to one of the best places on earth, life would be just about perfect!