ZEGER, John – Kelowna Obituaries
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Zeger on June 9, 2022. He was predeceased by his father Frank, his mother Rose and his sister Eleonore.
John was born in Linz, Austria in 1946. His parents moved to the United States with John and his older sister Eleonore. John grew up in Commack, New York. He attended college; and did well in her favorite subjects, economics and American history. He graduated and became a teacher.
John was a man of peace and opposed the war in Vietnam. So he decided to move to Canada. He was so impressed with Canada and the Canadian way of life that he decided to become a citizen.
After spending a few years teaching in Winnipeg, Manitoba, John moved west to Edmonton, Alberta where he worked in the Regional District Planning Department for a few years.
While on vacation, he traveled through the Okanagan region of British Columbia. He loved the hot summer days, scenic lakes, sandy beaches, mountains, abundant fruit growing, and quiet way of life and planned to return one day.
So in 1998 John moved to Kelowna, BC where he spent the rest of his life.
Every summer, he enjoyed spending time on his favorite sandy beach at Gyro Park on Okanagan Lake. He also had a sailboat and spent time sailing the lake with his friend Eric. Once a year John would have his friend Bob drive him and Eric to Penticton, BC to visit the Farmers Market, and on the way back they would hang out at their favorite Sun-Oka beach. in Summerland.
Every year, John traveled to California to spend the winter. He enjoyed his time in Carlsbad, Oceanside and San Diego.
John was interested in town planning and politics. He attended many Kelowna City Council meetings and wrote many letters to newspapers. He wanted to make Kelowna a better place for citizens, so he formed a group called “Citizens for Responsible Planning.” One year he and two other band members, Andy and Rick, ran for mayor.
John liked to read and do research. He was a man of principle, had strong opinions, and enjoyed talking about local issues and world events. His friends found him very fair, sincere, helpful and loyal.
During his senior year, John had health issues which he struggled with and he passed away suddenly. John was one of a kind. He is gone, but not forgotten.
Last respects may be paid at the interment, which will take place in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery on October 27 at 2 p.m.