Farmer, Philip

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Farmer, Philip

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1904-1983

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Philip Alfred Farmer (1904-1983) was born in Bristol, England, on September 18 to Alfred John Farmer and Ethel Jane Lloyd. After moving to Canada in 1924, Farmer married Violet Margaret Horn in Edmonton in 1929. Together they had three children – Geoffrey, Joanna, and Wendy – and eventually moved to British Columbia, settling in the Okanagan Valley. After serving overseas as a captain in the Signal Corps during World War II, Farmer worked as a real estate agent in Penticton and owned an orchard in Kaleden, where he also resided. At the time of his death, Farmer was credited as being influential in shaping the regional district system that emerged in Canada in the mid-1960s. He was the first chair of the Okanagan-Similkameen regional district, a position that he held from 1969-1974. In 1977 he was appointed to the Regional District Review Committee, which elected him chair. He served in this capacity until he was forced to resign due to illness in September 1978.

Farmer died on November 28, 1983, in Penticton, B.C.

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