Dr. Lorne Greenaway, a former Member of Parliament for the Cariboo-Chilcotin riding that encompassed Whistler until a boundary adjustment in 1987, passed away peacefully in Victoria on Sept. 13 after a long battle with ALS.
Born in Bella Coola on May 8, 1933, Greenaway graduated from Kelowna Senior Secondary School in 1952 and attended Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, where he graduated at the top of his class and served as class president.
Establishing himself in Kamloops, Greenaway's small and large animal practice served many of the farms in the greater area and fuelled his life-long love for rural British Columbia.
A brief hiatus in 1968 took Greenaway to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon where he served as associate professor for one year before returning to B.C. Upon his return he delved into ranching in Kelowna and the Williams Lake area.
Greenaway moved his family to Southlands in Vancouver in 1974, establishing a small veterinary practice in Steveston. He was elected to public office in 1979 and retained his seat as Progressive Conservative MP for the Cariboo-Chilcotin riding for three terms, until 1988. After leaving elected office, Greenaway continued to serve in the public sector as B.C.'s deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries and Chair of the B.C. Land Commission. He later represented the federal government as one of the first Commissioners on the B.C. Treaty Commission.
Greenaway is survived by his wife Phyl, children Kate, Terry, Steven and Tom and three grandchildren.