April 4, 1922 – June 27, 2018
Passed away peacefully in Burnaby, on June 27, 2018, aged 96 years. He was predeceased by his wife Bette, and his 2 sons, Scott and Garth.
He is survived by his son Blair (Marjorie) of North Saanich, his daughter Jennifer (Bob) of Fernie and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ken was born at home on Capitol Hill, Burnaby on April 4, 1922. He volunteered for the Royal Canadian Navy at age 19 and served his country during World War II, which had a profound effect on the remainder of his life. Upon leaving the Navy in 1945 Ken worked in Vancouver and then relocated to Kelowna where he met his wife and raised a family. He held various jobs in Kelowna before joining the Post Office in 1960. He also commanded the Sea Cadet corps in Kelowna for over 10 years.
In 1966 Ken and his family moved to Williams Lake where he was the assistant postmaster and was instrumental in starting the Sea Cadet Corp. In 1972 he returned to the lower mainland where he finished his career with the Federal Government in 1984. After retiring he lived in several places in B.C. including Fernie, where in the summer he could be seen first off the tee block at the Fernie Golf Course, golfing 89 rounds in his 89th year. He returned to the lower mainland when the winters became too much for him, where he spent the last 5 years of his life at the George Derby Centre for Veterans.
Ken became the poet in residence at the Centre, writing poems for all occasions. He enjoyed reading as well as painting and weaving at George Derby, and was the veteran’s representative on the resident council.
Ken will be missed by his family and all who knew him.