March 7, 1927 ~ August 24, 2005
The battle with emphysema is over ~ Ken has joined that great golf game in the Hereafter.
Ken passed away suddenly in the early hours Wednesday morning at Campbell River Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife of 33 years, Audrey, and their large blended family: his children: Peggy (Ted) Wrubleski, Powell River; Robyn, Calgary, AB; Deborah (Les) Sarauer, Humbolt, SK; Norman (Jenny), Deer Valley, SK; Doreen Ellis (Robin Cyr), Campbell River; Peter (Jackie), Calgary,AB; Audrey’s children: Gary Wadham, New Westminster; Dawn (Bruce) Turner, Comox; Di Kennedy (Bob Craig), Campbell River; 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law Grace, Ottawa, ON; 8 nieces and nephews and their children; and the McLean clan.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Jim; and sister, Betty.
Ken was born in Fort Coulonge, PQ, to a prominent family of pioneers and lumbermen. He was 14 years old when the family moved to Pembroke, ON. After a brief time in the RCAF at the end of WWII, and working in a bush logging camp, he went to work for Falcon Bridge (Gold)Mines in Matachewan, ON. The rest, as they say, is history.
Ken was a miner all his life and he started as a mine captain at Westmin (Strathcona) in 1969, worked his way up to mine superintendent before he retired in November, 1990.
Ken may have retired, but his mining days lived on through many stories and people remembered. He worked hard and expected the same of those around him; he was tough but fair.
A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held Saturday, August 27, 2-5pm, at the Elks Hall (Dogwood St.) in Campbell River.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation or BC Heart and Lung Association.
Our thanks to Dr. Keith Graham and the hospital staff for their efforts and kindness.