September 30, 1919 to
January 5, 2012
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. Dad passed away peacefully at his home at Nanaimo Seniors Village in Nanaimo, BC at the age of 92. Dad was predeceased by his wife Joan in March 2011. He will be forever remembered by his children Carol, Nancy (Ken), Doug, Nori (Jeff), and Ken Jr. (Pam); stepchildren Julie ( (Linc), Perry (Val), and Jennifer (Shawn); grandchildren Kim, Matthew (Miranda), Nathan (Chrystal), Natane (Clint), Natalie (Ron), Nadine, Randi-Leigh (James), Graham, Dave, Byron, Tristan, Madison, Chloe and Beatrix; 10 great grandchildren.
Dad was born in 1919 in Victoria BC and moved to Ladner as a young boy of 5 after the death of his father. In later years he wore many different hats. He was a teacher and principal, race horse owner, restaurateur, coach, and cook on his son-in-law’s seine boat. After graduation from Normal School he joined the Army Medical Corp and while overseas was injured. Upon his return he married Phyllis Allen and they moved to Trail where their 5 were born. He taught school there until 1956 and then moved to Richmond where he was employed by the Richmond School Board as a teacher. He retired from his final position as Principal of Hugh McRoberts in 1974. He always had a love for teaching and often referred to his students as “his kids”. He was very active in all sports, coaching as well as playing, but lacrosse was always his favorite. At the age of 16 he played lacrosse with the New West Salmonbellies, and after the war he played for the Vancouver Burrards. He was instrumental in building lacrosse teams in Trail and Delta and as a result was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder, an honour of which he was very proud. After his retirement he moved to Salt Spring Island where he met his wife Joan. They were married in 1979 and eventually moved to Victoria BC where they lived until Joan’s passing. We wish to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Nanaimo Seniors Village for all the wonderful care that they gave our dad right up to the end. Dad requested no funeral service but we will still say goodbye at a later date.
Love you forever.