On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Kenneth Ormand McKenzie, passed away peacefully at the Kimberley Special Care Home at the age of 95 years. Ken was born on December 10, 1917 in Edmonton, Alberta, one of five siblings born to Nicholas and Elizabeth McKenzie. Ken was the last surviving member of his family.
At a young age, Ken’s family moved from Alberta to British Columbia and settled in Kimberley. Ken was the first paperboy to deliver the Kimberley Bulletin in Chapman Camp. He was employed with Cominco as a carpenter for over 40 years. He never tired of using his carpentry skills to make his life and ours better. Ken and Gladys loved to camp and fish and spent many hours together on the lakes in the area. They truly did everything together and loved each other’s company.
Ken married Gladys Hay on August 25, 1945 in Kimberley. Their marriage was blessed with two children; Rick and Heather. Ken was always known for his keen sense of humour and wit. He loved to tease and have a chuckle with the people around him. He was most definitely a social butterfly and loved to visit with his friends. He was one of the founding members of the Marysville Lions Club back in the early 1950′s.
Left to mourn his passing are his beloved wife, Gladys; his two children Rick (Gerri) and Heather (Robert); five grandchildren Kim (Jason), Russ (Shelley), Melanie (Lee), Nicholas and Kent (Rebecca); three great grandchildren Kaitlyne (Bob), Brad and Kallie and one great great granddaughter, Harlow. Also left are his extended family Jen, Allison, Trevor, Andrew and their children Taylor, Zavin, River, Vann, Noah and Kubrick. There are sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins that Ken leaves behind.
A very special thanks to the staff of Garden View Village and the Kimberley Special Care Home for their exceptional care of Ken.
Ken was proud to have lived his 95 years and was aiming to make 100! The family is planning a private gathering in the summer in honour of Ken. Memorial donations may be made in Ken’s memory to the Pines Memorial & Development Society c/o Bev Banks, 372 108th Avenue, Kimberley B.C. V1A 1C6.
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