KENNETH R. WILLIAMS
A native of Canada, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Monday, May 5, 2014, following a lengthy illness. Ken was born March 30, 1931 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to William Andrew Williams and Lizzy Wainwright Williams. When Ken was 8, the family moved to Kamloops, British Columbia where he attended school, played lacrosse and enjoyed fishing, hunting and water sports. He graduated from high school in 1949 and followed his father and uncles into employment with the Canadian National Railroad where he worked as a fireman
on steam locomotives. In 1954, Ken joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and attended Officers Training School. This led to Pilot Training on jet fighter aircraft T-33 & F-86. He was posted to the Canadian prairies where he met and married Doris Mary Milne in 1955. He was then selected to serve in Europe with the NATO forces. The young couple went to #3 Fighter Wing RCAF in Zweibrucken, Germany where they spent four years. Upon their return from Europe, Ken and Doris lived in Canada, before immigrating to southern California. He was hired by the Redlands Fire Department in 1960. Ken retired in 1987 as Division Chief and Fire Marshal for the RFD after 27 years of service. During his Fire Department career, Ken initiated the CPR program and was its first certified instructor. He was the first in the department to earn a Bachelor's degree in Fire Protection Administration and Technology. Ken served as president of the SB County Fire Prevention Officers and was a charter member and president of the SB County Fire-Arson Investigators. He is remembered fondly by many as a mentor during his career.
As a 50+ year resident, Ken loved Redlands and took great pleasure in his involvement in the community: First Congregational Church, Redlands Noon Kiwanis, Meals on Wheels and Redlands Historical Society.
Ken is survived by his beloved wife Doris; his children Ruthanne Williams, Michael and Fionnuala Williams, Jan and George Kukula; his grandchildren Geoffrey Kukula, Meghann Williams, Lauren Kukula and Benjamin Williams. He was a wonderful Husband, Dad & Papa.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church on Friday, May 23 at 1:30 pm, followed by a reception in Kimberly Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ken's name to the First Congregational Church Stained Glass Windows project or to Redlands Noon Kiwanis programs.