It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Ken Peters who died peacefully with family by his side on January 16, 2013 at Eagleview, Comox, BC.
Ken will be missed dearly by his wife Muriel and children, Dave (Afona), Dan (Penny), Laurie (Gerry), six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Harold & Edna Peters' son Ken was born in Cumberland on June 15, 1925. The young family then moved to Burnaby BC. In the late 1930's they moved back home to Union Bay where Ken lived for the rest of his life. On September 30, 1943, Ken volunteered to join the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. Following training at HMCS Queen in Regina he was assigned to active duty aboard the Flower-class corvette, HMCS Rosthern, deployed in the North Atlantic Convoy Escort Command until the end of the war. Ken fondly remembered those days aboard ship and especially being part of the infamous 1945 Halifax VE Day celebrations. Upon discharge, Ken returned to Union Bay and began a career in the trucking industry starting with trucks used for construction of the old Island Highway. Eventually he bought his own logging trucks and spent many years as a contract log hauler for Rosewall Logging in Union Bay. In his early "retirement years" Ken delivered concrete throughout the Comox Valley for Comox Valley Redi-mix.
Ken was always actively involved in Union Bay community life. He served for over 25 years first as a volunteer fireman and eventually as Chief. During those years he campaigned long and hard for a new fire truck and the construction of a new fire hall. He donated many volunteer hours to the Union Bay Community Club, Credit Union, Historical Society and the United Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping trips with family and friends. He especially enjoyed many happy years spent with family and friends at the Peters' Hornby Island cabin.
The family wishes to extend our gratitude to the Comox Hospital and Eagleview staff and Dr. Janice McLaughlin for their wonderful care of Ken. Also Muriel would like to thank her family and many special friends for their caring and support during this difficult time.
A celebration of Ken's life will be held at the Union Bay Community Hall on February 9 at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ken's memory to the Union Bay United Church, Parkinson's Society, the Royal Canadian Poppy Fund or charity of your choice.