Ken sailed away in fair winds and a following sea in the wee hours of July 19, 2013. He was born April 2, 1930 in Vancouver and turned his hand to many things. He apprenticed as a mechanic with Greyhound bus lines, drove heavy trucks, was a plumbers helper, gillnet fished with his brother, was shipwright foreman at Belaire Shipyards, North Vancouver and spent the last 19 years of his working career as ships-plater at DND Dockyard, Victoria. Ken and his brother Bill built their 42 ft sloop 'Tioga' and sailed down the coast of N. America. He lived aboard the 1st houseboat he built then a bigger one when he and Marj married in 1966. Ken built their home on the Saanich Peninsula then put his artistic talents, creativity and passion to work as they developed a beautiful Japanese garden on their 1-acre property. His winemaking skills were rewarded with a Gold for his aperitif sherry at the National level and his other wines were always enjoyed! His 24 years of retirement were filled with travel around the world. Ken so valued and loved his many friends here and the world over and he left knowing he too was so well loved.
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He leaves his beloved wife Marjorie, nephews Peter Payne (Lisa, Simone, Spencer, Connor), Barrie Thomson (Susana, Anya), Paul Thomson, sister-in-law Virginia Tucker (Roy) and also the children of their hearts Robert Feustel, Alan Feustel (Kate), Kim Franz, Dawn Scribner, Craig Payne, Gavin Johnstone and Briann Johnstone. He also leaves so many dear and wonderful friends, you know who you are....
There will be a casual gathering in his garden between 2-5 PM on Sat. July 27, 2013. Drop in if you can to share your memories of Ken.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please donate to the Pemberton Memorial Chapel Garden, Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation, 1952 Bay St, Victoria, BC V8R 1J8 or to the charity of your choice.
Published in Victoria Times Colonist from July 25 to July 26, 2013