WHITAKER, Kenneth Ken Whitaker passed away at the Royal Jubilee Hospital on November 23, 2012 with his grandchildren Erinn and Jacob Brown at his side. He was 91 years old and lived in Victoria for most of his life. Ken was born in Normanton, West Yorkshire and travelled to Canada in 1927 as a young boy with his family. The Whitaker family settled in Cowichan Station, and Ken grew up here before joining the Canadian army in 1942. He served with the 15th Canadian Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, 4th Armoured Division during the second World War, ultimately participating in the liberation of Holland. Ken received a number of medals for his service, namely the Volunteer Service Medal, The Defense Medal, and The France and German Star awarded for his participation in World War II. It was in Holland that he met his wife Johanna, who came to Canada in 1947 to marry Ken in Duncan. In his lifetime, Ken was the proprietor of two grocery stores one in Duncan and one in Oak Bay. He also worked for many years in Victoria at Glidden Paint, Clarke and Pattison and as a manager for Mills Paint. Johanna predeceased Ken in December, 2006. Recently, Ken was predeceased by his eldest son-in-law, Herb Dobson. Ken is survived by his three daughters Sylvia, Karen (Randolfe) and Pamela (Garrett); his five grandchildren Jennifer (Ryan), Sarah (Kevin), Erin, Jacob and Yohanna; his four great grandchildren Tyler, Jared, Calleigh and Lauren and his sister Dora Whitaker. Ken will be remembered for his love of gardening, interest in world affairs and history.
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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Dec. 8, 2012