BUCHANAN, Kenneth James
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April 23, 1957 - April 15, 2013
Ken was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. Beloved son of Helen (née Petrynko) and Glenn Kenneth Buchanan, who predeceased him in 2001. He is survived by his mother, his son, Franklin, his sister, Linda Trim (husband Dan) and his loving partner, William Christiansen. Ken's nephews Lee Trim (wife Tonnie), Grant Trim (wife Joanne) and Scott Trim (wife Debbie) also mourn his passing. He also leaves behind great friends and many coworkers, who have been a wonderful support to him as his illnesses became more and more severe. His greatest friend, though, was William, who nursed him through the final months of his life and loved him like he had never been loved. Ken's personality was marked by an openness and a willingness to be friendly to all he met. He had a ready smile, a great laugh that he inherited from his Dad and a heart that drew people to him. After schooling in Prince Rupert and training in the financial services business at BCIT, he entered his career with the Royal Bank of Canada where he was tasked with opening remote branches in places like Cassiar and Tumbler Ridge. He loved the frontier and was a true community builder. He would later settle in Hazelton, B.C. where he became a valued ally of the Gitksan band as they fought many battles to reclaim their traditional lands. For his work there, he was welcomed into the Wolf clan and is considered one of their own. He was also a village alderman and a member of the Northern B.C. Municipalities Association. Once he had retired, he moved to Vancouver and became an advocate for People with AIDS and later was named chair of the Positive Living Society of B.C. Ken, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2004, became a spokesperson for "positive" people and was often asked to speak at conferences and in the media on behalf of his community. A great thank you goes out to the doctors and nurses at St. Paul's Hospital, where Ken spent so many months over his life. You were so good to him. A celebration of Ken's life will take place in the Granville Room at the Chateau Granville in Vancouver on Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. Address is 1100 Granville St. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honour can be made to the Positive Living Society of B.C. Rest in peace, loyal friend, dear son, doting father and loving partner. God bless you.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 20, 2013