TRAVIS, Kenneth George (Ken) Born to Ann and Lt. Col Robert Travis at the family home on Stanley Drive, Victoria, on February 2nd, 1926, quietly passed away on September 12th of this year surrounded by his family and friends. He was pre-deceased by his wife Margaret in 2012, and is survived by his nephews Marshall and Christopher, and Marshall's wife Jane and their children Frans, Chelsea and Madeline, and by Chris' family, and by relatives in Australia. Ken's professional career began with the role of a well respected teacher in School District 61. His thirst for life was then exemplified by playing rugby for decades with both the Oak Bay Wanderers and the Ebb Tide, and in volunteering many hours for the clubs. Eventually, and happily retired, Ken then became a founding member, along with his wife, of the Saturday Market at the Saanich Fair Grounds, and for most of the next thirty years was involved with the North and South Saanich Agriculture Society in running the Saanich Fair, for whom he served as President for four years, a similar position to that which he still held this year with the British Columbia Kiwi Growers' Association. Easily warming to the retirement life style Ken and Margaret tended their "dream" farm in Central Saanich for almost the next thirty five years turning it, with affection, into an idyllic playground for the "grandchildren," a wedding venue, a home for family Christmases and a place full of unforgettable and happy memories, all made possible because of Ken's love and dedication to his three "Fs" - Farm, Family and Friends. During this time, and for several years, Ken and Margaret also looked after Ken's parents, Ann and Robert, caring and cooking for them and enabling them to stay in their own home till their end. Latterly Ken, in spite of the onset of Parkinson's Disease, also selflessly served as caregiver to Margaret during the last seven years of her life as she battled Alzheimer's, a period in which he showed tireless and incredible loyalty, endurance, and love. The family is also grateful for the quiet competent help and support given to both Ken and Margaret over the years by a very special care-giver, Fadema, and would like very much to extend their love and thanks to her, her faithfulness has been inspiring and invaluable. In closing, those of us who knew Ken will remember him as a true and complete gentleman, a devoted and proud husband, a loyal friend, a father to his nephew Marshall, and a grandfather to his great nephew and nieces -- a man to be admired, the sort of man many of us should aspire to be, a man whom it has been a privilege to know, and a man who cannot be replaced. A celebration of Ken's life will be held on Saturday October 10th between 2:00 pm and 5.00 at the Saanich Fair Grounds, Stelly's Cross Roads, Central Saanich. Flowers are welcome as well as any donations to the Alzheimer and Parkinson societies that one may care to make.
Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Sep. 18 to Sep. 20, 2015.