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Kenneth Ormand Mckenzie

December 10, 1917 - March 5, 2013


On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Kenneth Ormand McKenzie, passed away peacefully at the Kimberley Special Care Home at the age of 95 years.  Ken was born on December 10, 1917 in Edmonton, Alberta, one of five siblings born to Nicholas and Elizabeth McKenzie.  Ken was the last surviving member of his family.                                                                                                                   

At a young age, Ken's family moved from Alberta to British Columbia and settled in Kimberley.  Ken was the first paperboy to deliver the Kimberley Bulletin in Chapman Camp.  He was employed with Cominco as a carpenter for over 40 years.  He never tired of using his carpentry skills to make his life and ours better.  Ken and Gladys loved to camp and fish and spent many hours together on the lakes in the area.  They truly did everything together and loved each other's company.

Ken married Gladys Hay on August 25, 1945 in Kimberley.  Their marriage was blessed with two children; Rick and Heather.  Ken was always known for his keen sense of humour and wit.  He loved to tease and have a chuckle with the people around him.  He was most definitely a social butterfly and loved to visit with his friends.  He was one of the founding members of the Marysville Lions Club back in the early 1950's.

Left to mourn his passing are his beloved wife, Gladys; his two children Rick (Gerri) and Heather (Robert); five grandchildren Kim (Jason), Russ (Shelley), Melanie (Lee), Nicholas and Kent (Rebecca); three great grandchildren Kaitlyne (Bob), Brad and Kallie and one great great granddaughter, Harlow.  Also left are his extended family Jen, Allison, Trevor, Andrew and their children Taylor, Zavin, River, Vann, Noah and Kubrick.  There are sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews and cousins that Ken leaves behind.

A very special thanks to the staff of Garden View Village and the Kimberley Special Care Home for their exceptional care of Ken.

Ken was proud to have lived his 95 years and was aiming to make 100!  The family is planning a private gathering in the summer in honour of Ken.  Memorial donations may be made in Ken's memory to the Pines Memorial & Development Society c/o Bev Banks, 372 108th Avenue, Kimberley B.C.  V1A 1C6. 


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Vivien Statham
Relation: family friend

Sending love to Gladys and family. Ken will be forever loved and missed by all who knew him.

From: The Farnham Family
Relation: Friends of Heather

Our love and prayers go out to Heather and her family.

From: Brian & Donna Hay
Relation: nephew & wife

Aunt Gladys, Rick & Gerri, Heather & Rob our heartfelt thoughts, love and deepest sympathy go out to you and your families. We loved hearing those good ol’ day stories like: playing ‘Knobbies’, fishing (& there were many), and his new ’38 Plymouth!

From: Sandy Hay
Relation: niece

Aunty Gladys, Rick and family, Heather and family : I hope you take comfort at this time in remembering all the great family times you spent with Ken. He was truly a character and we will all miss him. I had so much fun with him and Aunty Gladys when they stayed with me here while he built my carport. What a carpenter!

From: Deanna, Don, Natalie and Melissa Matthews
Relation: Uncle

Aunty Gladys, Rick and Gerri, Heather and Rob. It was with a sorry heart that we heard about Uncle Kenny. He was such a “fun guy” to be around, always had us laughing about something. He will truly be missed by all. Will always have such great memories of him.

From: Kathy Wajda (Hay) and family
Relation: Uncle

Our thoughts our with the McKenzie family. We will miss a special uncle.

From: Brenda Morris
Relation: Community neighbor indeed

My sincere condolences to you Gladys and Family , and thank you ( Ken ) ..Mr. McKenzie to me..for your Guidance threw my young years growing up in our wonderful Community of loving Families like yours and others( the old , takes a village to raise a child community ,) , ,the free rides at Marysville Day’s and the dime throw was my favorite ,You always said good eye Miss Gallinger..and I am sure that gave me more confidence in my Aime. Thanks again for the caring voice from up above the Mark creek, hugs to All , ,,, Brenda Gallinger Morris

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