Hallberg – Kenneth Abner (Ken)
December 19, 1914 ~ October 19, 2011
Ken passed away early October 19, 2011, at the age of 96, at NRGH Emergency after suffering a heart attack. He is survived by his son, Ken (Jacqui); his son, Earl; two grandchildren: Kenneth and Nicole, and great granddaughters: Kristin and Tianna Kane.
He was born near Ladysmith, December 19, 1914. Youthful adventures included gold panning, trapping, hunting and logging. The depression caused moves to many locations and 13 schools in just 6 years. At the age of 14 he began a long and successful career in the logging industry, from cutting wood for steam engines to High Rigger to Superintendent, eventually retiring as Divisional Manager. In 1940 Ken married Babe, his wife of 62 years. Babe passed away December 2001. They began life together on a float house at Camp 6 (Caycuse) and later moved to a house on land, in Caycuse, where they raised two sons.
After retirement he enjoyed travel, golf, bridge and living at their Nanaimo home. Ken & his bridge partner won gold medals at the 1994 BC Seniors Games in Cranbrook. He continued to play at bridge games, often 3 times a week. His golfing never achieved any medals but he had great partners and enjoyed every moment of it. Ken enjoyed good health and still drove, gardened, golfed, cooked and maintained his home. At age 94 he began writing “Ken Hallberg An Autobiography.” Since the first printing, April 2010, he had sold or distributed 460 books and had just ordered more.
Ken will be fondly missed by family and friends. A gathering to celebrate his life is planned for October 29, 2011 at The Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo, B.C. at 2:00 pm.
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