Kenneth Orville Orpen
May 31,1933 – June 9, 2012
Ken passed away suddenly on June 9th, age 79, with Shirley, his wife of 59 years, by his side. A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Clubhouse at Woodgrove Estates, 5854 Turner Road, Nanaimo, between 4 and 6pm.
Predeceased by his son, Timothy Dale. Lovingly survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Debbie and sons: Ken (Sheila), Rob (Teresa), Stuart (Kristin); grandchildren: Kris (Jen), Erin, Kelsi, Daniel, Alison, Reed and Lee and five great grandchildren.
Ken was born in Sterco, Alberta and moved to North Vancouver, BC as a teenager. His first job took him to Texada Island and it was just a short boat ride to Powell River where he met his wife Shirley. They settled on Texada Island where they spent 18 years raising their five children. His work as a heavy duty mechanic then took them north to Cassiar and Kitimat, and finally back to North Vancouver. Ken was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and dog lover. He was active in baseball and hockey, as a player in his younger years, and later as coach and proud supporter of his sons and grandsons. While on Texada, he headed the volunteer fire department. In 1995 Ken and Shirley retired to Nanaimo. He leaves behind many good friends, including his special little buddy, Teddy.
Ken’s family invites you all to attend his Celebration of Life. No flowers please. Donations to the SPCA would be appreciated.