January 13, 2022
Kenneth (Ken) Orfield Iverson passed away peacefully on Thursday January 13, 2022, in Nanaimo BC.
Survived by his sons, Larry (Cecile) of Montreal Quebec and Lance (Jane) of Britannia Beach, BC, grandchildren, James, Jody (Cameron) and Olivier, cousin Aileen Beasley, his dear friend Margaret Law and many friends and family members near and far.
Predeceased by Elizabeth Iverson (nee Bonsall), mother of his children, his beloved daughter, Christine, grandson Maxime and his siblings James, Allan, Henry, Charles, Shirley, Joseph, Ruby, Hazel and Leo.
Ken was born and raised on the farm in Naicam, Saskatchewan. His parents were Joseph and Ella (nee Lee) Iverson.
Ken followed in the footsteps of his older brothers and came west to BC in his mid-teens. He was hired by the Federal Government to work maintaining the lighthouses and sailed to many ports up and down the Pacific coast. At the time of his marriage, he and Betty moved to Youbou, B.C. for a year before settling in Honeymoon Bay BC to raise their family where Ken worked in the Sawmill.
A job opportunity as head sawyer in the newly opened Weldwood Sawmill prompted a move for the family to Squamish in 1963. In his later years Ken worked for BC Rail and later CN Rail in the Carpenter Shop. Ken retired on Vancouver Island and lived for many years in the Comox Valley.
Ken’s love of woodworking was always prominent in his life. He could often be seen about town with his signature walking stick sporting his favourite hat. Ken had a vivid imagination and loved to work with found objects. He created a lasting legacy of many beautiful musical instruments treasured by friends and family.
Ken enjoyed long walks, a good book, people watching and Sunday morning Church services. He never lost his love for farming and knew how to drive a team of horses, a story he was proud to tell.
Donations would be appreciated in Ken’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada or a charity of your choice.
Please join our family and friends on Sunday May 1, 2022, for a Celebration of Ken’s life in The Little Red Church Hall from 2 pm – 4 pm, 2182 Comox Ave., Comox BC.
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