Kenneth William Seymour passed away peacefully on Saturday, 1st of February 2014. He was born on 18 April 1934 in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of William and Audrey Seymour. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Douglas and his dear wife Marga.
Following schooling, Ken worked for a few years with the Canadian National Telegraphs until joining the RCAF in early 1957. While in the service, he served at many bases and stations throughout Canada and served two tours in Germany. While in Germany he met the love of his life Marga and they married in 1961. They shared just over 50 wonderful years together until Marga’s passing in October 2011.
Ken retired from the RCAF/CAF in 1977 and then began a second career as the Secretary/Manager of the Comox Legion where he spent the next 23 years before he finally retired in October 2000. During this time, Ken developed many long standing friendships with Branch and Ladies Auxiliary members. In recognition of his service, he was honoured with a Life Membership and the Meritorious service Medal.
Active in the community, Ken was a long time member and Past Master of Cumberland Lodge #26, AFAM, Gizeh Shriners of B.C. and Yukon, and the Comox Valley Shrine Club where he served some 20 years as Hospital Representative and five terms as Club President. He will be sorely missed.
Ken enjoyed long walks, golfing, spending time with his beloved family, sharing coffee with his friends at the mall and listening to his favourite music. He also enjoyed watching most sports on TV, cheering for his Montreal Canadians and Tiger Woods.
Ken is survived by his two sons William (Kim), Steven (Andrea), his daughter Heidi (Phil), grandchildren Zachary, Neville, Aidan, Nathan, Samuel, Nicholas, Tasha and Tonya, all of whom he was extremely proud and loved most dearly. He is also survived by his nieces Paula and Nicole, his lifelong friend Ray “Bassy” Harrington, and other dear friends in New Brunswick.
A service of remembrance will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, 9 February at the Comox Legion, 1825 Comox Avenue, Comox, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Patients Transportation Fund, C/O Gizeh Shriners of BC and Yukon, 3350 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 3K9.
Ken and his family would like to offer their thanks to Doctors Tien (again) and Calman, and Doctor O’Brien and all the nurses at the Hospice Residence at Laurel Place in Surrey, B.C. for making him comfortable during his final days. A very special thanks to the exceptional Doctor Peter Gee for his care, compassion and support throughout and his referral to Doctor Willms who is, as Ken said, “cut from the same cloth”.
We love you Dad/Papa.