Kenneth S. Ferguson
After a short, fierce battle with a rare lung cancer, Ken died peacefully in Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital as the first light arrived on Saturday, February 3, 2007. He had remarked to James that he was ‘off on my next great adventure’.
He is survived by his loving family-wife of 45 years, Anne (Freeman), sons Andrew (Kelly) and Jonathan (Chantel),daughter, Nicki Jean (Jesse Blake) , grandchildren Daemion, James, Claire and Kayla. He was predeceased by his son, Kevin,in infancy, and his parents Stan and Nicki. He is also survived by his brother, Murray (Kathy) of Delta, B.C. and sisters Eleanor (Troy Herriage) of Atlanta,Ga, Marion of Deep Cove and Lorraine of Maple Ridge.
In 1988, Ken purchased the Cortes Connection-a freight and passenger business providing service between Cortes Island and Campbell River. In 1951, his family moved to Vernon.After Ken graduated from UBC in Geography,he began teaching secondary school in 1962 in Prince Rupert. From 1965 summers were spent working at Refuge Cove on Desolation Sound and winters teaching in Campbell River. In 1972 Ken became one of the founding members of the Refuge Cove Land and Housing Co-op and part owner of the marina business. In 1979 he moved to Cortes Island to resume teaching.
In later years, Ken’s great joy was to travel the globe with whatever time he could find free.
He visited the South Pacific, Australia, Southeast Asia, Central America, Cuba and South America. In whatever time was available at home, Ken strived to grow the biggest, ripest, earliest tomatoes and cucumbers and to brew and drink the finest beer in front of the warm fireplace or in the sunshine on the deck.
An afternoon of shared memories was held at Manson’s Landing community hall on February 18, 2007