April 6, 1924 – October 17, 2015
Ken died on October 17, 2015, five days short of his 66th Wedding anniversay and the day he would have been on the golf course with friends in the season-ending Seniors Fun Tournament at the Vernon Golf Course. He was born in Winnipeg on April 6, 1924, the youngest son of George and Margaret Smith and lived in Winnipeg and spent many happy summers at the family cottage at Victoria Beach. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters and his sons Neil and Murray. He is survived by wife Wendy, his loving companion of 65 years, son Fraser and three nieces and two nephews and their families.
He attended the University of Manitoba before joining the R.C.A.F. during the second world war, then completed a ‘tour of duty’ with Bomber Command in Britain as a navigator.
After the war, he returned to studies at U.B.C. graduating in Geological Engineering in 1950.
Ken and Wendy were married in Vancouver on October 22, 1949. After graduating, he moved to Alberta. Wendy joined him soon with their first son.
He enjoyed his many years as an exploration geologist — five years in Edmonton and Athabasca with California Standard, 28 years in Calgary with Husons’s Bay Oil & Gas and finally two years with Dome Petroleum. For recreation in Calgary, Ken and Wendy curled and were avid square dancers.
On retirement, they moved to their beautiful home above Kalamalka Lake and the park in Coldstream, B.C. Daily life in summer included hikes in the park with their dogs, two swims in the lake and 18 holes of golf at the Vernon G.C. In winter, they enjoyed curing, bridge and touring other countries with their gold clubs.
Ken had a wonderful life and will be missed by many. Join us for a Memorial gathering for Ken at the Vernon Golf & Country Club between 2 and 4 PM on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Should you wish, please donate to the charity of your choice.