KENNETH EARL FOWLER. Born May 30, 1957, Armstrong, B.C. passed away February 12, 2003, Victoria, B.C. Ken passed away suddenly in the intensive care unit of Victoria General Hospital following complications of a serious illness. Ken was recently predeceased by his mother, Dinty Hill. Ken is lovingly remembered by his devoted wife, Wendy; children, Charlotte and Clinton; his father Terry Fowler (Nancy); siblings, Fred (Shirley), Bob (Kathy), Bill (Kathy), Karen and Gene (Brenda); nieces, nephews, teammates, work mates, fish mates and many other dear friends. Those who knew Ken knew him to be a generous and trustworthy guy who was committed to and valued his family, friends and his Thrifty Foods family. He loved to fish, play ball, curl and eat Chinese food. People will remember his quick, witty sense of humour and his obsession for nicknaming. As manager of Broadmead Thrifty Foods, Ken was a compassionate and supportive boss with a strong work ethic. Ken’s position required many hours in the office (e-mailing Phil, Danny, Peter, and Bill), yet his favourite place was to be on the floor with employees and customers. Ken had great respect for Ernie Skinner and Alex Campbell and greatly appreciated their trust and the learning opportunities they provided for him. Ken was key member of the M.B.s slo-pitch team and developed long and lasting friendships with his teammates. He shared his father’s love of curling with the M.B.s and thus continued their camaraderie throughout the winter. His teammates remember Ken for his spirit, understanding, encouragement and support whether the team was winning or losing. He will be greatly missed by the M.B.s and their families. His heart and spirit will be with them forever. My marriage to Ken was based on love, trust, and respect. We enjoyed spending time together, watching Crocodile Hunter and Hockey Night in Canada, fine dining, and hanging out at home. Ken loved to come home to our family and was a very involved daddy to Charlotte, 7 and Clinton, 4 – he was up many nights comforting the kids. From playing horse to building forts, telling stories of his childhood on the farm with his brothers and sister, and sharing his passion for cooking, fishing and the outdoors, he was their best friend and playmate. Their time together was precious and far too short. Wendy, family and friends, wish to express thanks and appreciation to Alex Campbell and the Thrifty Foods Family, the special Drs. and nurses of RJH and VGH ICUs; the Christian Community, especially Victoria Harvest Church and Lambrick Park Church; the Master Batters and their families; the many others whose prayers and support have been and are so important during this difficult time. The outpouring of love and compassion demonstrated in the weeks of Ken’s illness and following his death will always be remembered and are a testament to Ken’s character and the impact he had on so many lives.
Memorial service held Friday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m., Lambrick Park Church, 1780 Feltham Rd. Standing reception to follow. In lieu of cut flowers donations may be made to: Help Fill A Dream, 902 Hillside Ave., 382-3135; Ducks Unlimited, CanadaHelps.org or 1-800-665-3825. House and garden plants for the family home are also welcome.
“Hey Walt, Chur, Chur!”