KENNETH (KEN) MELVIN SPOTSWOOD

Ken Spotswood died suddenly from heart failure at home in Victoria, BC on November 30, 2015, in his 71st year.

Born in Saint John, NB, Feb. 11, 1945, Ken attended Charles Dickens and Sir Charles Tupper schools in Vancouver, and worked in Trail, BC, at Cominco Smelter and as a radio deejay.

Ken was photo editor/reporter at The Province (Vancouver, 1966 – 1979), head writer/producer, CKVU-TV News (Vancouver, 1979 – 1981), Northern Bureau Chief for Southam News/Edmonton Journal (Yellowknife, NWT, 1981 – 1983), and assignment editor/producer, BCTV Weekend News Hour (Vancouver, 1985 – 1989).

He lived in Whitehorse and Dawson City, Yukon and from 1989-2004 was variously communications officer (for Yukon Anniversaries Commission, Yukon Electrical Company, RCMP), executive producer, Northern Native Broadcasting, media skills instructor, Yukon College, and features writer, Yukon News. A noted Yukon historian, Ken wrote The Rush for Souls.

In Vernon, BC, he was public education coordinator (Canadian Mental Health Assoc., 2007). Ken parlayed his struggle with depression into the book Men and Depression – A Silent Epidemic and became an educator/speaker on the subject.

As proprietor of Funtiques (Vernon, 2009-2010), Ken indulged his love of “antiques, collectibles, and weirdness.” In Vernon and in Victoria, BC, where he moved in 2012, Ken was a director of Prime Timers.

Ken leaves numerous cousins (especially close to Shawny, Sally, Ron, and Sandi), step-sisters Janice and Joanne, and cherished friends who treasured his presence in their lives.

He was predeceased by six months by his mother, Mary Harrison (nee Patrick) in Vernon (May 24, 2015), godmother, the author Dorothy Farmiloe (May 30, 2015), stepfather, Donald Harrison (2004), father Melvin Spotswood (1974), cousins Charlene Rossetti (1987) and William Spotswood (2002). Ken was very fond of his grandmothers, Eva Spotswood Rose (d.1980) and Anastazia Petryk/Patrick (d.1982).

Memorials were held in Richmond, BC, and Dawson City, YT, June 22 & 26, 2016. Ash interment was in the Yukon Order of Pioneers Cemetery (Dawson City). Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.


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