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November 26, 1926 - June 23, 2014
Dad was born in Powell River in 1926, the third of four children born to Jack and Silvia Kennedy. He passed away quietly in the Victoria General Hospital June 23rd. He leaves behind his children Donna (Mark), Grant (Christine), Allan, and Olive (Glen). He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Brittany, Serena, and Dex, as well as his sister Silvia
of Bellville Ontario.
The family thanks all those who helped with his care during the past year: Tim, Ron, Debbie and the pharmacy staff at People’s Drug Mart, Dr. Tom Vally and his staff, Dr. Jenny Rajala his cardiologist, the Paramedics and First Responders, Sooke Hospice and all the home care workers that made it possible for Dad to stay in his home the last few months of his life. The family also thanks the doctors, nursing staff, and care aides at Victoria General, 6C North, for their kindness and care.
We would also like to thank his life time friends Ernie and Joyce Greenaway for their support during his illness, also long-time friends and companions John Chipperfield and Eddy Anderson. Your visits always made him feel better and put a smile on his face.
Dad left school at age 13 and went to work to help support his family. By age 16 he was working in the logging industry setting chokers. After a bad injury, which left him in a body cast for most of a year, Dad drove bus for Island Coach Lines and long-haul freight from B.C. to Alberta. He eventually went back to working in logging, but this time driving logging truck.
In 1954 Dad moved his family to Sooke which was to be home for the rest of his life. He worked for Elder’s Logging, Malloch and Mosley, Eve Logging, Chew Logging and Arden (father and son) to name a few. He was also owner/operator of JB Transport for a few years taking peat moss to California and bringing fresh produce back to Vancouver.
Dad had a reputation for being hard working; if it had wheels he could drive it, if it had an engine he could fix it. Having spent his life working, hunting and fishing on the west coast to provide for his family he acquired an amazing knowledge of both the forest and the local waters.
There will be no service at Dad’s request.