May 1, 1929 – Apr 4, 2018
Ken Milner died at Kootenay Lake Hospital after a highly active and very productive life of almost 89 years.
He was born in Selby, Yorkshire, England to Edith and John. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Forestry and shortly thereafter moved to BC because, as he said, “there were more trees than in England”. Ken joined the BC Forest Service around 1957. He met his future wife Friedl at a dance in Prince George; they married in 1959. After their daughters were born, they moved to Prince Rupert in 1963 and had many adventures in the rain. In 1969 Ken was transferred to Nelson, where the picnicking continued in better weather.
Ken loved the outdoors and spent as much time as possible there, camping, sailing the boat he had built, hiking, cross-country skiing, getting firewood, and gardening. He was a skilled handyman and could create or fix almost anything, generally using re-purposed materials. Ken had a wry sense of humour and was much given to punning.
He was a proud member of the Lions Club for many years and greatly enjoyed contributing to their projects. He enjoyed Scottish country dancing and was a long-standing member of the local group. And for many years he was very active in the Duhamel Water District. After retirement, he and Friedl travelled a great deal, mostly with their camper in the back of the pickup.
Ken is survived by his wife Friedl, daughters Susan and Anna, and grandson Remi.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kelly Mieske and the staff of the third floor of Kootenay Lake Hospital for their very kind and thoughtful care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken’s name to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation or to the charity of your choice.