Ken Spiers, beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, died on Feb. 24, 2016 at the age of 59.
Ken was born in Nelson, BC on July 29, 1956. He was the second of three children born to Gordon and Ruby Spiers. He attended Hume Elementary School in Nelson and was an active member of the Junior Chamber (Jaycees), which trained young men in leadership and civic engagement. He held the position of Sargent-at-Arms and was responsible for maintaining order during meetings. As a teenager he was known for his dedication to weightlifting and for the burnouts he performed with his 1969 Mustang Mach 1. On February 20,1982, he married the love of his life, Janice Forrester. Their eldest son Kent was born in June of that year. Ken spent many years working throughout Yukon where he made many lifelong friends. In 1991, he moved his family to Fort McMurray to work for Fording Coal. On January 17,1994 their second son, Scott, was born. The family briefly moved in 2001 to Spruce Grove but returned (except for Kent) a year later. Upon returning to Fort McMurray, Ken worked for Shell as a Foreman, Supervisor and Contract Coordinator.
The most important thing to Ken was his family who he loved and supported unconditionally. He was known for his contagious laugh, jokes and light-heartedness. Many of his Fort McMurray friends remember his Harley Davidson Fatboy that he kept meticulously clean and during the holidays would decorate with Christmas lights.
Ken leaves behind his wife and two sons. He is also survived by his siblings Dan (Betty) Spiers and Cathy (Ken) Martin.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Canadian Legion Hall in Salmo on August 27th from noon to 3:30.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that a donation be made in Ken’s name to the Northern Lights Foundation.