January 2, 1938 – June 6, 2020 in his 83rd year. It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his children Kim (Mike), Shawn (Barb) and Robyn (Oliver) and his grandchildren Dustin, Austin, Jessie, Oliver, Ashley, Arden, Emerald and Felicia as well as his great grandson Weston. Dad was predeceased by the love of his life and constant companion, Marlene (Koo Koo) in 2016. He missed her deeply and their many countryside drives with the Christmas music blaring in the truck in the middle of July. He cherished our yearly family vacations to his brother Chub’s camp in Shining Tree on Deschenes Lake. There were many nights sitting by the campfire listening to old family stories and the strumming of a guitar that we wished would never end. We will retell these stories for generations to come. Dad’s wishes were to have his ashes spread over his beloved moose camp on Deschenes Lake where he also went moose hunting every fall for many, many years. We will be honoured to fulfill that wish. Dad was an avid hunter and trap and skeet shooter. He was a member of the Hamilton Angling and Hunting Association (HAHA) for over 50 years and sat on the executive for many years. He took great pride when all of his children and grandchildren learned to shoot and hunt alongside him. Dad was the most amazing patient teacher. He taught us everything from math, computer programming and fixing anything with a motor to changing a tire and the oil. Most of all, he taught us to be big, strong, kind, humble and to always stand up for what is right. Dad was the youngest of 11 children, all of whom have predeceased him. They are all together once again. So papa, grab your beautiful Koo Koo and join the rest of your family and have the greatest hoedown heaven has ever seen! You were the greatest man on earth and your departure has left a massive hole in our hearts and in our lives. Loving and missing you forever. Stay big and strong xoxo. Due to the current COVID restrictions we will have a celebration of life at a future date.
Reading Ken’s obituary is quite startling, having spoken to him on the phone recently. I have known Ken since September, 1952 when we were in grade 9 at DHS. Over the years, I had stayed in touch with him on the telephone, while living in various communities. Five years ago, we met with other classmates that included Vince Dunn, Harry Lennard, and Pete Saberton. The group has grown to include more than 25 former DHS/DDHS students, meeting twice a year, until 2020. To Ken’s family I wish to express my sincere sympathy at this time of profound sadness.
Our deepest condolences to Ken’s family. His passions and his teachings will live on forever in all of you. As you move through this journey know that we are all here for you to console and carry on the most cherished memories you have of a very wonderful man. All our love Brad, Tanya, Alyssa, Quincy, Caeleigh, Kent, Spencer, Steff and Brielle
Our hearts go out to you. Your dad sounds like he was an amazing, caring, supportive man whose legacy will live on with you all forever. May the memories of all the good times you spent together sustain you.
So sorry for your loss.
We will miss having breakfast at the gun club with him on Sunday mornings. He always had a story to tell. Lots of reminiscing of times spent at Deschenes Lake.
He will be greatly missed.
From the Robillards
My sincere condolences to my cousins and their families. I have many memories of Uncle Ken and his brother Bruce (my dad) cracking each other up over the years. They would do some little skit when they initialling saw each other,(Doo-ah) and laughed until they cried. Uncle Ken often came by to visit, and would always call out to mom “Hi there Annie Goat”. He had a crazy sense of humour, and a big heart. He installed a new furnace in my first home I bought, and bumped his head often in my low basement, saying he learned many new swear words that day.
May he be joined with his family and Aunt Marlene in happiness and love.
Your niece, Sharon
My sympathy to the Lewis families. A great man never leaves this earth. He is in a grandchild’s smile, a great grandchild’s eyes and always in the memory of those he loved and were left behind.
Uncle Ken there are so many words that describe the kind of man he was. I’m sure everyone who knew him would have their own words to describe who he was to them because he was so many things to so many people. To me, he was “MY” Uncle Ken he was kind, patient, strong, the best hugger, a leader, teacher, an early bird, story teller, fixer, hard worker, keeper, smart, a giver, trustworthy, a reader, tall, big, handsome, rough, tough, charming, robust, protective, hero, powerful, funny, athletic, dependable, reliable, helpful, a great listener and a strong shoulder to cry on. There are so many stories to tell for each and every word and I’m sure they will be told again and again. I just wanted to say I love you, I will miss you and you will always have a piece of my heart. Rest In Peace, “TRY” to be good Uncle Ken and give koo koo a kiss for me. ????
Condolences to Kim, Shawn, Robyn and all their Families . Love and cherish every memory that you have with your Mom and Dad.
Darlene Maio (Smith)
Great man and a great person, you will be missed, ride by the house every day
My sympathies to the Lewis family in the passing of Ken. I grew up with Ken as a teenager and we had much fun at High School, doing math homework at his house on Hatt Street. The date of this activity was in the 1950’s. I last saw Ken at on of our reunions at the Legion two years ago. A very nice write-up in th Spectator yesterday. God Bless Him.
Brian and I would like to pass on our condolences to the family. Uncle Ken left us with many wonderful memories , like winter picnics in the bush, ground hoggin, and all the long and very loud chatter with the Sarge about all the important issues in the world which included who was the best shot , who had the best ski doo . Hard headed comes to mind again and again I don’t know who had the hardest ! They had a great time arguing about it all . It gives us comfort to know that he will be reunited with his loved ones.