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Kenneth Gibbs

June 3, 1927 - October 1, 2021


Ken Gibbs passed away on Friday morning, October 1st at the Victoria General Hospital.

He leaves behind his wife of 22 years Mary (Pickel). He was predeceased by his first wife Roberta (Murray) in 1988.

Son Barry Gibbs (Terry Goulet), ex-wife Judi (McWilliam), grandchildren Ian (Jamie McClimans), Braden (Sheena Anderson), Nathan and great-grandsons Charlie, Jagger and Phoenix.

Daughter Betty Parker, grandchildren Tyler (Lindy Adamkowski) and Tessa (Micheal Perry).  Predeceased by his son in law Spencer Parker.

Ken was born on the farm near Dalzell, Saskatchewan.  He is predeceased by his parents Lionel and Winifred (Philpot) and his five brothers Robert (Alice), Edward (Betty), Reginald (Dulcie), Walter (Doris) and Denys (June) and survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

His first career from 1945 till 1975 was banking.  He worked for the Bank of Montreal, the Bank of London & Montreal and the Bank of British Columbia.  Ken worked in every province in Canada except PEI.  A highlight being a 3-year posting to Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1961.  His second career, owning his own business, started with the purchase of Ross Bay Link Hardware in Oak Bay BC.  His career in the hardware business stretched from 1975 until 2000.  A highlight being his term on the National Board of Home Hardware, where he was Chairman.

Ken was the Treasurer for the United Service Masonic Lodge #24 for many years.  He received the Award of Merit in 2004 for 50 years service.  He was also a Member of the Scottish Rite.

Ken loved his family and had fun with them, often telling childhood stories of his rural upbringing.  Ken loved reading and walking, as well as feeling the sun’s warmth on his back, viewing the garden and hummingbirds.

Ken and Mary enjoyed travelling, camping, renovating and attending Chemainus Theatre performances.  They were blessed to be two of the original six Directors of Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship in 2011.

Special thanks are extended to all Ken’s nursing, doctoring and pastoral care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Chemainus Theatre Festival and the Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship, in Memory of Kenneth Gibbs.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at the Mill Bay Baptist Church, 2095 Dickson Road.  A Zoom link to this service will be made available on the church’s website.

Interment will be held June, 2022 in Lyleton, Manitoba.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sandra Gibbs
Relation: Niece

My Uncle Ken. It is difficult to imagine we will not see you again on this earth, hear your laugh, see your smile, and revel in your jokes and stories from your/our past. You are the last of a generation, shared by all of your relatives. We will miss you.

From: Lionel Gibbs
Relation: Uncle

Uncle Ken you will be missed I always loved our interactions and your sense of humour. I also know Paige and Natalie will miss you dearly. Paige loved the stories about our history and life growing up with the Gibbs boys in the farm in Sask.

From: John and Diane Morgan
Relation: Friends

Dear Mary , We are so glad you had so many happy years together, We miss Ken and all he supported at MBBF . We send our love and condolences to you and all the family.

From: Ingrid Schanzenbacher
Relation: I was his accountant for many years.

Dear Mary
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your soul mate. I’ll always remember Ken as the person that always made me laugh with his quick wit and his trying to give me a hard time just so that I would give him a hard time back. He really liked the word play. So did I.

From: Ken and Bev Haggett
Relation: Next door neighbors

We met Ken and Mary when we moved next door to them over 15 years ago. We have enjoyed many times together playing cards, having coffee, sitting in the garage chatting while watching the comings and going’s in the street, or just giving a friendly wave as we came to and from home!

Both the fellows had the same first name, so Ken G, was always referred to as Ken#1, and then there was Ken#2. He really was #1 to everyone who knew him. Such a kind, loving and caring man….with a wonderful sense of humor that always kept us laughing! We will miss you Ken….our neighborhood will never be the same without you. Rest In Peace.

From: Yvonne & Heinz Roemer
Relation: Friend of Mary

Dear Mary and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May all those wonderful memories you have of Ken give you comfort now and always.

From: Doug and Akemi McNish
Relation: Uncle

My Uncle Ken was a terrific guy. Ken always had a friendly smile and a way to make you feel great. Akemi and I are so sad to see him pass. Fortunately where lucky enough to spend some time with Ken and Mary recently. Our condolences to the family.

From: The Benner's

Dear Mary….Sending our sympathy from Ontario on the loss of your beloved Ken. Keeping you in our thoughts at this sad time…Don and Heather Benner

From: Darcy & Shelley Ellis
Relation: Dear Friends

Dear Mary,
We send our live and our heartfelt condolences to you as you grieve the loss of your one true love. Ken was a gentleman who loved you and was fulfilled building a beautiful life with you. Ken’s faith was the foundational bond in which your marriage was built and it is with a tear and a smile we shall remember all that Ken brought to those blessed enough to know him. May our God of comfort surround you and blanket your heart Mary until you are together again.
We love you,
Darcy & Shelley

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
November 6, 2021
Beginning at 1:30pm

Mill Bay Baptist Church, 2095 Dickson Road

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 7, 2021

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