READY WELLAND KENNETH
June 13, 1926 – July 21, 2008
Ken Ready succumbed to his courageous battle with throat cancer, passing peacefully.
Ken longed to be reunited with his dear mother, Bijou, father, Sgt. Major Welland Ready, sisters, Roberta, Louise and Jean, as well as brothers, John Mackenzie and Douglas.
Born in Pipestone, Manitoba, Ken easily could have been the poster boy for the Great Depression in the 30’s, living on the prairies. Ken joined the Royal Canadian Navy in Esquimalt on March 20, 1944 at the weight of 113.25 lbs., sailing on HMCS Discovery, Chippawa, Cornwallis, Naden, Givenchy, Chatham and Woodstock until his demobalization of January 22, 1946.
Ken took advantage of opportunities resulting from his war service to learn a trade, carpentry-joinery, which transported him into the Winnipeg residential building scene supervising large volume developments in St. James. He also physically built houses in his spare time, one of which being the Ready residence in Charleswood.
In the early 60’s, Ken left construction, gaining employment with the Manitoba Department of Labor as an inspector. He served the province for over 25 years, taking early retirement in 1988 and leaving Winnipeg for their lovely home on Sundance Road, Cambie-Solsqua.
Ken’s passion for cards, curling, snooker and telling jokes very effectively is well known by many friends and acquaintances across Canada.
Ken leaves to mourn his passing, wife of 60 years, Vera; daughters, Laurie and Susan; son, Sheldon; grandchildren, Carolyn Palmer, Colin Ready-Evoy,
Phoenix R. Braun, Allison Motz and Peter Ready-Long.
Funeral services for Ken will be held at the Sicamous United Church on Friday, July 25, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. with Fred Duck officiating. Burial
will follow at Eagle Valley & District Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ken will be gratefully accepted by the Sicamous Curling Club, 1121 Eagle Pass Way, Sicamous, BC, V0E 2V1.
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Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.