On July 14 2015, Kenneth Longland set out on his final adventure. It is with much love and fond memories that his loving wife Karen, brother’s, James, Eric and Terry, Sister Bernice, nieces, nephews precious family and friends gathered to say so long and thanks for the unconditional love, and wonderful memories.
Ken was the fourth child to be born to Vivian and Les Longland in Victoria on March 28th 1948. Sister Bernice always said “Ken was the good and happy baby”, he was that and much more.
Raised on the family farm in Saanich. Ken would later work in the logging industry as a choker man and heavy machine operator up and down the Island. Ken also spent 21 years maintaining and keeping the roads safe from Langford to Port Renfrew . Many a night while folks slept he was out on the roads, bucking up down trees or clearing snow and ice for all to safely travel in the morning.
In his youth, his love of sports had him involved as a back catcher in baseball and his real passion a Goalie in hockey! A team player! He spent some of his spare time coaching girls hockey team.
Ken married his childhood sweet heart and true love Karen on August 18 1973. They moved to Sooke in 1975 where they lived for 41 years. Their 4.5 acer property is a haven of beauty and dedication to both Ken and Karen’s love of the land and all creatures great and small. Except for gray squirrels!
His stories were amazing, if you wanted to know anything at all, Ken was the one who would know, the keeper of the information and the historian of the coast. A story teller that captivated all!
Generous of his time, always willing to give a hand, no job was to tall an order for Ken to help out with. He was an invincible force on any piece of heavy machinery that he would pull from his Big Boys Toy Shed.
Ken’s strong will and determination carried him through the past years of a valiant fight! He passed peacefully! He was loved by many and will be missed by all who’s life he touched.
Many thanks to the Doctors and Staff at Royal Jubilee Hospital, BC Cancer Agency and Sooke Hospice Palliative Care team for their wonderful kindness, gentle care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency and or Sooke Hospice.
A remembrance of Ken’s life will be in the fall. Kens wishes were to have family and friends gather round a big Kenny style bonfire to celebrate his life.