Kenneth Ross Hutchinson
December 2, 1949 – December 20, 2013
After a 6 1/2 year battle with cancer Ken will rest on the tranquil waters of his favourite fishing spot. Survived by his wife and best friend Susan, children Kaleb (Melissa), Jolene (Ken) Riddle, Jenna, Jonas and Clinton. His precious granddaughters Kalyn and Sadie Hutchinson, Ryann and Reese Riddle. His furry fishing buddy Carlos. Ken is survived by his stepmother Penny, sister Sharon, brothers Keith (Roblyn), Brian (Mary-Jane), Stephen and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father Ed in 2002 and his mother Georgina in 2013.
Ken was born at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. His family later moved to Victoria, where he grew up in the Cordova Bay Area, spending his summers on the beach. Graduated in 1969 from Esquimalt High then continued on to work for BC Parks, building hiking trails and campsites at Manning Park, Garibaldi Park and Mt. Seymour. He then worked for Westcraft Windows in the Courtenay area and Dave Burkhard Construction until moving to Little Fort from Courtenay in the fall of 1980 to farm and raise his family.
There in Little Fort Ken and Susan raised their five children, developed their farm and had the only herd of registered Hays Converter cattle in the B.C. Interior. During this time Ken worked full time for 26 years at Gilbert Smith Forest Products in Barriere until falling ill. Ken loved being outdoors, fishing, camping, sledding and fixing cars.
Thank you to the caring staff at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House for taking such good care of us during Ken’s final days. Also to all the doctors and home care support that helped over the past years.
A private family service will be held. Should friends desire donations may be made to Marjorie Willoughby Hospice House, 72 Whiteshield Crescent S, Kamloops BC V2E 2S9 or to the North Thompson Hospice House Society, Box 1, Little Fort, BC, V0E 2C0. Arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, 73 Taren Drive, Clearwater, V0E 1N2, 250-674-3030.