November 12, 1951 – March 7, 2019
Kevin was born on November 12, 1951 and passed away peacefully on March 7, 2019 at his home in Clearwater, BC. He is predeceased by his mother, Margaret Mary “Peggy” Selbee and survived by his father, Lorne Dale Selbee, and his brothers and sisters: Phillip (Donna) Selbee, Deanna (Dave) Tomlinson, Allen (Linda) Selbee, Christine (Eric) McLean, McGarry (Kim) Selbee, Scott (Sandra) Selbee, Laureen (Mark) Jensen, and Colleen Demers. In addition, holding him close to their hearts and memories are 26 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews.
Kevin, the oldest of nine children, was born in Kamloops BC. He excelled in school and taught himself to play the guitar. He shared his love of music and art with his siblings and especially with his nieces and nephews. The “House of the Rising Sun” was a favorite and was sure to make an appearance at any
family gathering that included Kevin and his guitar.
He was a gentle soul with a fierce attitude, who spent much of his early life in Ottawa, pursing his studies. His socialist views led him to become a statistician that focussed on the nonprofit sector and volunteerism and included research on vulnerable women and populations. An accomplished scholar in Sociology, he travelled around the world presenting his academic research papers. He always set the bar high for himself, achieving an honors in his undergraduate degree and winning the Senate medal for outstanding academic performance while achieving his PhD from Carleton University. Kevin never gave up seeking knowledge and higher learning, and by doing so inspired us to achieve our dreams and aspirations, no matter what.
Kevin also loved nature, camping, winning board games (losing was not an option), and debating anything and everything under the sun. But, his greatest joy was spending time with his nieces and nephews, many of whom consider him their “cool Uncle”.
Kevin retired and moved to Clearwater in 2017 where he volunteered at the local food bank. He will be missed deeply by his family and friends. A celebration of his life will be arranged later this year.
Memorial donations may be made to the Clearwater and District Food Bank Society where Kevin volunteered. Cheques can be mailed to 742B Clearwater Village Road, Clearwater, BC V0E 1N1.