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John Dearden

Ken Dearden

Thursday, June 14th, 1923 Sunday, September 1st, 2019

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Obituary for Ken Dearden

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John Kenneth Dearden (Ken) at the Eagle Ridge Hospital on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Dad passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years Rubina (Ruby), eldest son Bruce, brother Alec and sister Irene. Dad is survived by son’s Don (Mary), and Greg (Suann), grandchildren Rochelle, Matthew, Tyler, Kara, Nick and Ryan, as well as many wonderful and loving nieces and nephews.

Dad was born and raised in New Westminster. After graduating from high school, he started working in a New Westminster firm, providing general insurance, accounting, and land registry searches and registrations. In 1941 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) where he earned his wings. After his discharge from RCAF in 1945, he continued flying for some years. He returned to the same firm in New West, where he became a Notary Public, receiving his commission in 1962. Dad was very active in both the business community in New Westminster and Coquitlam and was involved in Coquitlam minor league baseball for over 20 years. Dad retired in 1989 and set off with Mom to explore Canada and enjoy cruises to distant countries. He especially loved spending time at their cabin near Mount Baker with family and friends.

We will never forget, his humour and infectious laugh or his sense of duty, love of family, and all things hockey. He will be sadly missed by his family and all that knew him.

Please share your memories, stories, and pictures on his Book of Memories.

Memorial donations may be made to Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation at www.erhf.ca.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm; with reception to follow.

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  • Service

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Burquitlam Funeral Home
    625 North Road
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    Saturday, October 26th, 2019
  • Reception

    Burquitlam Funeral Home
    625 North Road
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    Reception to follow after Celebration of Life

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Comment | Posted at 02:17pm via Floral Arrangements

Pamela Pta

We have known Ken for serval years. Ken was not only our neighbour but our dear friend.
My husband Rob remembers his love of sports and our many conversations about The Blue Jays, Lions and the Canucks.
Ken will be dearly missed ❤️
We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends.
All our love.
Pam & Rob
Comment | Posted at 12:04pm via Condolence

Barb Mason

I worked in the Land Title Office in New Westminster. It was such a pleasure to interact with Ken Dearden. He had a smile that lit up the office and was always pleasant with staff. He was certainly a credit to his profession. He was a true gentleman. Barb Mason
Comment | Posted at 11:30am via Condolence

Jil Sonia McDonald (Tullis) & family

We were all so very lucky to know Ken. He always had a smile and a joke to tell. I know my Dad (Howard Tullis) was honoured to call Ken, his best friend.
He meant so very much to my Dad & Mum. Ken's kindness, laughter and love will always be remembered.
With fond remembrance, Jil & family
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Jil Sonia McDonald (Tullis) & family planted a memorial tree for Ken Dearden
Comment | Posted at 12:50am via Memorial Tree

Jil McDonald

Greg and Don and families,
I remember such great times we all had together, vacationing at Mara Lake, learning to water ski... (I remember once there was a small fire and your Dad grabbed the fire extinguisher and he was running and trying to read the fire extinguisher at the same time, trying not to trip in the sand.) I had to giggle (gosh, seems like it happened yesterday).
Ken always, I mean always, had a smile on his face, never complained and always looked on the bright side of things.
I remember last Remembrance day, I called him and we chatted for over an hour, talking about the great times (parties, BBQs) we had, I thanked him for his service in the Air Force, he was so humble and gracious, always turning the conversation on to others, not himself.
On behalf of my late Mum and Dad, (Howard and Audrey Tullis), thank you for sharing your Dad with us. He is an amazing man and I know I'll never forget him, or the impact he had on my life.
With respect, Jil Tullis (McDonald) and family.
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