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Kenneth Gordon Paulley

Kenneth Gordon Paulley

Memorial Service

Saturday, February 17, 2024
2:00 PM
Saint Agnes Anglican Church
530 East 12th Street, North Vancouver, BC
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Obituary for Kenneth Gordon Paulley

June 11, 1929 - November 6, 2023

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Kenneth Gordon Paulley on the evening of November 6 at Evergreen Nursing Home in North Vancouver, BC. He was 94 years old.

Ken will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Cheryl, Kim (George) and Deborah (Ed); stepchildren Jim (Evelyn), Marsha; grandchildren Sean (Cheryl), Michelle (Fran), Charlotte (Nathan), Nicole, Natasha; step grandchildren, Lyla, Michael, Mitchell, Mathew; great grandchildren Vanessa, Mateo; step great grandchildren Hunter, Ana. Sharing their loss are cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Doreen Anderson, brother, Dick Paulley, second wife, Harriet, last partner, Genie Kubryn, and step granddaughter, Catherine.

He is survived by his first wife, Dorothy, (nee Luke), with whom he raised their three daughters, Cheryl, Kim and Deborah. After their marriage in 1954, Ken and Dorothy bought their first home in East Kildonan, Winnipeg, where they lived for the better part of 10 years. It was a close knit neighbourhood where the kids all played together and their parents were chums. Ken played community baseball and enjoyed walking to the local store for groceries until he got his first car, a Studebaker. And so began his hobby of working the flyers and driving from store to store to land the best deals. Their home was not far from Ken’s family home in Elmwood where he had attended Lord Selkirk High School. His life long love of golf began at an Elmwood golf course where as a teen he got paid for finding golf balls. His other passions included listening to jazz crooners, with Dick Haymes being his favourite, and crunching numbers. According to his yearbook, his ambition was to become a chartered accountant.

Ken worked for Canadian Pacific from age 18 to 59, a true company man. He started with CP Air, and worked his way over to CP Transport. He made his ascent up the CP Transport management ladder, no doubt in part owing to his facility with numbers. In 1969, his promotion to Traffic Manager for Western Canada took the family to Vancouver. He had a passion for and excelled at accuracy games, coming home regularly with trophies for golf, snooker and shuffleboard. He was a terrific poker player and loved to bet on the ponies. He also loved his annual fishing trips with his buddies. He was what they once called a man’s man.

Upon retirement, Ken packed up his golf clubs and gold watch, and he and Harriet, his second wife, moved to Vernon. Every summer, over his 30 years in Vernon, he welcomed a regular parade of family there.

Ken lived well and played an important role in his family. He could be counted on for regular check-ins, well-considered generosity, and never missing a birthday or placing that cheery Christmas morning phone call. He loved to tell a joke, and his quick wit could easily catch you off guard, ne’er did he miss a beat.

We would like to thank all the staff of 2 South at Evergreen Nursing Home in North Vancouver for their compassionate care over the last two years of Ken’s life, and prior to that for a year and a half, the dedicated care of the staff of Polson Long Term Care in Vernon.

A Memorial Service will take place Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 2:00 pm at Saint Agnes Anglican Church, 530 East 12th St., North Vancouver, BC.

To do the useful thing,
to say the courageous thing,
to contemplate the beautiful thing:
that is enough for one man’s life.

~ T.S. Elliot

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vancouver SPCA and BC Cancer Agency in Ken's memory.

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