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HARDING, Kenneth Frederick

Ken was born in Kamloops on May 24, 1926. His family returned to Kelowna 2 years later where he grew up, living the remainder of his life in Kelowna.


He is survived by his loving wife Gwen (nee Reece) of 68 years, son Kevin and wife Cheryl, grandson Justin, granddaughter Stephanie, great granddaughter Cali, sister Joyce (Colin Cameron) and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special long time friends. Predeceased by daughter Temie Ann, brothers Lynn, Terry, Roy (RCNVR), Doug, sisters Gwen Gregory, Hazel Spracklin.


Following a short career in the family hardware and furniture business, he joined Whillis Insurance Agency ultimately with Jim Whillis as a partner evolving into Whillis Harding Insurance Agency until his retirement at 75.


He was a dedicated volunteer in the community starting with the Kinsmen Club at 19. He was a Junior Chamber of Commerce member, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotarian, Central Okanagan Foundation, founding member of Bursary and Scholarship Society, B.C.I.T., United Way, Bold Horizons Campaign, Safety Council and the Gellatly Nut Farm.  Honored by receiving Queens Jubilee Medal, Honorary Fellow of Central Okanagan College, Fred Macklin Memorial Award and member of the Board of First United Church.


Celebration of Life will be held on May 24, 2017 ay 11:00 am at Mission Creek Alliance Church, 2091 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, reception to follow at Kelowna Golf and Country Club, 1297 Glenmore Road at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Foundation www.centralokanaganfoundation.org. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Service: May 24, 2017 ay 11:00 am

Location: Mission Creek Alliance Church

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for HARDING, Kenneth Frederick is scheduled for May 24, 2017 ay 11:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Mission Creek Alliance Church

2091 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Ken Glen says:

    To the Harding Families,

    Please accept my condolences, Ken will always be remembered as a significant Role Model and Mentor in many people’s lives. I’ve always felt very fortunate in being able to frequently reflect upon him as a person of positive influence on my own.

    Ken Glen

  • Stan Morgan says:

    Ken was true gentleman and a great citizen of Kelowna. His contributions are obvious everywhere He will be missed.God Bless Ken

  • Rick Reece says:

    My condolences to Aunt Gwen and Cousin Kevin and Family. Ken embodied being a engaged and committed resident and likely one of the Okanagan’s greatest boosters. Ken gave back in many ways- his time, knowledge and energy were always there. There was no quit in Ken, ever. I will miss him and his always upbeat positive approach to life. RIP Uncle.

  • Diane Charles says:

    I have so many wonderful memories of “Grandpa Ken”. He was far more than Dad’s business partner … he really did seem like part of the family while I was growing up. I can picture him holding my daughter 20 years ago – seems like yesterday.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Harding’s as they say goodbye to this amazing man. God Bless

  • Danielle says:

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my condolences. I hope the promise held out at John 5:21,28-29 can bring you some comfort. Until that hope is fulfilled, cherish the memories you have of your loved one and reflect upon them often.

  • Vera Senger says:

    To Gwen and family . Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. He was a wonderful man. Vera Senger

  • Anne Mackay says:

    My thoughts are with all of you at this time. Over the past 45 years, our paths crossed many times and I have always had a great fondness and respect for Ken and the Harding family.
    Anne Mackay
    Former KSS teacher and COBBS member

  • Adrienne Skinner says:

    Dear Gwen and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. He was a wonderful man and community leader with a warm and generous spirit. Take care during this difficult time.

    Adrienne Skinner

  • Jacquie and Bruce Jones says:

    Our sincerest condolences to Gwen and family. Ken was such a great guy and a role model. He will defenitley be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. We will miss the service this morning as last night’s storm and high water have left our property in disarray. Sincerely Bruce and Jacquie Jones

  • Dixie Shirreff says:

    Gwen and family. My sincere condolences to you all. Ken was a very special person who was easy to love. He and Jim Whillis gave me my second job in the insurance business when I was 19 years old. Fond memories of our relationship through the years. He’ll be deeply missed.

  • Arlene Jackson says:

    Dear Gwen. It was just wonderful speaking with you a few minutes ago. I have always loved both you and Ken and remember the great days we had with my parents in the Kinsmen Club, Pinewoods Lodge, visiting you in Kelowna. I loved Ken’s humour and personality. He and my Dad were so close. He will be missed.

  • Ralph & Sharlene Oslund says:

    We extend our sincere sympathy to you Gwen & Kevin. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Ken was one of the key people in the Kinsmen Club that made our enjoyment of that part of our lives spent living in Kelowna. He was always cheerful, positive and he truly inspired everyone in the club. We have fond memories of our involvement at that time-in the 1960’s! Sincerely, Ralph & Sharlene Oslund, Penticton

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