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HEWLETT, Kenneth Gordon

February 10, 1948 — October 10, 2017

Ken’s family is saddened to announce his passing after a brief illness. He leaves behind his daughter Jennifer, special friend Pat Lee, brother Ian (Joanne), sister Leanne (Irv Stadel) and brother Stephen (Gretchen).  Also mourning his loss are many nieces and nephews and a large collection of great friends.  He was pre-deceased by his father, Frank Hewlett and his mother, Lila Hewlett.

Ken was born and raised in Prince George and went on to receive a degree in recreation from the University of British Columbia. Ken settled in Ladner, BC and served the province for over 25 years as a Social Worker throughout the lower mainland. After retirement, Ken moved to Oliver, BC and Mesa, Arizona to enjoy the good life filled with sunshine, friends, family and golf.

Ken was not one for the materialistic and instead sought happiness and fulfillment by playing golf with his friends, spending time with his daughter and simply being mindful of the good things in life. Anyone who knew Ken also knows he loved to make lists, especially when he had a project on the horizon. Whether it was building a staircase, packing a suitcase or just planning his day, it was a project and a list was required!

A self-proclaimed road warrior, Ken spent a lot of time behind the wheel. Sometimes he was just checking things out and enjoying the views, other times in search of his next adventure (or project). This love of being on the road probably started in childhood when his parents would take the whole family on road trips around the province and eventually to their own cabin on Fraser Lake. Ken loved everything about Fraser Lake – the remoteness and sense of peace it offered, the connection to nature, the way it brought the family together, and the countless summers spent teaching his daughter to appreciate these same experiences.

Ken’s positive nature and willingness to see the best in everyone was one of his most defining characteristics. We can be comforted by the fact that anyone who knew him has seen this, and is a better person for it.

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Harvest Golf Club, 2725 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, BC.  No flowers please – donations to the charity of your choice will be appreciated.

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The service for HEWLETT, Kenneth Gordon is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st , 2017. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Harvest Golf Club

2725 K.L.O. Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Leanne Hewlett says:

    What a wonderful brother you have always been to me.
    Will miss you terribly
    Love you forever Ken ♥️

  • Christine and Tony Riedner says:

    Sending love to all the Hewlett Family. We are so sad…. – Chris and Tony Riedner

  • Sue says:

    Ken and Jen;
    Ken – I love you to the moon and back, you know that. Jen – You have been an amazing daughter to your dad and I have lived it and seen it since you were 8 years old. I will always be there for you.
    Love, Sue

  • Dean Andrews says:

    Sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Thinking of the Hewlett family at this sad time.,

  • Shari Kvistad says:

    So sorry Ian and family on the loss of your brother May he be always in your hearts

  • LyetteLucy Anderson says:

    The world will not be the same without this gentle man named Ken Hewlett. He was one of a kind, always real and positive. I will miss his voice and laugh, I will miss him. I send my love and condolences to the Hewlett family.

  • Sheila and Carl Arnett says:

    Very sorry for your loss, we hope your precious memories bring you comfort, especially during the difficult days ahead. Sending hugs.

  • Stan & Tammi Grenda says:

    Pat, Jen and the Hewlett family, we are so sorry for your loss. Ken was our neighbour and friend for many years in Ladner and we had many discussions about life and many laughs over the years. His easy-going demeanour, joking and laughing will be missed and always remembered and cherished. We will miss him dearly. We hope that your memories will bring you comfort during this very sad time.

  • Sherry Klepsch says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I attended secondary school with Ken, although he was one grade ahead of me. He was a kind, thoughtful, friendly and generous fellow, and I always appreciated his sense of humour…..we shared many laughs. My condolences go out to his family……..the world is a better place for having had him in it.
    Sherry Klepsch, Sechelt, BC

  • Sieg Vogt says:

    Sherry and I are deeply sadden by the news of Kenneth’s passing. We only have fond memories of Mesa to hang on to. He will be missed, but never Forgotten. Our deepest Sympathies to family and friends of Kenneth.

  • Carol Schwab says:

    Wishing you all did not have to be going thru yet another sad time, the love of family will get you all thru this, as Ken would have wanted. An amazing obituary, Ken would be so grateful, sending a ton of love to the Hewlett Family❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  • Christine Godler says:

    Saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. I have fond memories of being a colleague of Ken’s for many years at the Ladner Ministry of Family and Child Development office in Ladner. Ken touched many lives with his compassionate heart, and always did his utmost to best to serve his clients and support his colleagues. He had such a positive energy, and gentle manner, and will be sorrowfully missed. My deepest condolences to Jen and family.
    Christine Godler (Delta, B.C.)

  • Pam and Steve Mermell says:

    We were so sad to learn of Ken’s passing. We know he will be truly missed. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Andrea Moen says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I met him only a few times, but his kindness was memorable. So much time has passed since those Prince George days, but it seems like only yesterday, in some respects. My condolences to his family, the Hewlett family, and to all those who knew and loved him.

  • Huia Martin says:

    Kenny, you will be missed by your buddies at Fairview Mountain Golf, specially the Wednesday afternoon group and the Thursday Mens Night boys. Condolences to your family.

  • Debbie Olafson says:

    Although I knew Ken for only a short time he was quick to bring a smile. When he joined Fairview Mountain Golf Club he was always a pleasure to see and Ken was always ready for a chat. And never without a list! Will truly be missed. Heart felt condolences to the Hewlett family.

  • Bernie Houghton says:

    My condolence to the Hewlett family, I golfed with Ken numerous times and always enjoyed his company on and off the course at Fairview Mountain Golf Course,
    He will be missed.

  • Rick Wilson says:

    Our condolences to Ken’s Family, he will be sadly missed at Fairview Mountain Golf Club, what an awesome man.

  • George Bruneau says:

    Our sincere condolences to Ken’s family. We will miss his friendly face and welcome smile. Ken was mister calm, cool and collected.
    He will be truly missed me and many others at Fairview Moutain Golf Course.
    Rest in peace my friend. God bless

  • Dennis Shiels says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Hewlett Family. I shared several classes during secondary school with Ken & always looked forward to them because of the humour, wit & his infectious smile he brought to everyone of them!

  • Susila (nee Gail) Bryant says:

    Sending heartfelt condolences to all of the Hewlett family, and comfort for your loss. Frank and Lila Hewlett played an important part in the community of “early” Prince George, BC. Peace to you.

  • Ed Bleackley says:

    Condolences to Ken’s family and friends his passing is sad indeed. I met Ken on the golf course a few short years ago, he was kind, generous and wise, a great golfing partner, he will be missed.

  • Elaine Perry says:

    Sad to read of my school friend Ken’s passing far too early. Lila and Frank were PG old timers and friends of my parents Janet and Frank Perry. Sincere condolences to Ken’s family and friends.

  • John Chapman says:

    We all feel a great loss with Ken’s passing. He was one of those gentle, kind and respected people that took an sincere interest in others and one we wanted to be and play with. It was always easy to spend time with Ken as one always relaxed in his presence. In particular I will always remember and miss his way of shaking your hand at the end of a golf game, saying how much he enjoyed playing with you in a way that meant we were special to him. Gone far too early but we are all better for having had Ken as a friend.

  • Marliss Sanderson says:

    Any day working with Ken at the Ministry if he was asked how his day was he would reply “GOOD, DAM GOOD”. So Ken I would say that your life was “GOOD, DAM GOOD” and it was a pleasure working with u for all those years.

  • Lori Lee says:

    Dear Pat and Jen,

    Like the Rose beyond the Wall,
    He is still blooming,
    Just blooming now,
    On the other side of the wall.
    He was like a rock for you both. We all will miss him tremendously.

  • Stuart Syme says:

    Few can go through life without regrets – Ken was one, Few can go through life with the respect of all whom they have met – Ken was one. No man dies until no one ever remembers him. I will never forget you, my friend.

  • Keith Manhard says:

    I am saddened by the loss of my cousin Ken, it has een a long time since we walked together as children in Prince George.
    Enjoy the Trip Ken it’s a new adventure.
    All my best to the Family with deepest feelings.

  • Maureen Parriott says:

    My deepest sympathies to Ken’s family and his many friends. He and I knew each other well when he was an MCFD social worker in Ladner and I was a family counselor with Delta Youth Services. We hadn’t seen each other since he retired, so I was surprised and delighted to encounter him at the Fairview Golf Course in Oliver not long ago. When I asked if he was enjoying retirement, he said he was, but, he added, “I miss the kids.” On inquiring about him there yesterday, I was stunned to learn of his passing. It is moving to read these tributes and realize how many people from all parts of his life experienced the kindness and gentleness that characterized him, and how many loved him. I wish all of you peace and comfort.

  • Robert Doll says:

    Dear Ken–Congratulations on reaching that great Golf Green in the sky (but a little too early don’t you think?). I still remember fondly our staff day with Christine at the Par Three in Ladner. That was a beautiful day. It was great to know and work with you over the years and for your family, friends and loved ones I say: “Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!”

  • David & Molly MacFsrland says:

    Molly and I would like to express our Condolence to KENNETH’s family and especially Pat Lee. Ken became a golfing friend at Viewpoint in Mesa, AZ. He was highly competitive and enjoyed his golf. I enjoyed many a round with him. What I remember most about KENNETH is that he always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. We are posting a couple of photo’s from our St Paddy’s Day party.

  • David & Molly MacFsrland says:

    Photo 2

  • alexandra mcarthur says:

    I would first like to express my deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of Ken
    I clearly remember and have never forgotten the first day I ever met Ken
    Ken was the social worker who saved me from an abusive foster home I was living in when I was a youth in care
    I have never forgotten Ken’s words to me that fateful day
    “I’m getting you out of here”
    He listen to my need I could tell he cared.
    I told Ken about a group home in Richmond B.C. where my friend lived. I said that’s where I want live my friend says it’s a good place.
    So don’t you know Ken took me straight there that very day.
    Ken walked with me in some of the scariest most isolating times in my young life.
    Ken was my advocate and my inspiration I thought about Ken countless times over the years with fondness I often though about how cool it be to see him again and say “hey I’m all grown up and I’m happy and my life is good “ sadly I never got that opportunity
    Today is Thursday December 7 2017 I google searched your name and I found your obituary I trust you have been guided to a better place
    Thank you Ken thank you for being there when I needed help
    Meeting you changed my forever.
    You always be in my heart
    Love Alexandra McArthur

  • Paul McCuish says:

    I’ve been out of touch, and only learned of Ken’s passing today. Ken was one of my first friends when his family moved to Moffat Street. He and Ian and Digger and Saber. Baseball in the vacant lot down the alley. Riding to school in the back of his dad’s pickup, or standing on the running boards. Ken was president of “The Caribou Club.” He was an organizer even then. He was the nicest guy. All the best to his family.

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