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VAN HAAR, Kenneth

September 4, 1937 — November 26, 2021

It is with profound sadness that Ken’s family said goodbye to him at Kelowna Hospice House on the evening of November 26, 2021. Ken is survived by Margaret, his loving wife of 61 years; his much loved daughters, Linda (Ron) and Christine (Jules); and cherished grandchildren, Aaron, Aimee and Ryder. He is also survived by sisters Margaret and Barbara (Guy) and brother Gord (Pat); brother-in-law Jim (Lucie) and sister-in-law Denise; and many nieces and nephews. Ken had many wonderful friends who have been kind and helpful during this difficult time.

Ken was born in New Westminster, BC and spent his childhood in the Coquitlam area. Margaret and Ken were married at White Rock, BC in 1960. They moved to the Okanagan with their two young daughters in 1966. Ken worked in the grocery business for 44 years. The first eight with Super Valu, followed by 36 years with Safeway before retiring at age 60.

Travel was a great source of pleasure for Ken and Margaret. Over the years, they explored Canada by R.V., train, bus, and car. They also enjoyed numerous cruises. Most recently, they delighted in a much-anticipated Rocky Mountaineer train trip to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

Those who knew Ken will remember his positive outlook on life. He cherished spending time with Margaret, family, and friends. They will also know one of his favourite things was going to Tim Hortons for an afternoon coffee!

Ken was much loved and will be missed immensely.

To honour Ken, a Private Graveside Service will be held in Fort Langley, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior or the Kelowna Hospice House.

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BC Cancer Agency Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior or the Kelowna Hospice House Link: www.bccancer.bc.ca/donate, hospicehousekelowna.com




  • Freddy Cave says:

    Dear Margaret.
    So sad to hear of Ken’s passing. He was a favourite! Always smiling, quick wit, and great conversationalist. We discussed many issues, solved none but we had good ideas together. He played a tough game of cribbage….didn’t win often but he was a competitor. He will be missed. He would turn a Safeway Day into a good day. He was one of the best.
    Cheers, Ken
    Freddy Cave

  • RICK HALL says:

    Margaret and family, So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. You have 60 decades of wonderful memories together to cherish. I will always remember Ken’s smile and positive outlook on life. My best to you and your family at this time. Rick Hall

  • Colleen Vance says:

    So hard for you and your family to be without Ken. I was thankful to have a slight visit with you. and just find the words to make you realize what is to come for you.
    I know through the years that you have a good, caring family and also how much you loved going to see them and the children or have them in Kelowna. I also know it is tough for this time in the year so you will all help one another.
    Both Larry and I enjoyed the times we were together, either in the club house, or in each of our homes over many good parties. Margaret, I so appreciated you and Ken always keeping in touch when I was alone and the many times Ken came to check on something I might need. I wish I was closer now, but think of you every day. I will keep in touch.
    with love , Colleen Vance.

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