Ken Lothrop was born June 30, 1947 in Vancouver. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Nov. 15, 2007 after undergoing an unsuccessful heart transplant at St. Paul’s Hospital.
At the age of five, his family moved to Quesnel until 1968.
Ken then moved to Williams Lake for a short period of time where he met and married Sue (Borrow) on March 21, 1969 shortly after they moved back to Quesnel. In 1983, the family returned to Williams Lake where Ken worked in the logging industry and later Gibraltar Mines for 10 years.
When the mines closed down Ken went back to driving logging truck. In 2005, he started working at Mt. Polley Mining Co. as a driller until Jan. 2007 when he was put on the heart transplant list.
Ken cherished spending time with his family and friends.
He loved coaching and playing hockey; fishing, hunting and the great outdoors with his son and nephews; skiing with his wife; filling his pockets with Smarties for Lakelyn; picking berries with his grandchildren Zack and Mariah; making little Levi laugh out loud; and having coffee with all his buddies.
He was always willing to lend a hand, share his stories, make others laugh and plan events. He was very proud of his family and treasured every minute with them.
Ken was a very kind and lovely man and touched everybody’s heart.
His optimistic attitude and enthusiasm for life will be sadly missed.
Ken was predeceased by his mother Edith and father Garnet, brothers Joe and Jim, aunts Toppy and Betty and Uncles Bert and Norman.
Ken is survived by his wife Sue and his children Melanie, Michelle and Ken.
His grandchildren Zack and Mariah and of course his furry grandchildren, Gizmo and Jamu; brother Don and sister Lyn; mother and father-in-law Daisy and Ed Borrow; brothers and sisters-in-law Karen (Lorry), Dennis (Darlene) and Sherry Lothrop. Nephews Tim (Shauna), Todd, Don (Brenda), Gord, Michael (Kerry), Mark (Bobby Jo) and Ryan. Nieces: Tracey (Darren) and Sherry (Mike). Grandnieces and grandnephews: Lakelyn, Katy, Terrel, Erika, Danielle, Tyler, Levi, Stevie, Mason, Lyric, Keely, Kaan, Shania, Kristina and Dylan.
Cousins: Mae and Bob, Dawn (Troy), Jessica, Stephen, Doug (Cathy), Adam, Ali, Kriss (Allan), Chance and Jessica.
The family would like to thank special friends Larry, Nat, Levi and Brandon; Roy and Lee, Rob and Mona; and Ken Deline for all their support.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the St. Paul’s heart transplant team. CSICU nurses and the BC Transplant Society.
The memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, Huckvale Place Williams Lake on Nov. 30 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation — donations to be given to the heart transplant program, 1081 Burrard St. Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 1Y6.