Ken Buchanan

It is with great sadness that our family shares the news that our beloved husband, dad and grandpa Ken Buchanan passed away on Jan. 23, 2007 at Ladner Hospital.

His wife Helen, daughter Cathie, and his twin granddaughters Emily and Elizabeth, the apples of his eye, were at his side when he left our world, and they will miss him greatly.

Close family friend Remi Scott was also by his side. He will also be sadly missed by his son, Scott. Ken courageously endured many years of poor health as he battled congestive heart failure, but he still managed to live his life to the fullest and enjoyed every adventure that came his way.

Ken loved to travel and especially enjoyed the many cruises and bus tours that he and Helen were able to take. He also was thrilled to be able to travel with his son-in-law Wes, to Churchill, Manitoba to see the polar bears.

They made a second trip together to see the sights in France. Ken and Helen also enjoyed many trips and adventures together as they traveled around North America.

Ken loved to grow things and every year he would put in a great big garden, and spend the spring and summer caring for it. When it was time to harvest it, he would go visiting and take along big baskets of produce to give to his friends.

Ken was born in Hensal, Ontario on September 11, 1929. He was the fourth of six children born to Alfred and Dora Buchanan. He grew up on the family farm and had many happy memories of his life there.

Ken came to British Columbia as a young man and after a stop in the Lower Mainland where he met and married his wife Helen, he eventually settled in Williams Lake in 1956.

There they raised two children – their daughter Cathie and son Scott. Ken worked at various jobs in the bush and in a saw repair shop before he decided to make his love of photography and sales into a career. He began with a photo studio and took many baby, family, school, graduation and wedding photographs throughout the years before branching out into the postcard business. He took the photographs for and created post cards of just about all of British Columbia. He also wrote and produced two souvenir books of B.C. scenery and traveled all throughout the province distributing them.

Ken loved the Cariboo and was proud of his Williams Lake roots. Although he and Helen spent their winter months in Ladner, B.C., they always looked forward to returning to Williams Lake each spring.

Ken was a member of the Lions Club and spent a great deal of time raising money for local and provincial charities. He also enjoyed the many foster children he supported through World Vision.

Ken loved life and his family and friends were a constant source of enjoyment for him. He loved to meet new friends and visit with old friends and he will be dearly missed by all.

Ken is preceded in death by his brother Wilfred and leaves to mourn him his wife of 49 years, Helen, his daughter Cathie (Wes), his son Scott (Elayna), his granddaughters Elizabeth and Emily, his brothers Don, Gord and Fred and his sister Joyce and their families.

We loved Ken and he will be missed more than words can possibly say. A life celebration was held in Ladner at Delta Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 28, and a service will be announced in Williams Lake at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the echocardiogram ultrasound fund at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

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