Kenneth George Meakes, 94, a resident of Sunnybank in Oliver, went peacefully to meet his Lord on July 9, 2021. Born in Drumheller, AB to Harold and Lillian (nee Bisson) Meakes on March 11, 1927, Ken had a nomadic life, settling finally, with his late wife, Edna, in Okanagan Falls, BC, where he spent many years as an active member of the Okanagan Falls Community Church, until his move to Heritage House in Oliver in 2011, McKinney Place in 2018, and finally Sunnybank in 2020.
Ken’s many careers included being a crewmember on the SS Prince Rupert along the BC Coast to Alaska; a barber on Vancouver Island; postman in Langley, BC; a stint at Gospel Recordings in Quebec; and finally, as an orderly at Kelowna General Hospital.
Ken had an avid interest in photography and was often seen sporting a camera around his neck. Boxes of photos and slides attest to the many years of his taking photos. Ken was also known for volunteering for community, his involvement in Bible studies, his faith in his Lord and contributing extensively to the Gideons.
Wherever he went, Ken made many friends who loved his wit and sharp mind, his gentle manner, and his tenacity and strength to overcome many hurdles.
Ken was predeceased by his wife, Edna Grace (Capill), his son, Kenneth Russell George Meakes, and his brother, Dave Meakes in Australia. He is survived by his brother, Cecil (Pet) Meakes of Alberta, nephew, Chris (Kelsey) of Alberta, cousin, Rosemary Phillips of Grand Forks, numerous family and cousins at a distance, and his church family.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at Okanagan Falls Community Church on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Dave Kelly officiating. Ken’s ashes will be placed beside those of Edna in the Okanagan Falls Cemetery.
In lieu of other tributes, please consider making a donation to Okanagan Falls Community Church in Ken's name.
Peace be with you Ken.
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