Kenneth William MacDonald

December 1, 1956 – January 26, 2017.

It is with heavy hearts to announce the sudden passing of Ken.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 32 years, Sharon; and cousin, Brenda Curtis. Ken will be sadly missed by his family, many friends and colleagues.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ken on Saturday March 11 at 11 a.m.  in the atrium of the new Center for Trades Education and Innovation at Camosun College Interurban Campus 4461 Interurban Rd.

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  1. I’m still in shock & disbelief. So sudden and tradgic! You will be sadly missed by all of us Ken 🙁 You were a terrific brother inlaw & treated Sharon so well.
    I will miss our talks at family gathering but will remember all the good times we shared.

  2. Lynn & Dave Hunter :

    Dearest Ken & Sharon
    We also are in shock and disbelief. We were so looking forward to spending more time with you both and all our fun plans. Ken we will miss you always. You were always so happy, smiling and positive and we will treasure the many happy times we shared together. We will miss our great talks and stories. We will take good care of Sharon for you because she is my dearest treasured friend. Be at peace our dear friend. Our love always.

  3. He will be missed. A man as special as Ken will never be forgotten. He will remain in our hearts always. I will always remember Ken’s great sense of humour, he loved to have a laugh. My deepest condolences Sharon

  4. Bryan & Jane Muise :

    Ken will be remembered by all the people he touched in his short life. When we think of him we’re reminded of his easy going personality, warm smile and his love for Sharon and life. We are fortunate to be amongst his friends missing him today.

  5. A truly good friend, we could talk for hours about anything. I was so looking forward to this summer and seeing Ken and Sharon.
    Bernie and I both miss him so much.

  6. Evelyn and David Ashton :

    We will always remember our Christmas at Tofino, the laughter, walks on the beach, and the love for Sharon we saw in your face. Devastating loss for the family. My heart and prayers go to Sharon and we will always be here for her.

  7. Don Proudlove :

    Ken was one the friendliest people, I ever met, he greeted everyone with that sincere “smile” and how can I help you and he meant it. I’ve been retired from the Trades Division of Camosun College for a few years so I haven’t seen Ken in a while, but I know he will be sadly missed by his family and colleagues, RIP Ken, sincere condolences to your family as well.

  8. As an employee working side by side with Ken for the last 6 years it’s hard at this time to put into words how much we all miss him here. I am already missing our lunchtime walks together talking about all things bright and cheery. As I think about his short time here with us it is made somewhat easier when I remember just how much he loved his work here at Camosun Sheet Metal. He was unquestionably a most dedicated instructor and I saw him regularly mentoring students to a degree rarely seen these days. As a result he’s had such an impact on both myself and the students that we are all struggling with this news and I know I speak for all of us when I extend to Ken’s family our sincere condolences. Rest easy friend…………….

  9. Sandy Jeff Shailey and Cassidy :

    Ken, A Beautiful Man with a fabulous soul and heart of gold!
    Ken holds such a special part in each and every one of us as he consistently shared his warmth with our family for years now.
    Life will not be the same without Uncle Ken, the wisdom and Love he shared with Shay and Cassi growing up, are something we will all cherish forever.
    Our hearts are all very heavy over here.
    We all Love You Very much Sharon, and are all here for you through this very difficult time. ❤️

  10. Rest in Peace Ken, I was very glad to have known you for both your skills and talent as well as your friendship.
    I won’t forget you.
    Ray Howard… Heavy Duty Mechanics instructor

  11. I will always remember your smile and they way looked at Sharon. You are a large part of our family and such a tremendous partner to Sharon. RIP cuzin, we will miss you dearly.

  12. For as long as I have been in the trade as a journeyman ( superintendent ) Ken Macdonald’s name will always come up as my teacher. Thank you, Ken, for all the knowledge in the sheet metal industry. Without your help, there is no way I would be in the position I am today. my deepest colleagues to his family.

  13. Eric Sehn: Dean of Trades & Technology :

    On behalf of the School of Trades and Technology at Camosun, I offer our deepest condolences. Ken was a wonderful and passionate educator who touched the lives of so many learners in countless meaningful ways.
    He will be so sorely missed.

  14. You left us too soon Ken! You never failed to brighten my day and I will never forget how welcome you made me feel as a new instructor some years ago and I will always value your friendship!
    Keith McKay : HD Mechanics Instructor (retired)

  15. Richard Lavis :

    Uncle Ken you meant more to me than you probably knew. You would always talk about building boats and welding, and because of that I do what I do. I couldn’t wait to tell you I got my red seal when I came over this spring. Guess I’ll have to wait a little longer to tell you.

    Love you.

  16. Stacey Mosure :

    Sharon and Johnson family ,
    I’m very sorry for your loss.
    Sending love at this difficult time .
    Stacey Mosure

  17. Al van Akker - Camosun Architectural Trades :

    Ken was a great colleague and friend. He was a consistently positive, helpful, thoughtful and generous fellow Trades instructor, and someone with whom you could have a chin-wag on virtually any topic you’d care to choose.

    It still doesn’t seem quite real that I can’t just walk up the hill to his office and say hello. I will miss him, as will the colleagues he leaves behind, and the hundreds of students whose lives he touched.

    To Sharon, and his other family members, thank you for sharing Ken with us. He is gone far too soon.

  18. Georgina Zilinsky/Al Pellett :

    Like so many other friends and family have already stated, shock and disbelief hardly seem adequate to express our feelings at this time. Ken’s sudden passing will leave a hole in our lives and in his case it really is true “the good die young”. Our hearts and sympathy go out to you, Sharon. We will be there to help through these challenging times ahead.

  19. Gayle Doherty :

    Dear Sharon & family
    Our hearts are heavy with such sadnesses. Summer time chats on the Hunter’s deck at Point Roberts will be missed. We will remember that friendly smile and kind way that surrounded you. Our deepest sympathy. Randy and Gayle Doherty

  20. Lou Bonin Welding Instructor Retired :

    Dear Sharon
    I knew Ken since he started teaching at the college. He was one of the most helpful Instructors I knew. He always had or made the time to help me with his expertise. I was able to lean on that knowledge on many occasions. I have been retired few years now and I remember conversations with you and Ken talking about retirement. It is so unfortunate that, that didn’t materialize. He will be missed by all. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Lou & Ronna

  21. Ken was certainly a wonderful person, colleague and friend. I can reflect back on our many discussions and laughs that we shared, at Camosun, with a smile and think how fortunate l was to have spent time with him. My sincere condolences go out to his family and close friends.

  22. Debbie & Ken Brown :

    Dear Sharon,
    It is not surprising to see all of the beautiful comments made by Ken’s many friends and family. It is with a heavy heart that I write this message, and although time and busy lives have taken us in different directions, I too will never forget Ken’s outgoing nature, warm smile and zest for life as he so enjoyed wind surfing and hiking to name a few. We too are so saddened by this very unhappy news and Sharon our thoughts are with you. Ken and I remember a very fun camping trip many years ago that we had with both you and Ken at Ellison Park in Vernon where we so enjoyed the time we spent with you both. He has been taken way too soon. Our deep condolences to you Sharon, and to your families.

  23. I was so sad to hear of Ken’s passing. Over my years at Camosun College Ken was so supportive of our Fine Furniture students. Whenever we needed help with a metal problem Ken would jump right in and solve it for us. I am travelling in India right now and Ken was one of the last people at the college I talked to before I left. He was so excited about my trip and it is with a heavy heart I realize I will not be able to share my travel stories with him. My sincere condolences to you Sharon and to all of the many others who will miss Ken.

  24. I was very saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. We were colleagues at Camosun from the time he started until I retired a few years ago. Ken was such an upbeat person, always smiling and ready to share a few words of good natured banter as he passed anyone in the hallway. Ken was a top notch educator, valued by his students for his endless talent both as an instructor and as a tradesman. Ken genuinely cared about the success of every student in his class. My sincere condolences to you Sharon and to your family. Ken will be truly missed.

  25. Carolyn Mikleus :

    Sharon I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, thinking of you. My sincere and deepest condolences to you, your and Ken’s family.
    Hugs Carolyn

  26. Rick& Deb Carter :

    Sharon – we are so sorry to here of Ken’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. We have so many fond memories of time spent with you both that we will cherish forever. We will especially remember how he “lit up” every time that Steppenwolf came on the radio. Ken was such a kind and genuine person and we will surely miss him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Rick & Deb

  27. Dear Sharon,
    Even though we did not know you both well, we have many fond memories of great conversations and spending time with you both at your home and at Debbie’s and Rick’s place. Some really good laughs. We are so sorry for your loss, Sharon. Many, many condolences and prayers to you and your family.
    Lori & Ron Jager

  28. Sharon,

    I’m so sorry for your loss, as well as all of ours here at Camosun. I’ve so many good memories of Ken who so good naturedly helped so many of our Fine Furniture students and their never-ending bizarre requests. Nor his sincere gratitude whenever we helped his folks. Ken was one of the very best things about working as an instructor at Camosun.

  29. Ken was my instructor at Camosun last year. He was a good instructor, a good guy and someone who cared about his students.

  30. We want to wish Sharon, and all of her and Ken’s friends and family that were blessed with his life, the strength the carry on. Although our Ken times were limited to family dinners and the odd gathering, our memories of Ken will always be of the huge smile and genuine concern for how others were. Our conversations were always engaging whether it was beer pong technique, hockey or wind surfing the Geogia Straight. We will miss him. Love Todd & Tina

  31. One of my best childhood memories is coming over to see you and Sharon and we spent the day at the lake with my dad and hiking up to the bunker. You were a wonderful man who touched so many lives. Forever in our hearts. RIP Uncle Ken xx

  32. Dear Sharon,
    Very sorry to hear of your loss. I only met Ken a few times but he was always so jovial and kind and clearly had a great love for you! Those we love are never really gone from us, they walk with us everyday and live in our hearts forever. I wish you and your family, comfort and may only warmest memories remain. Much love to you.

  33. So sorry for your loss Sharon. Ken will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with you and anything you need we are all here for you.

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