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Kenneth Warren James Gillis
November 10, 1943 ~ September 13, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Kenneth Warren James Gillis died on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Sechelt Hospital. He was born on November 10, 1943 in New Westminster, B.C., to Margaret and Warren Gillis. The family lived in Surrey. Ken graduated in 1962 from Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, and in 1982 received an L.L.B. from the University of Victoria. He married Rosemary Riley in 1964; they had two children, Carole and Charlie. His second marriage, to Shelly Lindsey, ended in 2002.
Ken led a varied and enterprising life, driving a concrete mixer, launching a successful towing business and selling Mack trucks. He practised law in Kamloops before purchasing and developing a marine landing on the B.C. coast. Ken returned to the Interior in the early 2000s and won a seat on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board, where he later served as chair. He championed numerous initiatives, including volunteer fire services, agricultural and rodeo groups and branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, an organization to which he belonged. He was vocal, sentimental, opinionated, fun-loving and unafraid.
Ken is survived by his wife of three years, Linda Brown; children, Carole, and partner David Comrie; and, Charlie, and wife Judy; and grandchildren, Tavish, Portia, Isabel and Cameron. He is predeceased by sisters, Donalda and Joan.
There will be a service of remembrance at the Hilltop Room of the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops, on Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m.
A reception will follow. Those wishing to contribute in Ken’s memory could donate to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada.