Kenneth Charles Leaney
August 30, 1934 – January 31, 2016
The family is saddened to announce the passing of Ken at Royal Jubilee Hospital on January 31, 2016 of complications following heart surgery.
Leaving to mourn the loss of their best friend are his wife of 59 years, Marlene, son Douglas (Aga) and daughter Susan Hagan. Also survived by his brother Doug (Helga) and his beloved granddaughters, Nan and Zosia, sisters-in-law Brenda (Ted) and Marj (Bob), brother-in-law Jim (Brenda) and many nieces and nephews.
Ken was born August 30, 1934 to Edward and Gladys Leaney in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family moved to Calgary shortly after and lived there for several years before settling in Penticton where he finished his schooling. He met Marlene soon after he graduated and when the opportunity arose to join the jewellery business, he moved to Chilliwack to work for Don Lange Jewellers.
He and Marlene were married in 1956 and were moved to Langley to manage the store there. In 1966 he and Marlene purchased the store and for the next 27 years worked together.
Ken was always very active in the community. He belonged to the Kinsmen Club of Langley and in 1972 was made District Governor for B.C. He was also honored with a Life Membership. In the sixties, Ken organized Langley Days, which became a popular community affair.
In December 1989 the couple sold the business and retired to Qualicum Beach. In 1993 Ken founded the Parksville Probus Club and was President for three years. He went on to become President of Probus Canada for two years.
Ken loved to laugh, loved people and most of all enjoyed coffee with his buddies every day at Bailey’s.
A Celebration of Life will be held March 19, 2016 at 2pm
at St. Stephen’s United Church in Qualicum Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the First Open Heart Society in Victoria, B.C.