August 31, 1970 – January 23, 2013
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden death of Ken Hall in Parksville, BC. Kenny was born with a smile on his face in Winnipeg, MB to Marilyn Cardinal and Ken Hall Sr. He was raised across Canada and lived the past 22 years in Vancouver before relocating to Parksville in September 2012.
Ken was active in many sports throughout his life, both able-bodied and disabled. He excelled at wheelchair basketball and was proud to be a member of the Canadian National Wheelchair Basketball Team for many years. Ken participated in two Paralympic Games and brought home a gold medal from the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. He traveled the world extensively with the team taking time whenever possible to extend his stay to enjoy the new cultures that he was able to experience.
His larger than life personality helped him deal with his many physical challenges. But it was his welcoming and fun personality that people naturally gravitated to. Ken could always be counted on to liven up any gathering with his wonderful sense of humour. His caring nature and sense of community was evident through the motivational presentations and basketball clinics he used to give school aged kids throughout the province.
Mourning his passing are his parents, Marilyn (Wayne) and Ken Sr, sister Kimberly (Ian), Grandma Mary, aunts, uncles, cousins, best friend Klint, and many good friends in BC, Manitoba and around the world.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken’s name to the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society. Condolences can be sent to RememberingKennyHall@gmail.com.
You can never touch someone so lightly to not leave a trace. Kenny left a big mark.