YELLAND, Kenneth Victor
Ken passes away at Nanaimo Regional Hospital in the early hours of March 19th, after a brief illness complicated by the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
He is survived by: his sister Jean Moore of Delta and her family; the families of his four brothers, Albert, Keith, Norm and Lloyd and his sister Myrna, who have all predeceased him; his daughters Terry, Joan and Dorothy and their families; his sons Gordon and Doug and their families; and his wife Beverly and their daughters Eden and Stacey.
Born in Petersborough, Ontario Ken’s family moved to Vancouver in 1927, where he lived until the war. Ken served in the Signal Corps during and after World War II. Following his discharge, he worked as a crane and heavy equipment operator on the construction of the smelter in Kitimat, and on various construction projects in and around Vancouver, where he was badly injured in an industrial accident during construction of the Port Mann Bridge.
Ken, his wife Jean and his boys came to Vancouver Island in 1969, settling in Parksville, where he formed and operated Yelland Construction until his retirement in 1981.
Ken was a member of the Lions International Club of Parksville for many years and served his community as an Alderman of the City of Parksville for two terms from 1981 – 1985.
A service to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2007, 3:00 pm at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville.