Kenneth William Bond was born July 3, 1924 in London, England, passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on Wednesday, December 10, 2008.
He and his elder brother Dennis grew up in the small country town
of Godalming, Surrey,
35 miles south-west of the capital. He left school in 1940 and started work in a country solicitors office. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II he left that job to enlist in the National Fire Service where he was sometimes engaged in fighting fires caused by the German blitz. In 1942 he joined the British Royal Navy as radio operator and served in various capacities and localities culminating in his being seconded to the Combined Operations because of his radio skills and went to Belgium, France and Germany shortly after the D-Day landings. He served until 1946 as part of the Allied army of occupation.
Leaving the Navy in 1946 he enlisted as a radio operator at a station run by the British Foreign Service where he was engaged on secret interception of foreign signals. It was at this station in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, that he first met his wife Joan Kathleen Deyell a Canadian from Millbrook, Ont., who also had served as a radio operator in the British Women’s Royal Naval Service. They eventually parted and went their different ways, Joan as an operator with the big British cable company, Cable and Wireless. Ken went into Fleet Street to work with the Associated Press. In 1948 their paths crossed again and on March 12, 1949 they were married in London. Joan followed a number of occupation choices and Ken stayed in Fleet Street to eventually become a journalist, serving on many smaller and major British newspapers. Their two children David William and Ann Elizabeth, were born Nov. 2, 1958 and July 31, 1960, respectively.
Joan always expressed a wish to return to her home country of Canada, and that wish was granted on Oct. 31 1965. They settled in British Columbia where Ken worked briefly for the Vancouver Sun before moving north to Quesnel and Prince George then to Enderby in 1969 when Ken gained employment with the Vernon Daily News.
In 1982 Ken was called to the ministry and he studied for three years at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad of the University of Saskatchewan where he gained his theological degree. He was ordained an Anglican priest in 1987. From 1986 to 1989 he served various churches in the Kootenays namely: Kaslo, Queen’s Bay, Balfour, Nelson, New Denver and Edgewood. He was then appointed Priest-in-Charge of the Enderby-Armstrong Parish then protracted terms serving in Revelstoke and Salmon Arm.
His wife, Joan, predeceased Ken on Dec.1, 1998. Survived by his son David (Susan) and his daughter Ann, Ken leaves a grandson, Richard, and a granddaughter Samantha in Edmonton along with two grandsons Kyle and Austin in Nelson. He also leaves a number of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews in England and one in Scotland as well as his step-mother, Elsie Ellenor in Farnham, Surrey, England. He is also survived by his dear, dear friend Yvonne Hickman of Deep Creek, B.C. Ken was predeceased by his mother Mary Elizabeth in 1940, his father Bertie John in 1967, and his brother Dennis in 1998.
A Memorial Service will be held 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 18, 2008, at St. John’s Anglican Church, Salmon Arm, BC. Reverend Brian Smith officiating. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong. 250-546-7237.