Kenneth Dalton Loughridge passed away peacefully to be with Jesus on July 21, 2004, at the age of 79. He was born Oct. 18, 1924.
He will be deeply missed by Muriel, his wife of 47 years, his three children, Rick (Brandee), Ken (Maria), and Colleen (Troy); seven grandchildren, Letitia, Kristin, Jacob, Zoe, TJ, Keesha and Jessica; sisters, Doris, Jean (Art), Barb, Gwen (Paul); brother Gordon (Evelyn) of Ontario, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Hugh Lyle and mother Olive.
Ken, or Dalton as some knew him, was born in Morewood, Ont. He enlisted in the armed forces at the age of 18 and stayed for 25 years. He served overseas in WWII and in the Korean War. He served with the Royal Canadian Engineers and became an electrician in the army. With his wife they started a family in 1962 and moved out to B.C. in 1969. Soon after moving to B.C. he became a correctional officer, working at Mountain Prison in Agassiz, and the RPC in Abbotsford, for a total of 17 years in the prison service.
Dad lived by example with hard work and honest living. He never complained when there was an extra mouth to feed or someone needed a place to stay. A wonderful sense of humour which he was able to share with all age levels, especially his grandchildren, of whom he was proud of each one.
Dad enjoyed playing crib at the Senior Vets, and watching hockey and baseball. He loved seeing a good lacrosse game, and put on a lot of miles in the 70s and 80s driving his sons and other kids to games all over the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. He was known to a few select older players as “Sammy”. He also was able to see his granddaughter play one game as well this year.
Dad will be fondly remembered for his rendition of “The little shirt my mother made for me.” Each one of us is comforted in the fact we got something from Dad we will carry with us forever and pass through example to our children.
He also accepted Christ in his last week on earth and for this we are truly thankful. We would like to give a God bless to all the hursing staff on NU4 MSS for the awesome care and dignity they afforded our father/husband/grandpa in his last weeks.
Thank you to all the doctors, especially Dr. Hopkins, you’re a good man. Thank you to all who prayed for dad. A memorial service will be held Monday, July 26, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. (1600 hrs) at the Senior Vets on Main St., Chilliwack. Major John Moore officiating.
Any donations sent to the charity of choice or Chilliwack Minor Lacrosse.
McLean’s Funeral Services in care of arrangments.