Ken was a caring and thoughtful man, always concerned about the well being of his many friends and family. He was a scientist by profession and took a keen interest in the how and why of everything. He was an accomplished amateur naturalist, and was particularly interested in bird watching and gardening. Ken was an avid curler and golfer, enjoying both sports until his last. He always had some advice to offer, and loved to fix things. Ken died peacefully on the morning of his 82nd birthday, April 5th 2006 in Chilliwack General Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Born April 5th 1924 in Edmonton, Alberta he was the son of the late Herbert J. D. Hart and Hannah (Langford) Hart. He attended the University of Alberta where he received an Msc. in Physics in 1948. He married his first wife Lorna (Boon) Hart in 1948. He taught at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and then completed his PhD in Physics at the University of Toronto in 1953. Ken began his career at the National Research Council in Ottawa as a scientist in the Applied Physics Department. Shortly thereafter, Ken and Lorna moved to Cumberland Ontario where they raised their four children. During 1968, he worked for a year as an exchange scientist in Australia before returning to live in Ottawa. He married Ceile (MacEachern) Hart in 1974. He was an enthusiastic and competitive curler; the highlight of his career was when his Ottawa Curling Club rink won the Ontario Masters Curling Championship in 1990.
He retired from the National Research Council in 1989 after 35 years of service. Ken and Ceile moved to Chilliwack BC in 1993; where he continued to enjoy golf, curling, and many friendships.
Ken is survived by one daughter, Leslie (Johnny) Buckland-Nicks; three sons, Howard, (Darlene), Bruce (Jennie), Trevor; three step-daughters Sandra (Dave) Archibald, Judy (Marc) Tessier, Karen Edwards; one step-son Barry (Denise) Edwards; 11 grandchildren and his pet budgie Petie.
He is pre-deceased by his second wife Ceile Hart; step-son Brian Edwards, and three brothers Hubert, Edward (Ted) and Laurence.
A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at his last home, the Lynnwood at 9168 Corbould Street, Chilliwack B.C. on Friday April 28th between 1pm and 3pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.