Memories & Celebrations of Life:
Obituary - Ken O’Driscoll
May 24, 1957 - May 19, 2018
It is with great sadness that the family of Ken O’Driscoll announces his passing on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre. Ken was born on May 24, 1957 in Princeton, New Jersey. In 1970 he moved with his family to Waterloo, Ontario.
He had an adventurous upbringing. With his family, he travelled extensively including a year in Japan, skiing in Germany and spending many happy weekends waterskiing and Sun Fish sailing at the family cottage. Little known Kenny fact, he played the saxophone! After completing high school he went on to Sir Sanford Fleming College and graduated from the Forest Technician program.
However, the north was calling. Ken fell in love with the Sioux Lookout area after spending time as a Junior Ranger at Ojibway Park. So it was not surprising when he returned in 1980 to pursue an opportunity with Buchanan Forest Products where he remained until his retirement in 2015.
Not only did he find his career in Sioux Lookout but also his partner of 35 years, Darline. Together they built a life, a log home and a family. He was very proud of his son Ben and was very pleased to see him recently launch a new business adventure. He was equally proud of his grandson Sebastion. In the past several years his priority shifted from putting operators in equipment seats to putting Seb in his car seat. He took great pleasure in watching him grow, cruising around together listening to rock and roll, playing on beaches instead of cutovers, and teaching numbers rather than crunching them! All with faithful granddog Hemi riding shotgun.
Ken was a capable, determined and intelligent man. A fixer of all things and problems big and small. When not diligently working at BFPL or around the property in Alcona, he enjoyed his time and made wonderful memories with family and friends. He was happiest when he was sharing the outdoors with them.
With his brother “Dano”, there were fishing and hunting trips that took them from Quebec to the N.W.T., houseboats on LacSeul, and in the Lund on Minitaki. He and Darline loved to spend time at their cabin on Sandy Lake and with their Ojibway Park family. Then there were the working-fishing trips into Stone Lake shared with the Buchanan crew who he also considered to be his family. There were many hunting and fishing trips over the years with the Sawyer family and not to forget the good old days in Block#7 and up the Vermillion River Road. Ken spent many hours in the air with favorite pilots Cliff Sawyer and Glen Tudhope…..looking for the next big block of wood or perhaps a new fishing hole! Snow machine trips with Candy and Richard were always adventures……”we got the day dough!” In the last few years, he enjoyed trips into Archer Lake with Gail, Stu and Auggie, adding to the great places he loved to spend time.
Ken is survived by his parents Patricia and Kenneth, his wife, Darline, son Ben, grandson, Sebastian (Rachel) and granddog Hemi. Ken will be forever and fondly remembered by his sister Terry (Robert), brother Dan (Marjorie), brother Michael (Cecily), mother-in-law Mabel Beck and brother-in-law Randy Besselt (Pat), all of their families and all of his friends.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Ken’s life will be held in Alcona at a later date.
• A life well-lived by a man.
We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation for the thoughtfulness shown to us during this difficult time. Thanks to all for the hospital visits, meals, calls, emails, cards, flowers and donations given to honour. Kenny. The family would like to thank Dr. John Morgan for his endless effort in supporting Kenny in his fight. Thanks to Dr. Wong (Carolyn) and Dr. Peretz of Winnipeg for never giving up over the years. Thank you as well to the Buchanan family for all of the support over many years.
Darline, Ben and Family