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Kenneth Forbes

December 2, 1923 - July 8, 2012


Kenneth Gordon Forbes passed away peacefully on July 8, 2012 surrounded by family.
Ken is survived by daughters Bonnie Shamber and Shelley (Bryan) Judd; grandchildren Holly (Kingsley) Knust, Allison (Brent) Smythe, Scott (Felesha) Shamber, Adam (Kirsty) Judd, Jeremy (Brette) Judd, Dana Judd, Ryan (Claire) Seidler, Lee Seidler, Stacey (Ryan) Hienrichson, Samantha (Bryan) McAleese and great grandchildren Kyler, MacKenzie, Rowen and Lilly; Sister, Nell St.Marie (Vancouver), numerous nieces and nephews.
Ken was predeceased by his wife Kathleen Norma, daughter Susan (Seidler) and sisters Eileen (Young) and Kass (Lilly).
Ken was born December 2, 1923 in Vernon and spent most of his child and adolescent years in the north Okanagan (Hulcar, Armstrong). He spent many years in Vernon and Penticton before permanently residing in Oliver with his wife Norma in the early 1950’s.
Ken began as a meat cutter at the Red and White grocery and soon acquired and operated (in partnership) the SuperValu in Oliver for many years. He was active in the Kinsmen Club, minor hockey and was instrumental in planning and organizing the Oliver International Horse Show. He bred and raised Arabian horses at his acreage in Oliver. Ken also took part in many musical productions in community theatre, he enjoyed singing and had a beautiful voice.
With his passing we lose a precious part of our family and important link to the past. He will be so missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of choice.
A memorial celebration of life service will be officiated by Rev. Laura Turnbull at 11:30 A.M. Saturday July 21, 2012 at the Oliver United Church. A reception will follow at the Forbes family farm.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Lynn Stooshinoff
Relation: Bonnies friend

So sorry to hear of your dads passing, Bonnie. I have so many good memories as a little girl spending so much time at your house with you and your family! They were some of the best times of my life. Ken was a good man and will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace. My condolences go out to you and your family and my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this sad time……forever friends Lynn

From: Dan and Lynn Mattes
Relation: Friends

Bonnie, Shelley, Susan’s family. So sorry to hear this. Your Dad and Mom were a great part of our families life, including our wedding. You will miss him.

From: Margo (Manarey) Boult
Relation: Long time family friends

Bonnie & family, Shelley & family & Susan’s Family
So Sorry to learn of your dad’s passing . . . . . it seems like a hundred years ago that we used to visit back and forth. Nice surprise to learn your dad was a singer and took part in theatre. So enjoyed our visits to your farm. Margo & Bill Boult

From: Gordon and Steven Forbes
Relation: friend

Although we are not related by blood our common surname brought us together. In the early years when our family first moved to Oliver we often received each others mail. Over the years we got to know your family and your dad always inspired me with his love of animals. He will be missed.

From: Scott Shamber
Relation: Grandson

So many memories of summers at the farm. The pool, the barn, the treehouse and of course Grandpa and Grandma…. He was such a social man. I remember numerous times when all the family and friends would gather and Grandpa would always be busy trying to talk to everyone and take care of the pool and the farm and the…. Well you get the idea. Im sure i speak for all the Grandchildren when I say he will be greatly missed.

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