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Kenneth McLam Adamson

August 11, 1929 - November 24, 2022


Passed peacefully at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner, BC at age 93, after a brief hospice stay where he was in good spirits, had great visits with family and friends, and as always with Ken, lots of laughs. Survived by loving wife Edra (nee Pendergast, of Toronto Gore, Ontario) who received gladiolas on their anniversary every year for 67 years; children Paul (Deb), Mark (Pauline), Karen (Tom), and Kendra (Brian); grandchildren James, Angela, Jillayna, Michael, Lisa, Curtis, Julia, Alissa, Ryan, Taylor, Graydon, and Paige; and great-grandchildren Olivan, Marigold, Gage, Berkley, Tate, Warren, Beo, Brockton, Bryce, Maddox, and Audrey. All the family were able to visit during his last days in person or by video.

Ken was born and raised in Acton, Ontario, the son of James Boustead Adamson and Stella Jane McLam. He had several interesting jobs in his early years including working at Avro Aircraft on the CF100 in the 1950s. He met Edra in Malton on a blind date (she was a great gal he said) and they married at Wildfield, Ontario in 1955, starting their family in Acton (Paul) and Kitchener (Mark), and then moving to Ottawa in 1960 (Karen and Kendra), raising the family on Elmsley Crescent in Lynwood Village.

He was the General Manager of Carleton Culvert in Bells Corners for 17 years and was well known in the road construction industry in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. Ken was an active sponsor and coach in the early days of the Nepean Hockey Association (including pre-game ice shoveling before the arenas were built in 1967). Koppers brought him to Vancouver in 1977 to manage their Western Canada sales through to his first retirement in 1989. He then joined up with steel fabricator Brenco for 20 years until his next retirement at age 80. He was well-respected and well-regarded in his many endeavours – business for Ken was always based on relationships and led to many friendships over the years.

Ken made life-long friends in Acton, Ottawa, and Tsawwassen, and with all the Pendergast family (the in- laws). While in hospice he was able to have calls with close family and Ottawa friends from the sixties, and revisit good times and good stories. In Tsawwassen, retirement activities included golf, lawn- bowling, poker, snooker, and bridge; and he volunteered and was active with the Legion and KinVillage. He made the website feature page of his golfing group with a highlight photo chipping out of a creek- bed. He invested much time and attention to his model train systems and enjoyed demonstrating the trains for his great-grandchildren (and usually managed to get them running). He had a gregarious personality, with an engaging grin, and a sense of humour – he enjoyed social get-togethers of any kind and always added festivity to an occasion.

The family is grateful to everyone who gave us comfort and support during this time (and who sent cheers to Ken), and to the amazing staff at the Irene Thomas Hospice who assisted in his last days with care, compassion, and a positive spirit. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favourite charity in Ken’s name or do a good deed to brighten someone’s day.

Service at Sacred Heart Parish, 3900 Arthur Dr. in Ladner, on Wednesday November 30 th at 10:00am, reception to follow. Family Interment at Gardens of Gethsemani.


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From: Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre

Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Tony and Cheryl Lutzmann
Relation: Niece

Thinking of all of you as you travel this journey together surrounded by family and friends. So many happy memories of family times that we will cherish forever.
Love Tony, Cheryl and family

From: Allan & Margaret Reid
Relation: friend

My husband and I met Ken at lawn bowling and I played bridge with him. Such a lovely man so much fun., and also with a lovely smile, we will miss him

From: Andy and Irene Hayton
Relation: Co-worker

Sad to hear about Ken’s passing. A great guy. Fun to work with but more a father figure and mentor to many. I realize Edra and family will mourn his loss, but hopefully celebrate more a life well lived.

From: Chris Moore
Relation: Co-worker

So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I enjoyed working with him all those years. He was well respected in our industry. A tireless advocate for our clients. I will continue to think of him often.

From: Ronald K Henry
Relation: From the good old days in Acton, Ontario

I remember Ken and Edra when they lived on the corner of Main St. South and Church St in a four plex aprtment building oin good old Acton, Ontario, back in the late 50″s. I was 10 or 12 years old and my parents lived in one of the other units. I remember when they were expecting, what I remembered to be their first child. We were all young, and now are advanced in years. Ken was a swell gouy, and treated me with kindness and good humour. My condolences, from an old lifelong Actonian. Ron Henry

From: Marie ZionsFryer
Relation: I knew Ken and Edra through my Husband Clayton Fryer and friends Bob and Arlene Bruce

To Edra and family my condolences on the passing of Ken. I always remember your kindness when I visited you at your home and going to church with you Edra,

From: Marie Zions
Relation: friend through Clayton Fryer and Bob Bruce

My condolences to you and your family. I remember spending time with you and Ken while visiting and going to church.

Service Schedule

  Mass of Christian Burial

Date & Time:
November 30, 2022
Beginning at 10:00am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
3900 Arthur Drive
Delta, BC Canada V4K 3N2

Reception to follow

3900 Arthur Drive
Delta, BC Canada V4K 3N2

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