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Kenneth Russell West

September 25, 1940 - January 31, 2024

Passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on January 31, 2024, at Victoria Hospital in his 84th year. Dearly loved husband of the late Kathleen West (née Phillips).  He will be missed by his partner Maureen Johnstone.  Loving father of daughter Susan West (Naresh Singh), and son David West (Sherry).

Proud Papa to Chantal, Dana (predeceased), Kiran, Shayne, and Cameron. Dear brother of Carol Sobota (Ted predeceased), and brother-in-law to Edith Phillips (Bill predeceased).  Will be missed by, Ron, Bonnie, Ruth, Dave, Donna, Brad, Elaine, Meera, Sonia, and many, many more friends and family.  Ken was predeceased by his sister Violet Clayton (Wally), and brother-in-law Gerald Phillips (Bev).

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Drs. Foster, Potvin, Matusa, Mount, Velker, Winger, Nurse Julie of the LRCP, and all the staff and nurses on the 7th-floor Oncology unit at LHSC for their excellent and compassionate care in Ken’s time of need.

Ken had many career achievements in his lifetime:   He worked for the Blackburn Group (London Free Press) for 36 years before retiring as Advertising Director.  He was a member of the London Free Press Board of Directors. He was the first President of the Forest City Toastmasters Club.  Ken was President of the London Advertising and Sales Club.  Outside of family and work, Ken’s other passion was golf.  He was a long-standing member of Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club for 20+ years, having recently won the 2019 Masters League Championship.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to be made in memory of Ken to the “Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada”.

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Remembering Ken

A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, with visitation on Saturday, February 10th,   2024, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Service will be conducted on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 1 p.m. Following the service, all are welcome to attend a reception in honour of Ken.


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I will miss you Westie, but we made enough memories to last my entire lifetime. Your love will be a blessing forever. To the moon and back, my love.

~ Maureen Johnstone

My memory of Ken is a man who encouraged others to reach to higher goals, and do so with humility - for this message we will forever be grateful, and his memory will not be erased. My condolence to Sue, and Naresh and the West family.

~ Winston Dookeran

Ken was a wonderful Manager and Ad Director of mine at The London Free Press for many years. His optimistic attitude and love of his job was contagious and where Ken went, fun and good times as well as hard work and success followed. There were many awesome "Westy" stories shared over the years. Thank you Ken for your leadership. Our sincere condolences to the family for this great loss. RIP Ken.

~ Judy and Doug Croden

It was early in my career back in the 70’s when I met Ken at LFP. He was affectionately known as Westy. The first thing I noticed about him was his impish grin and the twinkle in his eyes. May his memory continue to remind us to be kind and thoughtful towards others as he always was. Ken was loved by many. Cindy (Adams) McPherson

~ Cindy (Adams) McPherson

We were saddened by the news Ken had passed. We had always enjoyed his company at our "court" activities and events. Recently I often checked my wordle score against his 😃

~ Susan & Glen Campbell

I had the pleasure of working with Ken at LFP and have fond memories of his kindness and sense of humor. He was a true gentleman. My condolences.

~ Dana Wilson

Melissa and I are saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. We first met Ken & Kathy 17 years ago, when we moved into their neighbourhood on Milford Court. Such a beautiful caring couple who attended all the neighborhood functions. We enjoyed many Spring and Fall golf outings with Ken. He was a great husband, father, neighbor and mostly a great friend. He always spoke of Kathy after her passing. We will miss you Ken! Sincere condolences to Ken’s family and our condolences also to Maureen. Rest in peace Ken. Mike & Melissa McPherson (Recent picture of Ken with his Milford Court golf friends at White Squirrel Golf course.)

~ Mike & Melissa McPherson

Such sad news. Ken was such a a lovely person and always very kind. We missed him and Kathy in the neighbourhood when they moved to their condo. Ken continued to enjoy the Milford Court golf gatherings, for many years. He will be missed!!

~ Rose and Flo Kuchynski

Sue, Naresh, Chantal and Kieran, wishing you peace at this very difficult time, and keeping you in our prayers🙏

~ Dave and Mary Anne Mitchell

My thoughts are with Sue, Naresh, Chantal and Kiran. May happy memories provide solace and comfort during this difficult time.

~ Joe Petrik

Services for Kenneth Russell West

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

February 10, 2024 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Funeral Service will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

February 11, 2024 1:00 pm

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada