Kenneth Bruce ROBERTSON

June 13, 1945 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Kenneth ROBERTSON Obituary

It is with profound sadness our family announces the passing of Kenneth Bruce Robertson on November 23, 2023, at the age of 78, with the love of family surrounding him.

His love will forever be in the hearts of his wife and life partner Penny, daughter Shannon and son-in-law Jason Norberg, daughter Heather Robertson, and grandsons Ryley and Taoh.

Ken also leaves his dear sister Navarr Firbank (Jim), niece Melissa Firbank and family, dear sister-in-law Libby McKeever, niece Meghan McCoach and family, niece Katelyn McKeever, and many extended family members and dear friends.

Ken was born June 13, 1945. His father “Brick” (Gordon Bruce), mother Ethel, Ken and his sister Navarr made their home in North Vancouver. Ken called Grouse Mountain his backyard before it had a chairlift, and Cleveland Dam – where he later proposed to his love Penny – had not yet been built. He attended school in North Vancouver, studied at SFU, and made his career in the food industry. He moved throughout BC working for Woodward’s, and later with the corporate office of IGA as Deli / Bakery specialist.

He retired early and enjoyed many happy and active years with family and friends, travelling, playing sports (especially soccer) and learning – always learning. Ken was kind and caring in all his life’s relationships. He lived a life filled with curiosity, joy, excitement and thoughtfulness, meeting challenges with strategy and resilience, fueled by his love for and from family, friends, and for the great honour of life itself.

“Kenny and Penny” travelled through almost six decades together – a wonderful life journey. They were blessed with two daughters, Shannon and Heather, both of whom Ken was so incredibly proud and thankful for. After retirement they moved to Vancouver Island to join their daughters and their families, being especially proud grandparents of Ryley and Taoh, as they cheered on all their activities and watched them grow into the wonderful young men they are today. They continued to travel together and enjoyed the Island life with friends old and new, and loved being close to family.

Ken was a gifted athlete, excelling at soccer (his all-time favourite sport of 70 years) as well as swimming and running. He enjoyed most any activity that promoted physical / emotional / mental well-being and believed that pushing his limits was a way for him to embrace life to its fullest. Ken’s other passion was reading, and learning. He always had a plethora of non-fiction books piled by his favourite chair and enjoyed discussions of all sorts with many.

He met the challenges of Prostate Cancer for many years with perseverance and determination, and even in his final week was trekking up the stairs to his hour-long gym routine at the Beban Rec Centre. His indominable spirit was an inspiration for all who witnessed his commitment to living fully, even in the face of adversity.

Ken was a deeply kind, caring and humble man. He is dearly missed.

We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. Mark Allison, NRGH Cancer Clinic, NRGH Palliative Care Unit and Community Team, and to Ken’s much respected Prostate Cancer Support Group members.

At Ken’s request there will be no memorial service. If you so wish, please donate to Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada ( or to an organization of your choice, thank you.

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