15 Apr 24

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Major (Ret.) Ken Edmonds on April 15th, 2024 at Extendicare Laurier Manor, in Ottawa, Ontario. He was 81 years old. Loving husband to Cheryl, beloved father to Major (Ret.) John (Janet) and Robyn (Jamie), cherished brother-in-law to Larry, proud grandfather to CPL Shawn (Amy), Ashley (Jeremy), Danny (Stephanie) and Tegan (lan), and dear great-grandfather to Mason and Daxton. Ken proudly served his country for 45 years during his career with both the Canadian Armed Forces and as a public servant for the Department of National Defence. His loving smiles and amazing stories will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched. The family would like to thank Heather, Talia and Vasu from Extendicare Laurier Manor for the care they provided Ken over the last 9 years. A celebration of Ken’s life will take place on June 1st from 2-4pm at the Orleans Legion, 800 Taylor Creek Dr. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated by the family. Fair winds and following seas Ken. Ken undertook ab initio flying training at PFS RCAF Stn Centralia commencing 11 May 64. He then proceeded to Rivers MB where he completed the Advanced Flying Course (LAPC 39 Sep-Dec 64) on the Cessna L-19 Birddog aircraft at AATTS CJATC Rivers after which he was awarded the coveted Canadian Army Flying Badge. He subsequently qualified as a basic helicopter pilot at BHTU which was also located at Rivers. Later, Ken did an Exchange Tour with the RN in the UK and eventually returned to Canada to continue his Naval “experience” flying tours with the RCN on the east coast. Ken started his Military career as a Soldier Apprentice with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in the early 1960s and retired as a Major in the Pilot Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. He was one of ten RCCS Officers to qualify for and receive the Canadian Army Flying Badge in 1964.  Those ten RCCS officers are commemorated in a display in our Museum in Kingston. Rest in peace Ken. You will not soon be forgotten most fondly by anyone who had the privilege of knowing and serving with you.