elevated BzSjL October 14, 1919 – April 12, 2018
elevated BzSjL Visitation
Wednesday April 18, 2018 from 5 pm – 8 pm
elevated BzSjL Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
211 Langstaff Road East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 3Z6
elevated BzSjL Funeral Mass
Thursday April 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm
elevated BzSjL Chapel of St. Joseph – Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home
elevated BzSjL Obituary
elevated BzSjL Ken entered this world in Palasa, India, on October 14, 1919, the son of Percy and Antoinette (Neta) Gaughan. He spent his early years learning life lessons from the Irish Christian Brothers, at St Patrick’s, in Asansol, and maintained a lifelong gratitude for the kindness they showed him. It was a surprise and a delight, when some of the Brothers were able to attend his wedding, many years later.
elevated BzSjL While attending College at St Xavier’s, in Calcutta, he lived with the family of his school buddy, Eugene Duncan, whose sister, Marcheta, became his lifelong love.
elevated BzSjL In 1941, upon completion of college & with WWII underway, Ken joined the Armed Forces, and was posted to the 1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment/10th Army. As part of the Paiforce (Persia/Iraq), he was stationed at Basra, Mosul, Baghdad, and later Tehran. He returned to India in 1945, and was finally demobilized in July, 1946.
elevated BzSjL On December 31, 1946, at the Calcutta Police New Year’s Eve Ball, Ken and Marcheta met up once again, and the rest is History. They were married on August 27, 1949.
elevated BzSjL Ken joined Pan American Airlines in 1948, and was lucky to have opportunities for many business and leisure trips abroad, including a circumnavigation of the globe.
elevated BzSjL Ken and Marcheta immigrated to Canada with their four children, Linda, Marina, Ken (Peter), and Suzanne, in 1964. He worked at CN Rail until his retirement in 1984.
elevated BzSjL He filled his retirement years with travel, spoiling his beloved grandchildren Ryland, Martin, Mary-Claire and Julia, and indulging his love of tennis & soccer by watching the many tournaments on tv. All the while maintaining the tradition of cocktail hour before dinner, which some have suggested is the true source of his longevity.
elevated BzSjL Ken is survived by Marcheta, his wife of almost 69 years; his sister, Blossom Conway, sister-in-law Gloria Conway, and brother-in-law George Loan. He will also be missed by his children, Linda Gaughan, Marina Elms (and Paul Klingborg), Ken Peter (and Laurie) Gaughan, and Suzanne (and Ronald) Wales; his four grandchildren Ryland Elms, Martin Wales (and Elishia Porter), Mary-Claire (and Melissa) Sarmiento, and Julia (and Loa) Ngaue; and his precious great-grandchildren Darius and Addison Wales, Marley and Naomi Ngaue, and baby Sarmiento, due later this year.
elevated BzSjL The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff of Del Manor Northtown, and the nurses and doctors at North York General Hospital, for all of their care and unfailing kindness.
elevated BzSjL In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to North York General Hospital, or to the Good Shepherd Ministries, where Ken volunteered for many years.