Kenneth James Wilson RUDDICK

RUDDICK – Kenneth James Wilson

October 23, 1919-April 1, 2007 “Some will be remembered

for what they said.

Others will be remembered

for what they did.

The special will be remembered

for who they were.”

Author, Jim Slinsky


A wonderful Father and one of the best known fly fisherman in B.C., passed away April 1st after spending a sunny spring day working on his property in Stave Falls. He left the life he loved in his own way–a hard days work and a brief stay in hospital. His entire life was an on-going adventure. Ken owned and operated 2 logging companies, piloted his own plane, served for many years as a Mission District Alderman and raised Appaloosa horses. He was a man who believed “almost anything is possible.” To prove his point, he founded Ruddick’s Fly Shop, went to BCIT in his 60’s where he earned his log scaling license and in his 80’s he installed his own spring fed water system, learned to use a computer and continued his passion to experiment with new fly patterns. We will always remember his many fishing stories and his uncanny ability to catch fish when no one else could. His appreciation for nature will remain in the hearts of all who knew him. Begonias, hummingbirds, cherry blossoms, and the call of the loon brought him renewed joy every year. He loved the simple every day miracles, but most of all, he loved his family. Ken was predeceased by his parents Vera and William Ruddick, brothers Weldon and Bruce, and his wife Vera in 2005, whom he cared for with incredible dedication. He leaves to celebrate his life, his 5 children: Cheryle Macdonald (John), Karyn Ruddick, Ken Ruddick (Ruth) Malcolm Ruddick (Kathy), Heather Anderson. His grandchildren, Jennifer Armour (Stuart) , Beth Kennard (Jason), Coral Anderson, Crystal Anderson, Kristina Ruddick, Jamie Ruddick, and 3 great grandchildren, Brodie, Brandon and Shelby. Also, his sister Betty Talbot (Lorry), brother Ron Ruddick (Mary), sister-in-law Shirley Ruddick, and many close relatives and friends. Please join us for a celebration of Ken’s life at Meadow Gardens Golf Course 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows (604-465-5474), on Sunday, April 29th at 2 p.m. In his memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 West 10th Ave, Van. B.C. V5Z 4J4, or the Heart & Stroke Fund of B.C.

Gone fishin’