Kenneth Stanley Garton
June 25, 1928 – May 8, 2020
Born June 25, 1928 in Didsbury, Manchester England; passed away peacefully on Friday May 8th, 2020 in Oshawa at Wynfield Long Term Care, in his 91st year. Beloved Husband to Noreen Garton (nee Blower), for 64 years (September 1st, 1956). Much loved Father of Sue (Dave), Diane, and Mike (Sandy). Cherished Popa to Amanda and Alexa. Loving Brother to Winn, Joyce (predeceased) and Fred (predeceased). Lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews, Hans, extended family, and dear friends. In his youth, Ken enjoyed playing soccer and cricket. He served in the British Armed Forces before emigrating to Canada in 1952. He also worked for the Royal Canadian Air Force, as a civilian stationed in France working on microwave and other specialized telecommunication equipment. Ken was an electronics technician/engineer and a successful entrepreneur. He started Collectrol Timers Inc. which is coming up to its’ 50th year. His quick wit, dry sense of humour, and cheerful disposition will be greatly missed by all his friends and family. Sincere gratitude is extended to the staff at Wynfield LTC for their expert care and compassion, with special acknowledgement to the Lynde Creek Care Staff. A private ceremony took place on May 9th at the Oshawa Funeral Home. Donations can be made to Wish of a Lifetime at 2 – 435 Horner Ave., Toronto M8W 4W3 https://wishofalifetime.org/donate/ or the Alzheimer’s Society. Online condolences may be made at www.oshawafuneralhome.com
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Kenneth Stanley Garton
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May 15, 2020
It was very sad and heartbreaking to receive the news of the passing of my dear Uncle Ken, he was always so kind to me, and I've been blessed by the many times that we've been able to be together over the years.
Uncle Ken, along with his Dad, Fred, and stepmother Betty, emigrated to Toronto, Canada from England a few years after my parents. They left England on 26 Nov 1952, traveling on the Empress of Canada. His father and stepmother would return to England but Ken remained.
My older sister Anne and I were both born in Toronto, but for me, my time in Toronto was limited as we emigrated to the USA in 1958. I was only four at the time, so I have few memories of my time in Toronto. My memories of Uncle Ken are therefore tied to the many times he visited us in California, and trips we made back to Canada over the years.
Uncle Ken is much beloved by myself and the rest of our family. He was just such a lovely person to be around. So, smart, so witty, so full of life. I have so many memories of happy times spent with him, but watching Ken and my Mum together, and on a few occasions watching the interactions between the two of them with their sister, Joyce, are some of the most fun memories I have.
One of my happiest memories was when both Ken and Joyce surprised Mum for her 75th birthday by arriving in California within hours of each other and Mum opening the door to see them both standing there. The love between the three of them was palpable. It was a gift to be in their company and to watch them with such joy, reminisce over so many memories.
I always appreciated that Ken would get on a plane and come visit Mum to help her celebrate important birthday and anniversary occasions. Ken's love of family is evident always, and I'll be forever grateful to be apart of this extended group.
RIP dear Uncle Ken... you will be greatly missed by myself, and all the family.
May 15, 2020
I am writing this for my Mum, Winn Maddocks, elder sister of Ken. Mum has regaled us with stories over the years about growing up with Ken. Mum is just a few weeks shy of 10 years older than Ken. She has always referred to him as her baby brother…even in his 90s – he was still her baby brother and she his big sister. Growing up their mother, Alice Garton (Gran Alice) was ill much of the time so my Mum helped to raise her younger siblings. She talks of a time when Ken came running up to her and asked her, Winn, not his own mother, if it was okay to go out and play with his friends. Gran Alice was standing right next to Mum when this happened and thankfully, she found it amusing rather than an insult that for Ken, Mum was the one in charge.
My Mum also tells a story that she took Ken to the movies with her, on what was her and my Dad, Harold’s first official date. She offers no explanation for this, but laughed in the retelling --- admitting that my Dad was no pleased and told her next time not to bring Ken.
Ken and Mum have lived 2,500 miles apart since 1958 when my parents immigrated to the United States. The distance meant less contact, but the love and appreciation for each other remained.
The passing of her baby brother has been hard for Mum to come to terms with… she will miss him greatly, but her memories of happier times will be of great help.
Alice-May for Winn Maddocks xx
May 14, 2020
I was so sad to hear of the passing on Ken. He was such a nice man and will be missed. My condolences to the Garton family. ❤
May 14, 2020
I will treasure my memories and keep them close to my heart.
When Ken & Noreen we’re living in Harmony Hill I had the pleasure of seeing them daily as I worked the front desk I always looked forward to them passing by as I knew I was always getting a hug. As time passed Noreen would come down with Ken in his wheelchair no matter what I was doing I stopped so I could go over and give Ken a hug. And it never failed he would give me the biggest smile I could go on and on about my memories but I will stop here and cherish that smile
Love Caroline 🌷🙏
May 14, 2020
Noreen, Mike, Sandy, Di, Amanda, Sue, Dave & Alexa -
We want to express our sincere condolences to all of you. We have such fond memories of Ken sitting at Sandy & Mikes - having a beverage, a chat and giggle. Ken was always a true gentleman with his English accent and wonderful smile.
Hoping your many memories of family time together will make you smile always.
Love Pam, Ed & Keenan
May 12, 2020
Ken was a true gentleman. With a lovely smile every time he greeted you, Ken gave you his time and respect on every occasion. Add a terrific wife and three marvelous children and I am certain that Ken had a role in shaping and supporting his amazing family. They all have many of his wonderful traits.
I will always remember Ken with his pencil and graph paper, willing and ready to explain with precision detail his next project. I could understand the house renovation plans, but he lost me on the "Timer Boards". Oh well; I was never very good in shop class in junior high!
During this difficult period of pandemic isolation, it has really heightened our awareness of the importance of family. Ken; your dedication to your family, both generations before as well as generations after, is a great legacy you have given us all. Thank you.
May you rest in peace; God Bless.