Kenneth Keith

June 24, 1930July 18, 2013


Suddenly at home, after a brief illness in his 83rd year on July 18, 2013. Ken was born in Windsor, Ontario on June 24th 1930 and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario. After graduating from The University of Western Ontario, he married Doreen Gooderham in St. Thomas on July 3, 1954. He was a high school teacher for many years in both Hay River, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario. After retiring from teaching, Ken found a new career that allowed him to be close to what he loved most – books. He managed Toronto’s Lichtman’s Bookstores for many years before retiring for a second time to immerse himself in reading, gardening and walking his loyal beagle, Bonnie. At 75, he bought a computer and taught himself to use it in order to research and write an extensive history of his family and their heritage of shipbuilding and of course, to order a constant supply of books from around the world. Ken was predeceased by his wife Doreen, his brother Douglas Keith, his father John Tait Keith and mother Lillian May (Hodgson) Keith. He leaves behind his sister Jean Keith Wixson (Walter) of Whiting, New Jersey, his nieces Julie Keith Waterhouse and Brenda Wixson Donnelly and many great-nieces and nephews across the United States. He will be dearly missed by his many friends, fellow dog park denizens, and all those that loved to chat with him about gardening, books and politics. At Ken’s request, there will not be a service, but you may share your condolences and special memories of Ken with his family and friends by entering them in the Guestbook below.


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Marlene Daley

November 12, 2013

I worked for Ken for many years at Lichtman's News & Books. He was a character for sure and gave me many opportunities to grow beyond the boundaries I set myself. My condolences to his family.
Marlene Daley
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Alison & Patick McMurray

August 7, 2013

Ken, I keep looking out the window expecting to see you there watering your garden or in days gone by, coaxing Bonnie to go on a walk. Sometimes you would just stand on your front porch and gaze out at the ravine, lost in thought. Sometimes you would catch me walking out the door and quickly engage me in local politics or the state of the education system. I will miss the newspaper clippings about oysters or the latest NY restaurant slipped in my door. I will miss your emails asking about how Leiden fared at the latest feis or thanking Spencer for shoveling your walkway. May you find peace with Doreen and Bonnie. You will be missed neighbour. Sincere condolences to the Keith and Donnelly families.

Julie Glick

July 30, 2013

Ken: So sad we didn't see you more often since Bonnie passed. Bob and I will miss our walks and chats with you. RIP

John Elmer

July 29, 2013

I'm so hurt and saddened by your passing. We had many years of laughter, movies and dinner outings. Our trip to Picton and the town archives was so much fun and the beginning of your genealogy searches. You did such an amazing job of tracing your ancestry. Perfect and thorough as only you could do. I always looked forward to our talks and political jousting. You offered so much. I will miss you. Good bye old friend.

John Zigomanis family

July 28, 2013

You will be missed you impressed all with the manor you carried yourself

Kim Brown

July 25, 2013

Sorry to hear of Ken's passing, he will be missed in the neighbourhood

July 24, 2013

I was sorry to hear about Ken's passing. He was very much a part of our little dog community in the Merrill Park area. My dog Marshall and I would regularly meet Ken and Bonnie at the park and chat about current events. Ken was always interested in the news and politics of the day and eager to discuss what was going on. I was glad to see him still out and about quite regularly after Bonnie died. He shall be missed in the neighbourhood.
Kathy Reynolds (Toronto ON)

Wendy Eddington

July 24, 2013

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July 24, 2013

Wendy Eddington

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