Mr. Kenneth James Beesley

July 31, 1933August 23, 2020

Kenneth James Beesley July 1933 - August 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ken, a much loved Husband, Dad, Grandad, uncle and friend. Survived and deeply missed by Imelda, his beloved wife of 60 years, son Paul (Caroline), daughter Jackie (Neale) grandchildren Kelsey, Reilly, Racheal and Liam.

Born in Birmingham, England Ken and his family relocated to West Vancouver in 1976. As a longtime employee of West Vancouver Municipal Transit, "Mr. Beesley" became a favourite “Blue Bus" driver to many.

Ken loved sports of all kinds. Growing up he excelled at soccer, swimming and ten-pin bowling and later became an avid golfer. He dedicated many hours to coaching youth soccer and ten-pin bowling.

Ken’s gentle spirit and kindness extended to everyone. Although he was a homebody, he loved time spent with family and friends. He brought his dry, witty and hilarious sense of humour to every occasion. The memories of the laughter he gave us will live on for years to come.

Ken was a faithful and active parishioner of West Vancouver’s Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church where his funeral mass will be held on Friday, September 18th at 11:00am. Due to Covid, attendance is limited to 50 people. Please call Imelda or Christ the Redeemer to be added to the attendance list, or to receive the link for the live feed of the service.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the amazing staff at both Broadway Lodge, Vancouver and Inglewood Care Centre for their exceptional care and support over the past few months. Additionally, thank-you to Monsignor Smith and Father Thompson and the entire team at Christ the Redeemer for their loving pastoral care.

In Lieu of flowers please consider donations to Parkinson Canada or The Michael J.Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Mr. Kenneth James Beesley

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Melissa Lim

September 10, 2020

Ken was always one of my favorite friends, even before Christ the
Redeemer Parish was built. I am not sure how it transpired, but he had said "yes" when I asked if he would be willing to play the role of a Roman soldier as the children "walked back in time" through the tunnel of the old school gym changing rooms and as they eventually came and knelt before the nativity scene during one of St. Anthony's Elementary School Christmas fair. Out of his own initiative, Ken rented a Roman soldier costume and he played his role well, interacting with the lively children as they tried to visit the Holy family at the manger.

It is interesting to now realize that many of our early encounters were while both of us volunteered for the school and/or Parish. Although we didn't engage in deep conversation, our friendship grew and I was always drawn to hugging my tall and gentle friend. It is difficult to put into words what we shared, but whenever I was with Ken, I knew I was loved and appreciated. Ken was my silent cheerleader who helped me value myself as a gift from God.

Thank you my dear friend for seeing me with the eyes of God and for loving me just as I am. You have made such a difference in my life. I love you and I miss you. I am sorry I never visited. It was difficult because I wanted to always remember you as you were in your healthier years. Rest now in the loving arms of our Father, dear Ken.

Joanne Goss

September 7, 2020

Such a wonderful man! I knew him as a bus driver before I knew his daughter who became a wonderful friend. Jackie, your Dad was always kind to me and always a smile. My heart aches for you and your wonderful family. His memories will fill your hearts for ever. Xo my friend. Joanne

Greg Rowe

September 7, 2020

I had the honour of meeting Ken a few times and even stayed at the Bee's Nest with my family where Ken and Imelda were the most gracious hosts. Ken really did enjoy our stay and I especially liked the comment "dry, witty and hilarious sense of humour". He certainly demonstrated that anytime we saw him. That sense of humour was passed to Paul and Jackie, who are wonderful and funny people in their own right. Sending lots of love and warm hugs from the McCarthy-Rowe family.

Barb Trevitt

September 5, 2020

There are Fathers, and then there are Dads. “Jackie’s Dad” was one of the very special ones. We all wanted to be on his bus. He was one of those people that made you feel good with just a smile and a kind word. I’ll always remember that smile. My thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Kari Lunder

September 5, 2020

Mr. B will hold a very special place in my heart. A loving husband, father and grandfather . Sending you all a virtual ❤ hug from Israel


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