Verrell – Kenneth Robert of St. Thomas passed away peacefully at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016, in his 90th year. Beloved husband of the late Anna “Ann” Verrell (2002). Predeceased by his late sister, Joyce (Ernie) Gallagher of Chatham and his twin brother at birth. Remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews and special friend of Gord Campbell, Walt Molinaro and Lesley Buchanan. Ken was born in St. Thomas on August 13th, 1926, the son of the late Edward Percy “Teddy” and Elizabeth (Brown) Verrell. He spent his entire life in St. Thomas. Ken attended Elmdale Public School and Arthur Voaden Vocational School. He was very active in sports, was a speed skater, played badminton, taught tennis at the old tennis club located at Athletic Park where he was president for a 10 year period. He was past president of the St. Thomas Curling Club, Past Master and life member of the Masonic Order – Talbot Lodge #546, Past Grand Steward of the Masonic Order for the district, Past President of Mocha Temple Directors Staff, a 32nd degree Mason, life member of the London Sovereign Chapter Rose Croix, life member of London Lodge of Perfection, life member of York Right, Finance Chairman for Elgin County Presbytery, member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 50 years, founding member of the St. Thomas Golden K Kiwanis Club, President of the Elgin County Photography Association, and founding member and chairman for the Elgin County Railway Museum. Ken was employed by Pere Marquette Railroad; Chesapeake and Ohio Railway; Canadian Pacific Railway and then Chessy System Railway for a total of 50 years.
A funeral service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held at First United Church, St. George, St., St. Thomas on Monday (July 4th) at 11:00am. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Sunday from 2:00-5:00pm. A memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. by Offers and Members of Talbot Lodge #546 A.F. and A.M. Memorial donations may be made to Valleyview (Friends and family) . Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org