We sadly announce the passing of Ken Hampton on Sept. 18, 2019 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Ken was born on April 29, 1955 in Fort Frances to Elsie and George Hampton and lived most of his life in Alberton Township.
He worked at Canada Safeway and the mill during high school, then moved to Thunder Bay where he received his electrician's ticket.
In 1977, he married Christine Vanderplaats and they built a house on the family property in 1981, where they raised their two children, Rianna and Ryan.
Over the years, Ken helped with many elections and served on the board of directors for the credit union and as an executive of his electricians' union.
In the winter months, he made time to coach and referee hockey during the years that his son, Ryan, played in Emo.
Each December, Ken thoroughly enjoyed playing the part of Santa for many years at the Scandinavian Club Christmas Supper.
He took the time to talk to everyone and always had time for family and friends. If you met him and took the time to chat with him, you easily became one of his friends.
His favourite place to be was at the lake.
Whether he was fishing, teaching others to fish, boating or working on the new cabin—it was the best place to be.
It broke his heart when he became unable to make the journey to the cabin anymore.
Within one year of retiring from H20 Power, Ken was diagnosed with stage 4 thymic carcinoma, a very rare and incurable cancer at this time.
His spirit was strong but his body could not keep up with the painful experience.
His beautiful smile wilted away but his soul moved onward to a better place.
Ken was predeceased by his father in 2006 and his mother in 2016.
Ken is survived by his loving wife, Christine; daughter, Rianna; son, Ryan (Naomi); and Ken's devoted walking companions, Mollie and Rexie. Also surviving are his brother, Howard (Shelley); niece, Sarah, and nephew, Jonathan; sister, Christine (Glenn Straight), nephew, Justin Brown (Alicia), Ryder and Paisley; and nephew, Lyndon Brown.
Ken also leaves behind several aunts and uncles, many cousins and copious amounts of cherished in-laws.
The youngest children in the family were the ones that made him smile the most.
Kaydence and Brielle held a special place in his heart.
He was always willing to have a cup of tea at playtime and listen to their stories.
Ken, you will be forever treasured in our hearts and always remembered in our thoughts.
As per Ken's wishes, there will be no funeral.
Northridge Funeral Home has taken care of cremation.
If friends so desire donations may be made by check to the Canadian Cancer society, the Red Cross or the Palliative Care Room at La Verendrye Hospital, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.