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By R.C. Tino Bella
Kenneth Stephen Tessovitch was born in The Pas,
Manitoba on March 15, 1947.
He was vague about his antecedents, describing
himself only as “White Russian”. While no doubt this
was in reference to the legendary cocktail, Ken’s
taste ran more to cold beer and homemade red wine.
Although his ancestors may or may not have hailed
from Eastern Europe, he certainly seemed built to withstand the type of
weather one might experience in that part of the world. His parents eventually
relocated to Prince George which had an equally inhospitable climate
Ken was an intensely social person. From a young age he amassed a vast
network of acquaintances from all walks of life. In high school, Ken earned
the nickname “Tank”, coined by fellow students in recognition of his distinctive
physique and his distinct lack of subtlety. Following high school,
Ken ventured to UBC, where he quickly settled into a campus fraternity.
Despite the housing arrangements proving less than ideal for studying, Ken
easily completed undergrad with a degree in political science. It was in his
second year of law school in 1975 that he met his wife Delda, who at the
time was a lab assistant working at St. Paul’s Hospital. They married in 1978
and had two daughters, Tina and Suzie, and one son, Stephen. All share
their parents’ kind and generous spirit.
Ken completed law school at UBC and settled in Kamloops, quickly
becoming a busy and leading criminal defence lawyer. A formidable adversary,
Ken acted on thousands of files throughout his almost 40-year career.
He was very passionate about the law. He deplored injustice or bullying in
any form. If Ken thought something was wrong, he said so. He stood up to