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infrequently did. He regularly went on and completed lengthy bike trips
and hiking excursions that would tax a younger man.
In 2006 Ken became seriously ill with cancer, but he stubbornly battled
through it and made a remarkable recovery.
Ken wasn’t much for sentimentality, but occasionally, on warm summer
days on the golf course, he would comment on how rich his life was and
how fortunate he was to have good friends, a stable career and a loving family.
In the two years before his death, he lost several close family members,
but he handled those losses with his usual stoicism and positivity. “I don’t
worry about dying,” he once said. “You live and you die, and all you can do
is live your life to its fullest. If I die tomorrow, I’ve had a good life.”
On February 10, 2017, while skiing with family on a beautiful sunny day
at Sun Peaks, Ken passed away suddenly on the slopes. He was just shy of
his 70th birthday.
It’s clichéd to say that a lawyer is “a character”, but Ken truly was, in the
best possible sense of the word. Once you met him, you never forgot him.
There has never been an individual quite like him. And there never will be.
As the small boat sped down the backside of the large
wave, I slid the forward hatch open, peered in and
made sure I could reach a flare in case we needed
one. This was a long way from your typical articling
experience, but my principal, Jeff Jones, was a long
way from your typical lawyer.
Jeffrey Jones was born in California in 1955 and
moved with his family to Campbell River on Vancouver Island at the age of
12. In 1979 he earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University
of Lethbridge, where he met the love of his life and future wife, Marianne
Mikkelsen. In 1980 he obtained a master’s of philosophy from the University
of Waterloo. In 1983 he earned his law degree from the University of
Victoria, and he was called to the B.C. bar in 1984.