Kenneth Jack Stokes
Ken was born Aug 13 1933 in Plumas, MB then about 1935 the family moved to Saskatoon, SK. In 1939, at the outbreak of WWII, his father enlisted in the Canadian navy and they moved to Victoria, BC where Ken started school. He completed Grade 7 before the family moved back to Saskatoon in 1946, where he completed his schooling, graduating from Nutana Collegiate in 1951. In 1962, after five years of study under the auspices of the University of British Columbia, he obtained
his Certified General Accountant's (CGA) degree.|
Ken loved sports, playing a variety both in and out of school. At birth he was missing his left hand and arm just below the elbow but to him that was just a challenge, not an obstacle. Inheriting his parent's athletic skills and with determination and perseverance he played on many teams in a variety of sports. Not content with just being on a team he dedicated himself to hours and hours of extra practice to become a first stringer on most, playing soccer (forward): hockey (defense): softball (1st base) and football (halfback). But his greatest love was basketball, and one of his proudest sports moments came in Saskatoon in 1951 when, as captain and starting guard, he was in the top 10 in league scoring and his team won the Provincial Championship. Then again in 1954 he was the "sixth man" on a Victoria Junior AAA team that earned a berth in the Western Canada semi-finals. [Much later in life he was proud to learn a former opponent once paid tribute to his play by remarking "Can you imagine how good that guy would be with TWO hands" !!] Finally, after 3 years as Head Coach of a local junior football team he guided them to the BC Championship game in 1962, which had never been done before by a Victoria team at that level and was only equaled in 1999, some 37 years later.
After graduating from high school in 1951, Ken returned to Victoria and worked for a public accounting firm. In 1956 he joined the Department of National Revenue - Taxation (later known as Revenue Canada ) as an income tax business audItor, transferring in 1960 to the Special Investigations Branch as a junior investigator. Over the next ten years he rose to become a senior investigator and in 1972 was promoted to Chief of Special Investigations in Victoria. In 1981 he returned to the Audit Branch as a supervisor before retiring in 1990 for health reasons.
In 1956 Ken met his bride-to-be Beverley Turner, a Victoria girl, and they were married June 7 1958 in Victoria. Their first daughter Tracy was born in Victoria in February 1964 as was their second daughter Kelly in June 1967.
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