Kenneth Cecil Slade

July 16, 1929 – December 8, 2021
At the age of 92 Ken slipped quietly away at home with his partner of 66 years, Patricia (Pat) by his side.
Ken was a kind and generous man whose door was always open to friends and strangers despite a house already full with 7 children. He is a legend in the BC water well industry, founding Drillwell Enterprises in 1965, now a 3rd generation family business. He served multiple terms as President of the BC Groundwater Association and traveled the world spreading his good humour and his vast knowledge of well drilling and groundwater.
Ken served on the Board of Trustees for the Cowichan Bay Fire Dept. for 50 years, holding the office of chair for most of that time. Ken was a founding member of the South Cowichan Rotary Club, served on the board of Community Futures and was active in the United Church on various committees and the AOTS group. He was a hockey coach, a scout leader, a business leader and above all an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was generous to a fault, and known as a prince by customers and business competitors alike. He was universally respected and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Ken is predeceased by his son Brian and daughter Karen and survived by his wife Pat, children David (Kelly), Paul (Colleen), Calvin (Leesa), Eric (Marie) and Melanie Brancato (Lou), 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank and acknowledge the amazing efforts by Wendy and Brenda, two wonderful people who provided care and support for Ken and Pat. Their patience and compassion gave much relief to the family and allowed Ken to remain on the Cowichan Bay property that was home for almost 70 years.
A private family service will be held at the Duncan United Church on Wed. Dec. 29 at 1pm. All who wish are welcome to attend by zoom, a link will be available on the Duncan United Church Website at or by using the following url: Zz09
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken’s name to a charity of your choice.
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