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Keith McFadyen

July 25, 1935 - October 30, 2022


In the early morning hours of Sunday, October 30, 2022,  Keith passed away peacefully at Jubilee Manor in Nelson. He was 87 years old. Keith is survived by his wife of 64 years Leah, and their two sons, Cam (Corinne) and Blair. Keith also leaves behind 5 grandsons and 6 great grand children – soon to be 7.

Keith was born July 25, 1935 to Daniel and Mary (Maisie) McFadyen in Eriksdale Manitoba where he grew up in the family home with his younger brothers Ralph (Leyah) and Barry(Linda) and his younger sister Janet (Al). Sadly he lost his older brother Allen when Keith was just a year old.  Keith went to school, and worked in the family owned creamery.

Keith was working on becoming a school teacher when he changed course and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After basic training in Regina, he left the prairies and his beloved horse “Sinbad” and was stationed in the Burnaby, BC detachment. Burnaby is where he met the love of his life, Leah (Helen) Hild, the pretty young psychiatric nurse from Trail BC, They married a few years later on November 28, 1958.

Leah gave up her career in order to raise her children and together the family was transferred to Mission BC, then to Port Moody where Keith took a brief hiatus from the RCMP when he joined the Port Moody City Police.

After rejoining the RCMP,  Keith and his family were transferred to Kamloops, then Nakusp, and finally Nelson in 1975. Keith would finally retire from the Mounties and take a job as a fraud investigator with the provincial government retiring after several years from that position.

Keith’s love of sports, (hockey in particular) was a source of great joy to him. He was a very accomplished goal tender and actually played senior hockey in Manitoba at a very young age. His love for the sport would lead him to continue playing and coaching his sons at various levels. Keith and Leah were also instrumental in building the minor hockey program in Nakusp, with Keith as the President and Leah as President of the Women’s auxiliary.

Keith’s main hockey goal was to play until he was 80 years old. Unfortunately, because of injuries including head trauma, he fell just short of his goal. His love of the game continued through “Lunch Bucket” hockey where Keith was the “crotchety” leader and organizer. Keith loved to make the rules and ensured everyone follow them.

Keith loved to watch baseball, especially the Blue Jays. He would make the annual pilgrimage to Grand Forks every summer for the International Baseball Tournament where he would be recognized by some of the returning players from Cuba.

Keith loved traveling and wished he could have made “just one more.” trip to Victoria with Leah, and “just one more” trip to Bella Coola with George.

Keith was pre-deceased  by his parents Daniel and Mary, his older brother Allan and his younger brother Ralph. Keith would often refer back to his furry companion, Spanner.

Cremation has taken place and Thompson Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of life will take place in the spring.

The family wish to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at BC Ambulance service, Kootenay Lake Hospital, Columbia View Lodge, and Jubilee Manor.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Millie HARPER
Relation: Friend of the family

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Bryan Grimes and Verna Saliken
Relation: Friends

Our deepest condolences to Leah and family in the loss of a wonderful man. He will be missed dearly. Bryan and Verna

From: Susan Potter
Relation: School friend of Blair

For Blair and Families, sending you my sympathies, hugs and love during this sad time. Remember when….

From: Mike & Holli Kosof
Relation: Froend

Keith and Leah were our neighbours for many years. You could not find kinder people and we counted ourselves so very fortunate to be neighbours and friends. Keith would always stop for a chat and would pop over while we were at work and shovel our path. We knew we were in a wonderful place when Leah made us cinnamon buns to welcome us to the neighborhood. Every Christmas there would be a knock on our door as Keith delivered a beautiful loaf of bread baked by the wonderful Leah. A truly wonderful couple. We are so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing and send our love to Leah, their sons and families.

From: Dave Coletti
Relation: Friend.

He was such a great guy!! Loved visiting with him in the dressing room before and after the games. We had some good laughs. Visiting with Keith and Leah at the coffee shop was always a highlight of my day. My condolences to Leah and the boys. His legacy of noon hour hockey boss will be remembered for years!!!

From: Alistair (Al) Hensler
Relation: See the message.

Keith and I were members of K-8 Troop in RCMP training, 1953-55. I lost track of him after training. I remember him as a pleasant, personable individual and I am not surprised reading the obituary that he had not changed in older life. Sincere condolences to the family.

From: Diana van Eyk
Relation: knew Keith and Leah through the community

Leah and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss of Keith.

From: Dan & Catherine Wack
Relation: Friend

Leah, Cam, Blair and families, we are very saddened to hear of Keith’s
passing. We have many happy memories of all the times we spent at the rink. He was a very friendly and caring person. You both being there in our time of need. Sending you all our Love & Prayers. God Bless…May He Rest in Peace

From: marisa Iacullo
Relation: long time friends

to Blair Leah family. so sorry for your loss,hugs MARISA family, may he rest in peace

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