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Kevan James Gatenby

November 14, 1947 - June 14, 2021


November 14, 1947 to June 14, 2021


Kevan James Gatenby died peacefully at his home in Winlaw, BC on June 14, 2021 at the age of 73 years. Kevan was born in Regina, SK, the oldest of four children born to Marian and James Gatenby.


Kevan grew up in Edmonton, AB where he first developed his lifelong passion for music, motorcycles and adventure.  He especially loved live music, notably attending Woodstock and Mardi Gras.


Kevan attended university at UBC in Vancouver.  Following university, Kevan followed his heart to the Slocan Valley where he lived the rest of his adult life.  Initially renting property, he ultimately purchased his own farm where he lived, usually with a canine companion, for the last 40 years. He remained a dedicated employee of Celgar for over thirty years until his retirement in 2007.   Kevan was an incredible role model, teacher and father and provided unwavering support to Elliot and his step-son Byron.


Kevan was energized by playing his guitars, tending to his garden, riding his motorcycles, outdoor pursuits and spending quality time with friends and family. He had an infectious laugh, and sharp wit.  His inquisitive mind turned to the study of the natural world, literature, music, astronomy, photography and chess. He accumulated an impressive collection of books, records and instruments and they put a smile on his face until the end. He will be lovingly remembered by his son Elliot and step-son Byron, brothers Ian (Tammy), Rod (Sue), and sister Laurel, as well as his many close cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on August 21 at 2:00 pm at Vallican Whole Community Centre, located at 3762 Little Slocan South Road near Vallican.  Visit http://vallicanwhole.com for more info and directions.


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From: Allan Fry
Relation: We were work mates for many years at Celgar Pulp

So sad to hear of Kevan’s passing. Kevan and I worked together for many years in the Machine room at Celgar. We also curled together in retirement in the Castlegar’s seniors Curling league. He was always a great friend and had a wonderful sense of humour, with a great infectious laugh. We had many many discussions over the years about music, guitars and life in general. Whenever I drive through Winlaw I will give a wink and a nod in silent toast to a wonderful friend and workmate. His wonderful smile will be remembered!

From: Sherri Ingrey
Relation: friend from 1968

Kaige was my dearest friend for many years when I was much younger, and I am sad we never got to meet up again in later years. He was a wonderful friend and this news saddened me deeply.

From: James Wiest
Relation: Friend

I met Kaige thru his cousin Al and had many good times at the “Ranch” when I would be passing by Winlaw , he always provided a place to stay , interesting conversation and we always shared our motorcycle stories , during his illness we kept up our conversations by telephone , I’m really going to miss you my friend !! RIP

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A celebration of life will be held at a later date.   If you wish to be notified about this, please send an email to rodgatenby@gmail.com.

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