Ken Davis

Ken Davis died on December 23, 2019 surrounded by loved ones at home in Chatham, ON ending his struggle with Alzheimer’s. His love for his family was genuine, as he knew and recognized all of us and kept up his whit to the end. Loving husband of 61 years Joan (nee Winwood). Father to John (Cheryl) Davis of Holland Centre, Shelley (Jeff) Higginson of Meaford, Janet (John) Belbeck of Newmarket, Marcia (Marc) Soto of Chatham, and Tessa (John) Bittorf of Owen Sound. Dear grandpa to Jennifer (Dan), Michelle (Jon), Bryanna (Brayden), Noelle, Michael (Jessica), Caleb, David (Brittany), Ethan (Julie), Jalen (Vanessa), Bronwen, Maitea, Rylin, Julia, Steven (Courtney) and Allan.  Great-grandpa to 5 great-grandchildren. Brother to Muriel (Campagnaro), Jack, and Glenn. Brother-in-Law to Theresa and Gwen Davis, Colleen (Estereicher), and Peggy (Adam). Pre-deceased by parents Clair and Marjorie Davis and brothers Fred, Keith, Ray and loving daughter-in-law Sandra Davis. 

Ken had a love and ability to fix and create anything out of wood. He worked for Graham Construction and taught carpentry at Georgian College for over 25 years. His greatest passion outside of his family was to see lives changed the way his was, so in 1968 Ken and Joan stepped out in faith, starting a Christian camp ministry, formerly known as Camp Ambassador and now Word of Life. The legacy of his kindness, compassion, generosity and solid one liners will live on in the hearts and lives of everyone he interacted with as well as those he never had a chance to meet. He is now Alzheimer’s free, living in eternity with his Saviour Jesus Christ.We’d like to thank Dr. Jason Denys and the Chatham Alzheimer’s Day Away Program for their support and care for Dad. Please join the family on Saturday, December 28th at the Alliance Church in Owen Sound for the visitation at 9:30 am and the Celebration of Life at 11 am. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Alzheimer Society of Chatham-Kent. Online condolences are welcome at

27 Comments on “Ken Davis”

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is hard anytime but it is amplified at Christmas. I pray that the hope if Christ’s incarnation brings you much comfort as you grieve. Love, hugs, and prayers, Rose Jahns (Willimot)

  2. Our condolences to Joan and all the family. Ken, there is no need for a second opinion as to your health (you never wanted it anyway). You are in perfect health and more alive now than you ever we’re! We will miss you.
    Bill &Carol Prime

  3. My deepest sympathies to all your family, Ken is at peace now, he was very much a large part of our family. Lots of wonderful memories to share. His sense of humour and wit made light of lots of conversation. We will miss him. Love and hugs to all of you.

  4. Marcia, Marc and family
    So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with all of you.

  5. Our deepest condolences to Joan, Marcia , Marc and the rest of your family. Praying for Gods amazing peace even as you mourn and celebrate Kens life during the next week . Our prayers are with your whole family

  6. Sorry to hear of the loss of Ken. He, and Joan, were such a huge part of my life while we served as a family at Camp Ambassador. One of the kindest, most hard working people I had ever met. I am sure my Dad will be thrilled to see him. My heart goes out to you all as a family while tho you celebrate his life, you experience deep loss, and …it sucks. Thinking of you all, praying for you all as you miss him for years to come.

  7. Our sincerest condolences to you Marcia and Marc. May God surround you with his love and peace.

  8. Sounds like a wonderful man who will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the families. Carl and Julie

  9. So many mixed emotions on hearing of Ken’s passing. Sad that a husband, father and grandfather is gone but so happy for Ken being whole again and spending Christmas with his Creator and Saviour. Lawrence and I appreciated Ken and Joan as our closest friends as we shared the Alzheimer Journey as couples. Our lives were forever touched by their caring spirit – and , of course, Ken’s one-liner ‘zingers’. Be at peace, Ken. God, wrap the family in your arms.

  10. Saddened to hear of your loss Joan. I have fond memories. You will miss him. But life will begin to fall into place again. Blessings., Alberta and family

  11. Joan, we were shocked and saddened today to learn of Kens’ passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  12. Our heart felt condolences Aunt Joan and all my cousins. I remember fondly Uncle Ken‘s knack for the pounding of nails and all things woodworking. Recall the hammering contests at every family reunion. It’s been years but I’ll never forget those images and sounds. I have an even more distant and faint recollection of Uncle Ken shaping a pare of new handles for a wheel barrel with a spoke shave in our garage on old Hwy 6 (Gordon St.) in Guelph during one afternoon visit when I was just a wee runny nosed toddler. I remember the smell of the wood and the slick sound of the cuts, it was pure fascination to my brand new eyes.

    A warm blanket of love and compassion to all of you from the Mountains.

  13. Aunt Joan & Cousins
    So sorry you’ve lost such a great guy! I remember the summer & winter visits to Camp Ambassador but I loved the winter the most. I so admired you both for all the time and effort you put into your passion but it was evident you received so much more. God Bless.

  14. Joan and family, we are saddened by the news of Ken’s homegoing, but we rejoice in knowing that he is in the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We have very fond and precious memories of our time with Ken and you and your family in EBC in Owen Sound. Please be assured that you are on our thoughts and prayers. God bless, Dorothy and Noel.

  15. I first met Ken as a seven year old when he came to our farm to take Joan on a date. Colleen and I from the beginning had a crush on Ken because he was always kind to us, like our big brother.
    My sons also loved their uncle Ken, especially his kind nature and quirky humor. We have lost count of the number of times we stayed at their place, disrupting their busy lives. What tolerance they showed always.
    We now have more reason than ever to long for our eternal home.

  16. We are sorry for your loss, but so thankful that Ken is with the Lord and whole again. We have some great memories of him both at camp and Evan. What a precious legacy he has left!

  17. Dear Aunt Joan and cousins,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Ken was a gentle soul with a great sense of humour. He will be missed.
    Thinking of you at this time.

  18. Our sympathy to you Joan, Marcia and Marc. Ken touched many lives during his life and we are happy to have known him, if only for a short time.

  19. May God bring comfort to your family during this time. I have many fond memories of Ken from my times at Word of Life. He was a gentle spirit with a witty sense of humour. Much love to you Joan and Marcia and the rest of your dear family. Praise God for the promise that Ken is free and whole with his precious Saviour.

  20. Shelley
    So sorry to hear about your Dad. It’s always hard to lose a parent – no matter how old we are. It was wonderful that you were able to recently spend time with him when you were recovering from your knee surgery! These moments and times are irreplaceable and hopefully will give you some comfort going forward.
    Hugs and best wishes to you and your family
    Kathie & Sid

  21. Dear Shelley and family. We are so sorry for your loss. I know your family is extremely close and hopefully can take comfort in one another. Cherish the memories. Sending hugs and prayers to everyone.
    The Butler Family

  22. I am saddened to hear of the passing of Ken. I am sorry and feel badly for all of you. I know you will all miss him dearly. He was a very kind man with a great sense of humour, who left all of us with fond memories. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love Mindy

  23. Dear Joan & family
    We are sorry to hear of Ken’s passing but know that he has gone to a better place. Our condolences to you all. We often comment about Ken as he was working at Dahmer Lumber when they prefabbed our house for us back in 196l, happy to say we are still living in it. Many memories
    of good times at things happening at Camp Ambassador, some of our children spent many an evening out there . Sorry I could not get to visitation but I am not able to leave Stu alone either so just know we are thinking of you & remembering you in prayer. May God bless & comfort each one of you. Sincerely Stu & Ev Edmonstone

  24. Dear Joan and family,
    We want to send along our sympathy with Ken’s passing. A couple of things I remember about Ken are his quick and witty comments and his gentle spirit. How great the hope is that we have in Christ, both in death and in life. We rejoice that Ken is with his Saviour forever, and pray that God will comfort your hearts in his absence here and help you to grieve your loss. Love and peace, Wesley and Janice Frizzell

  25. I only now heard of Ken’s passing and I am so sad to hear of this. Ken was my boss that first summer I worked at Camp Ambassador in 1978. He was funny and kind and a terrific boss and influence. I am richer for having met him and spending as much time as I did with him. I know all of his family will have warm memories of him and lots of smiles I think. My sincere sympathy to all of his wonderful family. Thinking of you. I lost my father within 2 months of Ken’s death.

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