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Gatenby, Kevan James

(July 6th, 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 at a later date.   If you wish to be notified about this, please send an email to

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