March 31, 1961 – December 21, 2018
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Kenneth Bjerke, 57, of Port Coquitlam, died peacefully in his home in the early morning hours of December 21, 2018 after a 2 year and 4 month battle with ALS disease.
Ken was born the second of three children in Vancouver on March 31, 1961, to proud parents Aud Sofie Møller Bjerke and Erling Bjerke. The family lived in the West End of Vancouver and Ken went to Lord Roberts Elementary, spent sunny days in Stanley Park at the beach (the Norwegians called it Bikini beach) and with all the young children known as the Stanley Park Gang. After a few moves with the family back and forth between Vancouver, and Oslo, Norway, the family settled in Port Coquitlam. Ken played community sports and attended Irvine Elementary, George Pearkes Junior Secondary, and Port Coquitlam Senior Secondary.
After high school, Ken moved to Oslo to start an apprenticeship as a lithographer in the printing industry. After attaining his Journeyman’s certificate in lithography, Ken moved back to Canada to start work in the printing industry. Very shortly after arriving back in Canada, the Norwegian government came calling for Ken to complete his mandatory service in the Norwegian Military. Ken served a year in the Royal Navy Coast Guard. Ken was posted to the NATO office in Oslo for the remainder of his service after boot camp training.
Ken loved the military and security forces environment and realized that this was where his true passions lay. Back in Canada, he began work providing security services for various gaming outlets. Ken provided security and safety to thousands of gaming customers for almost 30 years.
Ken’s death is preceded by his dear mother Aud in 1989. Ken is survived by his loving family: father Erling, sisters Leslie (Dale) and Linda (Jim), nieces Vendela, Liv, and Lauren, nephew Erik, and many close relatives in Norway: Ekerby, Gulliksen, Jansen, Westby, Schjerven, Thorstensen, extended Møller and Bjerke family plus several personal and close family friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family is grateful for donations to the ALS Society of British Columbia.
We will always love you and miss you Ken.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Kenneth Bjerke 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: port-coquitlam, Province: Colombie britanique