Herbert Martin (Mart) Kenney, C.M., Lld., DLit, passed away February 8, 2006, in his 96th year at the Mission Extended Care Unit, Mission, B.C., due to complications from a fractured hip. Born March 7, 1910 in Toronto, Ontario, he was predeceased by his parents, one brother, and his beloved wife, Norma Locke Kenney.
He is survived by his children, Martin
(Lynne), Jack, and Lisa Kenney; grandchildren, Martin
(Deidre), David (Cathy), Jason, Andrew; great grandchildren, Quinn, Conor, Roarke, Aamor and his siblings, Joyce Willems, Don Kenney and their families.
Often referred to as one of Canada’s national treasures, he was passionately loyal to his country, province and community both as a professional musician and as a volunteer. He received many accolades and awards, including the highest federal and provincial civilian honours, the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. He was deeply honoured to preside over Mission’s first Canadian Citizenship ceremony just after his 90th birthday.
He was a positive and important influence in the lives of many. many people. His achievements and humanitarian contributions are a legacy for all Canadians.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of his life will be held in the Clarke Foundation Theatre, 33700 Prentis Avenue, Mission, B.C. on Sunday February 26 at 1 p.m. Arrangements by Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home, 604-826-9548.
In lieu of flowers, we suggest memorial donations to either the Mission Heritage Association, 7494 Mary Street, Mission, B.C. V2VÂ 6Y9 or to the Norma Kenney Fund, Mission Foundation, P.O. Box 3427, Mission, B.C. V2V 4J5.