Ken Darling of Meaford passed away peacefully at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in his 92nd year.
Born in Meaford on May 27, 1928, he was a son of the late Lionel and Doris (nee Wright) Darling.
Ken was predeceased by his beloved wife June (nee Stacey) Darling in 2004.
He was the much loved father of Terry Darling and his wife Doreen of Meaford and Randy Darling of Thornbury.
Ken was the proud grandfather of Scott Darling (Sarah), Katlyn Darling, Kristin Racine (Ben), and Robbyn Darling, and great grandfather of Elizabeth, Mae and Xavier.
Raised at Mountain Lake of the former St. Vincent Township, Ken spent his childhood years enjoying the outdoors with his brother Ron. On June 4th, 1949, he and June married and eventually moved to a farm in the Thornbury area where they raised their boys, worked hard and loved spending time outside tending to their animals and later to their orchard which brought Ken great joy. The apple industry was a big part of Ken’s life and he was the President of the Georgian Bay Fruit Growers and proud recipient of the Golden Apple Award in 1974. Ken also enjoyed the time he spent coaching the Thornbury Giants hardball team.
He will be remembered fondly by his brother Dr. Ron Darling and his wife Mary Jane.
A funeral service, officiated by Reverend Dr. Robert Buchanan, will be conducted at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. with a service of committal and interment following at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.
As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.com
Funeral service at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.