Darling, Kenneth Leslie 'Ken'

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



Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:30 PM
Funeral service at Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Sandra & Randy
    Monday, March 9, 2020

    Terry, Doreen & Family and Randy

    Sending condolences to all of you. Cherish wonderful memories, they will help you through the difficult times.

    Sandra & Randy Pyatt

  2. Gwen Hutchinson
    Monday, March 9, 2020

    To the Darling Family,
    Ken was a “Giant” in the apple industry as the apple growers know, but my clearest memories are of him & his Giants Ball Team, which Hutch was a member of. I gave Hutch’s Jersey to our son, Brent, who was overjoyed that I had kept it as a souvenir of the team. The socializing that we enjoyed with June and Ken and the other families after games were as much a part of the game as what actually was played on the ball diamond. A lot of the “stars” of that team are no longer with us, but there are still some stories to be told when the old timers get together.
    My sincere sympathy to the family.

  3. Jan Heffernan
    Monday, March 9, 2020

    Randy, Terry and family
    So sorry to hear of Uncle Ken’s passing. Each time we visited we were always greeted with a big hug and that smile. He was such a hard worker and always sent home lots of apples with us when we would leave. He and I would go for walks and we would talk about everything. I don’t believe there was a topic he couldn’t speak a bit on. So full of wisdom. You will be missed.
    Jan and Steve Heffernan

  4. William Campbell
    Monday, March 9, 2020

    Sincere condolences to all the Darling family.Ken and June were great friends in the years of the “Giants”.We have a lot of memories of those days.
    Bill&Gerri/Howard&Nicole….The Campbells

  5. Gary & Sharon Long
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    Sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was a great family and community person and he will be missed. Cherish your memories.

  6. Patricia and James Hindle
    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    We have long appreciated our friendship with the Darling family. Ken and June were fine examples of good and integrity in the community and Terry and Randy have followed that family tradition. The community shares in your loss but also fond memories of a life well lived.

    1. Randy Darling
      Wednesday, March 11, 2020

      Thanks James for the kind words

  7. Robert Gardner
    Friday, March 13, 2020

    Ken was a good friend as a fellow apple grower.
    He was a well respected man in his farming activities and he was a very astute member of the local Fruit Grower Assciation and the Ontario Apple Marketing Commision.

  8. Helen and Harry Wells
    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Ken was a great friend and we remember lots of fun times from the past.
    Helen and Hank Wells

  9. Bonnie Hammond
    Saturday, March 21, 2020

    Terry, Doreen & Randy – my condolences on the passing of your father, Ken. I watched him play ball with my Dad for many years! What fun they had! Remember the good times! Enjoy your memories!

  10. Mary Jane (Hutchinson) Mullaney
    Monday, March 23, 2020

    Ken and June were a part of my childhood. So many good memories. Our last time together was after my mom’s passing. He shared fun stories and he talked about how proud he was of his grandchildren. I will miss his laugh.


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