Ken passed away in his 98th year at Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital on Sunday, September 12th, 2021. He was the eldest son of Roy and Margaret Joslin, both deceased, from the Orillia area. He was predeceased by his wife and best friend, Sadie (nee Cook) in 2008 as well his brother Doug and his wife Mary. He leaves to remember him his loving and devoted daughters Linda (Peter Newton) and Karen (Bill Reed), his granddaughters Joslin (Mark Lloyd), Lindsay (Dave Warner), and Beth (Adam Kusch), along with great-granddaughters, Sadie and Rosie Warner and Ella Kusch, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues, and friends.
He was born and received his public and high school education in Hamilton. In 1940 he enrolled in the Militia and then in 1943 in the Canadian Army, Active Service Force. He was selected for officer training and commissioned in the Armoured Corps and later transferred to the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. After the war he entered the University of Toronto to study Mechanical Engineering, graduating with a BASc in 1950.
He reenrolled in the Canadian Army (Regular) in the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers where he served at Units and Headquarters in Canada, England and Germany as an Engineerng Officer, Staff Officer and Commanding Officer. In 1956 he attended the Royal Military College of Science in England as a student and returned to the College (1967) as a lecturer. Management studies in 1965 led to election as an Associate Member of the British Institute of Management. His over 29 years of full-time service as a military Engineer, serving in positions of increased rank and responsibility, resulted in a fulsome, challenging and rewarding career.
He retired, with Sadie, (1975) to "Bluebell Cottage" on the Severn River where he engaged with the Washago Lions Club and became an active member of Heritage United Church as a choir member and board member. He held office in two Masonic Lodges, Twin Lakes Masonic Lodge and Couchiching Chapter Royal Arch Masons and the order of the Eastern Star in Orillia where he and Sadie served as Worthy Matron and Patron. Carriage of the funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mundell Funeral Home.
Members of the Eastern Star (Lily of the Valley Chapter #141, O.E.S), Twin Lakes Masonic Lodge (A.F. & A.M. #718, G.R.C.) and Couchiching Chapter Royal Arch are asked to gather for service at the Mundell Funeral Home on Sunday, September 19th at 1 p.m. Visitation will immediately follow-on Sunday, September 19th from 2 - 5 p.m. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #34, Orillia are asked to gather for service on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions a private family service will be held at the Mundell Funeral Home. To view the service online Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 1 PM please go to https://event.forgetmenotceremonies.com/ceremony?c=1b88c8d6-9a5a-4ca7-ba4e-62f2f8e503f6
An officer and a gentleman. Callsign Bluebell “Out”.