November 7, 1944 – May 12, 2023
at the age of 78 years:
A memorial service will be held at the Sorrento Centre in Sorrento, September 10 at 2 pm.
If the Centre is under an evacuation order, the service will be moved to the First United Church in Salmon Arm.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to South Shuswap Rides or the Sorrento Centre.
It is with great sadness, the family of Kenneth (Kenny) James Finlayson announces his death on May 12, 2023.
Kenny is greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter Amanda Leigh, his son James Alexander (Michele), grandchildren Lea, Lauren, Spencer, Stuart, Kiera, great grandchildren Elton and Darla, his brother Peter (Susan), sister Nancy, niece Tracy and nephews Sean and Rory, as well as innumerable friends, neighbours, and colleagues associated with the musical life of the Shuswap, central and northern BC and Alberta. Kenny was predeceased by his parents Alexander and Ruth and brother Donald.
Kenny had a life long passion for all things piano, whether playing and performing or restoring and tuning. He was well known around the Shuswap and beyond to almost everyone who owned a piano requiring any maintenance. A fine musician from childhood, Kenny could be found singing in choirs, playing organ in church, playing recorder in a small group, or simply strumming his guitar.
Kenny’s second passion was building his house, an oval shaped cordwood constructed building he lived in and loved to the end. His happiest times were playing his grand piano on the upper floor of his home.
When Kenny undertook anything he did it whole heartedly. Long standing interests included Toastmasters, lawn bowling, Tai Chi and dance. Kenny’s friendliness and kindness to all touched everyone who knew him.
Many thanks to Shuswap palliative care staff who cared for him in his last months, and to South Shuswap Rides whose services allowed Kenny to stay in his beloved house until the end.