Cnr Tay Street and Racecourse Road
McDONALD Ken Francis
After months of support from family and friends, Ken passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Hospice Southland on Wednesday 28th April 2021, aged 63 years.
Loved son of the late Angus and Jean.
Dearly loved father and father in law of Anna and Josh Campbell, and James.
Loved brother and brother in law of Ian* and Yvonne, Barry and Anne (Hastings), Jeanette and David Dickson (Gold Coast).
Loved Uncle and Great Uncle of all his nieces and nephews.
Family wish to sincerely thank many carers from Healthcare NZ and Hospice Southland for their devoted care of Ken.
Ken was an instrumental member of staff at SIT for 32 years.
A farewell for Ken will be held on Monday 3rd May, 1pm at the Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill. A private cremation will follow.
Messages to 20 Montrose Street Invercargill or to Ken’s tribute page at frasersfunerals.co.nz/tributes where livestream details of his service will be available.
Ken was one of our favourite neighbours during our time at Clifton and King Streets.... lots of laughs and social events.....
You will miss him terribly....cherish those wonderful times you had with him.
We’ve seen so many changes over the years within the team and wider community as Invercargill has become more and more multicultural. Ken has been a key figure throughout.
There have been lots of highs and lows over the years and it has only added to Ken’s empathy and compassion for other people. It would be impossible to count how many International students he has helped and supported over the years.
He’s a wealth of knowledge and has entertained me many times with stories of his escapades, but he’s also a great listener and genuinely interested in other people.
Ken, SIT will not be the same without you and you will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to Anna and James who he has always spoken of with such love and pride.
Isa, Mr. McDonald we cherish the memories, joy and lessons you taught us, the Fijian students at SIT, INVERCARGILL. Beautiful soul inside and out, always have a smile on your dial.
There is a spiritual belief we hold onto, that only God gives us comfort, and at this time He will surely comfort your family.
Rest in peace in the bosom of our Creator.
Blue skies and beyond Ken
Deepest condolences to the family and near & dear ones.
You were always the one to make people laugh and smile and your stories around life adventures will be greatly missed.
I have too many amazing memories I can’t even begin to pick my favourite but the pranks you and Watson pulled against Dad are among my best. Your ability to always catch the biggest and most fish whilst Dad was trying to give you ‘tips’ despite the fact that you were actually the better fisherman always makes me smile.
Rest In Peace mate and I hope you and Dad are having a drink and laugh together.
Lots of love and prayers
As I'm an international student of SIT, Ken and his staffs have helped me a lot to adjust here with great effort and passion. I still remember his bright smile and humor, also I will remember his kindness and passion.
My deepest condolences to the family and SIT.
Ken was very caring and supportive to my family when we moved to Invercargill in 2014. We would never forget his visit on the first night we spent there, his humour and smiles, his encouragement and supports, his friendliness and gentleness.
May you rest in peace, Ken.
And to Ken, thank you for being such a loving and fun uncle. You were open and honest, connected and generous. You taught me how to cartwheel, and threw the greatest parties and Christmases. One of my most exciting and vivid memories was with you in the Clifton caves. I hope I can teach my own kids the same sense of love and adventure. Love Julie
Quite frankly he was too good for this world.
A wonderful person with a magnetic pull and ability to befriend and disarm anyone’s armour, Ken was able to get people to open up and communicate. He developed long-lasting connections with everyone he met, and so many people from all around the world will be grieving this immense loss. To have had this connection with Ken will be one of our greatest gifts of life. He was so selfless, caring and empathetic, always putting others first, often sacrificing his own needs to do so.
I have been living away from NZ for an exceptionally long time. I have lots fond & fun memories. As young kids we enjoyed a very carefree, albeit adventurous farm life. Dad being unwell we all pulled together at a very young age with farming & lambing duties. The pranks were sometimes fierce, me being the only sister of three rather strong brothers, there were always lots of antics – see water ‘drown Jeanette’, see boat – ‘throw Jeanette overboard’, see slug gun – ‘shoot her’. So, I recall the comebacks as their ‘little sister’ ‘had’ to be brutal... I do confess there may have been a very hurtful ‘adoption’ story in there (Ken having super fair hair and skin whereas we were all darker). Life went on and the boys all went to Boarding school – Ken to Saint Peters in Gore. One day he rang from the bus station – he was back in town unannounced. He had been expelled for drinking in the movie theatre. The penance was to tell your parents yourself – of which it did not go down well! I was convinced our Mum was a saint with all the escapades and yes, Kenneth being the youngest - was her favourite!
We all travelled the globe near & far still having lots of now more worldly adventures and escapades. The pranks still continued – I recall being woken in the wee small hours of the night from a deep sleep – ‘what’s that noise’, a loud roaring motor type sound coming from above! There was a lawnmower roaring on the roof of our house – nobody to be seen. Of course the culprit was Ken & a mate!! He was a prankster!
He was just the greatest uncle to our girls – Jenna & Pieta – they have the fondest memories of their young years – camping in Wanaka is among many. More recently (as I am a Travel Agent) I was able to work with Ken arranging his many SIT grueling international work trips. They were often way, way off the beaten track & complex for some but he knew I had always been there & would know the best routing, flights, accommodation & deals etc for him & more especially have him safe.
It has been hard on me to know he was unwell especially from over the DITCH, but through my constant terrorizing him by phone & updates via social platforms, we kept our connection with everyday life, the highs, lows & challenges. It has been at the least one outlet for Ken to pour his heart out & bounce thoughts which was truly needed during this terribly challenging time for him.
I cannot be with you for your celebration of life on Monday. But I feel in my heart I have been with you every step of life – your biggest fan. Your life has been a great one although cut way too short.
Farewell little bro – I hope there is one hell of a party up there awaiting you… (with the good scotch & international cuisine).
Send me a sign – tell me now.. who did shoot my beloved dog DEEFER??
Luv you always – your sister Jeanette
Deep condolences to your family.