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Ken Verrell was born on August 13, 1926 in St. Thomas, Ontario, where he spent his entire life. He was married to Anna “Ann” Verrell (nee Bertfleff). As a child, Ken attended Elmdale Public School and, later, Arthur Voaden Vocational School. He had a 50-year career working on the Railway, including for the Pere Marquette Railroad Company, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and finally for the Chessie System. He was an active member of his community, was involved in many local organizations, and spearheaded a number of major projects and events. He served as president for the St. Thomas Tennis Club at Athletic Park for 10 years, and was also the president of the St. Thomas Curling Club. He was a 32nd degree Mason, was Past Master and life member of the Masonic Order – Talbot Lodge #546 and Past Grand Steward of the Masonic Order for the district. He was Past President of Mocha Temple Directors Staff, life member of the London Sovereign Chapter Rose Croix, and life member of London Lodge of Perfection. He was the Finance Chairman for Elgin County Presbytery and member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 50 years. He was a founding member and chairman of the Elgin County Railway Museum and founding member of the Seniors’ Picnic in Pinafore Park as well as the St. Thomas Golden K Kiwanis Club. He was President of the Elgin Photographic Heritage Society and was instrumental in documenting the Scott Studio Collection and ensuring its preservation. Ken died on June 29, 2016 at the St. Thomas Elgin-General Hospital.