Well known Oak Bay businessman, Ken Agate, passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospice on the morning of September 11, 2023. He leaves his sister, Natalie Fisher (Mark), and close friends, Joan Stein and Victor Smith.
Ken was born on February 20, 1944 in Fiji. He grew up in New Zealand before eventually making his way to Victoria, BC, where in Oak Bay he operated The Blethering Place Tea Room for thirty three years. He was also a long time member of Oak Bay tourism. The Tea Room became home to many patrons daily. Ken was a very special person that had the gift of making those around him feel welcomed and included. His charismatic and kind personality left an impression on everyone whom he met.
Twenty three years ago Ken started the Oak Bay Classic car show. Antique cars were his passion. Ken also had the talent of making things beautiful. For example a flower arrangement, setting a table and of course polishing a car to perfection.
Ken will always be cherished, missed and never forgotten. He touched the hearts of those close to him. He will also be remembered by the wonderful staff at Hospice who treated him with genuine care and respect.
At Ken’s request there is no funeral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice.
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