Captain Kenneth Charles Brunton – 1935 – 2021
Kenneth Charles Brunton, a kind, gentle, loving, man with humorous wit passed away January 7, 2021 at Andy’s House, Hospice of Muskoka in Port Carling with family at his side, following his courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Gravenhurst July 6, 1935. The second youngest son of the late Alfred and Elsie. Brothers of Harold, Gilbert, Douglas, Henry, Lorne, Edward, John, Doris (Williams), Gordon (all deceased). Left to mourn him brothers George and Gerald (Carol). Ken had an inexhaustible love for his family and friends. Married to his high school sweetheart Shirley (Thomas) for 64 years. Lovingly remembered by his sons Brian (Barbara) and Kenneth Blaine, grandchildren Tyler, Jennine, Victoria, Jennifer and Travis and six great-grandchildren. Especially loved Uncle Bim to his many nieces and nephews.
Ken started on the Toronto Fire Dept. in August 1957 and was married just two weeks after finishing the Drill School. He was posted to station 34 (131) and was told to put a sheet in to go “downtown” after a year had passed. Unfortunately, his Captain, who found Ken’s presence invaluable, filed his repeated requests into the round file folder beside his desk. It wasn’t until he wrote the Captain’s exam that he was finally shifted to 24 station (311). Once in 3 District he blossomed and was regarded very highly by everyone he worked with. Eventually he went to Yorkville (312) and was a Senior Man there for 8 years. His leadership and common-sense attitude toward life, money, work, firefighting and family were an inspiration to all of his co-workers. He was finally promoted to Captain on the 5th of February 1990 and went to 28 Aerial (134) where he was loved and admired by his crew there also. He retired in August 1992 after 35 years of service. Ken received an Exemplary Service Medal and two Citations for his outstanding acts of courage during his 35 years.
He was the Director of the Resource Rangers Youth Program. With his ‘country boy’ spirit he was a great outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting fishing, boating, snowmobiling and camping with his family. With his ‘adventurous spirit’ they motored with their travel trailer widely throughout North America.
Complying with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life with be held at a future date.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Charles Brunton, please visit our floral store. Donations in Ken’s name can be made to Andy’s House Hospice Muskoka 15 Depot Drive, Community Living Building P.O. Box 156, Bracebridge AL P1L 1T6, Tel: 1-705-646-1697 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: https://www.hospicemuskoka.com/donate
Our Sincerest Condolences from all our Retiree Groups go out to the Family and Friends.
In Solidarity, Retired Toronto Fire Fighters Association I.A.F.F. Local 3888