Prominent in railway, highway and power development projects across Canada for the last 40 years, Lieut.-Col. Kenneth Alan Ramsay, O.B.E., D.S.O., died at his home in Grimsby on Saturday.
In his 66th year, he was born in Hamilton, a son of the late Alex and Annie Ramsay. He received his early education in Hamilton and later graduated from Trinity College School, Port Hope, and the Royal Military College, Kingston.
He served overseas throughout the First World War with the Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps, being awarded both the O.B.E. and the D.S.O. in recognition of the work he accomplished.
Construction projects in which he had worked included the building of the Grand Trunk Western Railroad through to Prince Rupert, B.C., the Hudson Bay Railroad and the power development in the Abitibi canyon.
He came to Grimsby in 1937 as a construction superintendent with the Dominion Construction Corporation, of Toronto, when that company was working on the building of the Queen Elizabeth Way through the Niagara Peninsula.
While he made his home in Grimsby from that time on, he later superintended construction of a defence industries plant at Valleyfield, Quebec, and naval projects at Sydney and Truro, Nova Scotia. He retired from active work in 1945. He was a member of the Canadian Legion and St. Andrew's Anglican Church.
Surviving besides his wife, the former Jean Elizabeth Kidd, are three sons: Kenneth of Hamilton; Gordon, of Niagara Falls; and Charles of Montreal; also a brother, Gordon Ramsay, of Toronto.
Funeral service was held in St. Andrew's Church Monday afternoon, the Rev. E.A. Brooks officiating. Interment was made in St. Andrew's Churchyard, with his three sons, and George Nelles, James G. Walker and R.M. Boehm acting as pallbearers.
Honourary bearers included a brother, Gordon Ramsay, and a brother-in-law, W.J. Baird. Other honourary bearers were Messrs. W.M. Wallace, A.R. Globe, Beresford Scott and Hartland Dickson.