KAY, John M. R.
Professor of IAA, Architecture, M.R.A.I.C and A. R.I. B. A. Died at Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock on April 9, 2009. Beloved husband of Gunilla and father of four children Ron, Monica, Bradley and Amanda and Grandchildren Vanessa and Lisa. John was born on March 20, 1929 in
Sheffield, England and grew up in Leeds, Yorkshire. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 21.
Architecture became his passion, so he passed the strenuous External Exams of the British Architectural Institute, England and soon afterwards started practicing as a registered architect in B. C. John’s buildings embraced nature where he incorporated wood, soft curves, round shapes to fit into the landscape with warm colors gently fitting together. His houses bridged gullies, hung over precipices, sometimes inspired by old fortified castles. His many awards nationally and internationally and publications portray his original and distinct style. John also wrote lovely poems for his family and doted on them all. The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of Peace Arch Hospital for their kind and attentive care over the years. In lieu of flowers please consider contributing to a fund with the TD Bank in his name for a scholarship for a worthy UBC Architectural student. John’s burial has taken place.
Please join the family for a Celebration of Life at Beecher Place, 12160 Beecher Street, Crescent Beach on May 3, 2009, 1-5 pm.