Com­mu­nity event planned to cel­e­brate the life of Santa Ken

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

A CHRIST­MAS-themed cel­e­bra­tion of Santa Ken’s life is planned in Yanchep this week­end.

The pop­u­lar Santa, whose ca­reer spanned 29 years, took time off last year to be with fam­ily fol­low­ing treat­ment for melanoma.

Ken Ekins died on July 6 and daugh­ter Alana Davis said his fam­ily would re­mem­ber him most for his “cheek­i­ness”.

“He al­ways had a joke or a cheeky com­ment for ev­ery­one,” she said.

“He did get him­self in trou­ble on more than one oc­ca­sion as some peo­ple didn’t quite know how to take his hu­mour.”

Born in East­bourne, Eng­land, on April 4, 1942.

Ken moved to Aus­tralia in 1970 and worked as a mo­tor me­chanic in Syd­ney un­til 1980.

He and wife San­dra bought a gen­eral store that year, then started a gift shop in 1984 and moved to Perth in 1986.

“Dad did odd jobs for a bit, then in 1987 Mum and Dad bought the Ser­pen­tine Tav­ern,” Alana said.

“They sold that and re­tired to Two Rocks in 1993.

“He worked for ‘home help’ right up un­til he got sick, do­ing odd jobs for the el­derly.”

The Ekins have two daugh­ters, Alana and her sis­ter Elisa Trenor­den, as well as five grand­daugh­ters: Mil­iani, Char­lotte, Ab­bie, Kaylee and JamieLee.

His death has prompted an out­pour­ing of con­do­lences to his fam­ily on so­cial me­dia, as well as peo­ple shar­ing mem­o­ries and pho­tos taken with the jolly man in red.

Lake­side Joondalup Shop­ping City cen­tre man­ager Gemma Han­ni­gan said fam­i­lies came from all over Perth to have their Christ­mas pho­tos taken with Santa Ken for 13 years.

“He brought hap­pi­ness to so many peo­ple and our heart­felt sym­pa­thies go out to the Ekins fam­ily,” she said.

The fam­ily will hold a cel­e­bra­tion of Ken’s life on Sun­day, July 15, from 11am at lake view shel­ter in Yanchep Na­tional Park. Alana said en­try would be free and peo­ple could wear Christ­mas at­tire.

Ken Ekins with daugh­ters Alana Davis and Elisa Trenor­den and wife San­dra.

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