Ken was a fellow Ryerson classmate of mine, and we once lived in the same boarding house on Dundonald Street, downtown Toronto. He made the most of his time, and couldn’t get enough of the movies, both new and old, live theatre and travel. He and his late wife, Eva Kato, attended Soulpepper shows regularly from the company’s beginnings. When Ken passed away in 2020 he bequeathed $100,000 in his will to the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.From Soulpepper – “This donation, the largest realized planned gift in the Young Centre’s history, will have tremendous impact and was an inspiring, uplifting conclusion to a very difficult year. Ken’s legacy helps ensure we can continue to welcome audiences to productions and programs at our artistic home. We believe this is a fitting tribute to someone who felt very much at home in the theatre.Altogether there were twelve beneficiaries from the estate – four hospitals and eight theatres. The theatres were especially grateful in this year of need. The gifts were very thoughtful from a remarkable man.
And he gave similar amounts to a number of other Toronto theatre companies.