Hiram Jefferson (Jr.) DOCKRAY

Hiram Jefferson (Jr.) DOCKRAY

1943 – 2015

Hiram, also known by “Doc” or “Kayo” by friends, passed away unexpectedly at home Monday, December 28th. He is survived by his partner Renee Tait, sister Dixie Dockray, niece Angela Thomson and nephew Daron Rude. Kayo was born at Fort Stanton, New Mexico. He, his sister and parents emigrated to Canada in 1954 settling in the Cariboo. Most of his schooling was in Quesnel and Prince George, where he eventually moved to in the early 1960’s. Kayo took a keen interest in the military, joining cadets at an early age. At the same time he learned the bagpipes which he avidly played for most of his life. He was a keen outdoorsman in his youth, hiking, trail riding, canoeing and camping through much of the interior and northern BC. Hiram successfully took his apprenticeship as a heavy duty mechanic, as well as a small engine mechanic and worked for the railway and Baldy Hughes Radar Station, to name a few. He also owned a motor cycle repair shop. Motor cycles, racing and riding were a big part of his life. His other passion starting at an early age was art. He attended Emily Carr School of Art and was an accomplished cartoonist, illustrator, painter and teacher.

In 2000, Hiram moved to Oliver to be closer to his father. After a couple of years he moved to Penticton. He was actively involved in a number of service clubs and associations.

All his life Kayo had an insatiable appetite for knowledge. It didn’t matter what subject, he soaked it up like a sponge. All his friends and family remember his ability to talk about almost anything, the more esoteric the better. Many have asked a question or had a discussion and have walked away with enough facts and figures to last a lifetime. But that was Kayo in a nutshell. He will be missed.

The family thanks the emergency personnel that responded.

A celebration of Hiram’s life will be held at a later date.

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