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Date of Passing: Apr 12, 2020

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It is with deep sadness our family would like to announce that on Sunday, April 12, 2020, after a short battle with cancer, Ken passed away peacefully at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, at the age of 65.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Charlene, son Brent (Sarah) and daughter Tracy (Mike) Martin. He was grandpa to Anna, Emma, Andrew, Hailey and Carly who were the light of his life. Also mourning his loss are his brother Ed (Judy) of Calgary; brothers-in-law, David (Joan), Dennis (Cheryl) and Paul (Sharon); numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Don and Joan.
Ken grew up in Fort Garry where he attended elementary, junior and high school. He went on to attain a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and became a Chartered Accountant while articling with Price Waterhouse. In 1980 he moved to Wawanesa Insurance holding various management positions in both the Life and Mutual Insurance Companies. He retired as President and CEO in June of 2014 after 34 years with a company that he was most proud of. In recent years, Ken became a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, realizing the very important work they do in our community.
Ken was always an active individual. In his younger years, he played hockey and baseball at the Westridge Community Club and curled for many years at the Pembina Curling Club. Ken loved to spend time at the family cabin in "sunny Woodridge" snowmobiling and quadding with family and friends, or just sitting on the deck reading a good book with a glass of scotch. He always had time to drive his grandkids to the store on the rhino to look for trains ("choo-choos") and to get treats! His favourite thing to do was be a grandpa; he had a quiet love for each of his grandkids. Ken enjoyed travelling whether by car, train, ship or plane. Most recently he and Charlene took a driving trip through England, Ireland and Scotland with Ed and Judy. Ed the driver, Ken the navigator - what a ride! He liked organizing and planning the trips as well, always planning the next trip before leaving on the first. He and Charlene loved to cruise whether alone or with family. He was a huge NASCAR fan and attended many races, some with former co-workers and business associates who became valued friends.
Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone at CancerCare Manitoba, the Health Sciences Centre, and the St. Boniface Hospital who took care of Ken's needs over the past two months. We would also like to thank the many family and friends who kept him in their thoughts and prayers as well.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity Manitoba, 60 Archibald Street, Winnipeg, MB R2J 0V8 or to a charity of your choice.
In light of recent world health events a celebration of Ken's life will be held at a later date. Details will be published in this paper. We hope you will be able to join us at that time.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I am sending my most sincere sympathy to Charlene and family for the loss of Ken. I met Ken in the early 80's when I started working at Wawanesa. Back then, we had a company curling league and Ken was my skip one season. We had a lot of fun. As the years went by, Ken would always take the time to say hello. You will be missed skipper. - Posted by: Theresa Brown (co-worker) on: Apr 20, 2020

  • I met Ken in 1980 while we were both at Wawanesa. Over the next 34 years, I worked with or for him and I can say that he was a shining example of an "authentic leader". There were no airs about Ken. He challenged me and many others to do our very best. He had clarity of the company vision and values and communicated those very well. He was also able to just "get things done". In his words, he "worked HARD, worked SMART and was HUMBLE". I am honoured and privileged to have known Ken. I am pleased we were able to remain friends during our retirements the past five years. To Charlene and Family, Ken left you way too soon. We are so sorry for your loss. - Tracy and Frank - Posted by: Tracy Nelson (Colleague and friend) on: Apr 18, 2020

  • Charlene, Brent, Tracy and families, We were so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. He always had a smile for you and was always happy to see us. He surely left this world on angel's wings and is in God's loving arms now. Wish we could give you all a big hug,and hoping all your happy memories will help ease the pain you are feeling right now. Our sincerest sympathies, Reg, Brenda, Milaini & Casey Bresch - Posted by: Reg & Brenda Bresch (Friends and longtime neighbours) on: Apr 18, 2020

  • What I shock to learn of Ken's passing from my sister-in-law who still lives in Winnipeg. Ken and I articled together at Price Waterhouse where we become much more than work colleagues; we became close friends. I can honestly say Ken was instrumental in my passing the CA exams - I literally rode his coat tails, following his lead on what topics to study, working through practice questions, as well as keeping things grounded with the odd beverage. Ken was so smart but so modest. Ken and I shared a love of curling and played together at the Pembina Club with his brother Ed until I moved to Vancouver in 1980. We kept in touch for many years after I left Winnipeg, and our family would get together with Ken and Charlene when we passed through town. As is often the case we eventually lost touch, but I continued to follow his career with pride. We have always had our insurance with Wawanesa, and when we had a major claim from a sewer backup, I thought if the claim process went badly, I would pull the "I know the President card." Of course that wasn't necessary as the claim was handled quickly and professionally. I would like to think that was due to the leadership and sense of integrity that Ken instilled in his team. Phil Greer Calgary - Posted by: Phil Greer (Friend) on: Apr 18, 2020

  • I was sad to see news of Ken's passing this morning. Ken and I go way back to high school at VMC in Ft Garry. He and I were real classic car guys. Along with a few others, we used to hang out and work on our cars. Ken's gleaming white 1964 Malibu SS was always one of the nicest. Very clean, very tasteful, yet done without extravagance and excess. And it was pretty fast, too! Ken was a very skilled, albeit self-taught mechanic. Our hang-outs were at the Pony or McDonalds Pembina, Southwood Chev, or the long-gone John D. Oil gas station at the corner of Waterford & Pembina. Those were really great times. I had only seen Ken a few times in the last number of years...usually bumping into him downtown near his office. I will miss Ken. My sincere condolences to Charlene and his immediate and extended family. - Posted by: David Dirks (Long time friend) on: Apr 18, 2020

  • To Charlene, Brent, Tracy and your families: From all of us in the Scott and Suderman family, our condolences and hope that you find peace and strength in the wonderful memories you have of Ken. Our thoughts are with you through this difficult time. - Posted by: Kathy Suderman (Old friend) on: Apr 18, 2020

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