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Born: Feb 18, 1950

Date of Passing: May 24, 2022

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Kenneth Lorne Cassin passed peacefully, May 24, 2022 in palliative care at Riverview Health Centre.
Born February 18, 1950, in Dauphin, Manitoba to Lorne and Audrey Cassin, Ken was devoted to family and friends, with a simple life aim – to make others happy. He had a special place in his heart for his grandson and doted on his young granddaughter. With his sunny personality and infectious sense of humour, Ken valued small and large acts of courage and contribution that made the world a better place.
Ken married Denise (nee La Freniere) and embraced her large extended family. They loved one another and parenting their two daughters. King of the corny joke, Ken enjoyed barbeques with family and friends while wearing ball caps and T-shirts from his prize collection. Ken, an avid golfer with his brother-in-law Paul, enjoyed the companionship of his brother-in-law Mark.
Academically and professionally, Ken excelled. After graduating with a BA in economics, Ken joined the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation, where, as part of a highly creative group, he worked to build accessible, reliable, dignified, and affordable public housing. Ken later joined the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD) as a program manager. He completed his career as Executive Director of Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc., where he built two award winning housing developments: Place Bertrand and Place La Charrette.
Ken is survived by his loving daughters Jennifer (Joel McInnes), and Amanda (Scott Sherrett) and grandchildren Jack and Aubrey Sherrett, and his sister Marguerite. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Denise in 2006.
Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday May 29, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., Desjardins Funeral Home, 357 Des Muerons Street
Donations in lieu of flowers, Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc., Kidney Foundation, or CancerCare Manitoba.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 28, 2022

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Ken is among the nicest people I have known. A baseball fanatic, his head for obscure facts and statistics. There many funny moments like his car trouble stories (he bravely owned a FIAT 128 coupe.) At Manitoba Housing, he connected with future wife, Denise. Their courtship was closely followed and hilarious. - Posted by: Julian Isitt (Colleague at MHRC) on: Jul 31, 2022

  • I will always think of Ken, as being a truly nice person. Always smiling, always corny humour. I worked for Ken at Manitoba Housing in the 1980s and he was a great boss, and fun to be round. Later, our paths crossed again a number of times, and he was the same happy guy! My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Richard Kachur (Friend) on: Jun 12, 2022

  • Ken and I were friends and classmates while growing up in Dauphin. He was a great guy, so it's no surprise to read how he lived as an adult. Please accept my condolences. - Posted by: Darcy Clarkson (Friend from Dauphin) on: May 30, 2022

  • Jennifer and Amanda, we send our deepest sympathies to you and your families. Ken was always a gracious host when we visited Winnipeg. Great cook and always happy and smiling. We will remember his vast record collection and music playing in your home. Our thoughts are with you. So glad he was part of our family ❤️. - Posted by: Roy & Denise Dullum (Cousin in law) on: May 29, 2022

  • Kenny was an original member of the Touring All-Stars slo-pitch team, who is remembered as the best type of teammate to have: always fun and supportive. Some of us also remember our hockey games first at the Dutton Arena and then at the River Heights Community Club. Rest in peace, old friend. - Posted by: Kent Morgan (Friend and Teammate) on: May 29, 2022

  • My condolences to all of Ken’s family at the loss of a father, grandfather and such a wonderful human being. I knew Ken as an accomplished, humble person who found a way to respect each individual he met. And, I believe Ken represented the best humanity has to offer, Rest In Peace old friend. - Posted by: Ray Fulford (Friend, I met ken while working at SMD.) on: May 28, 2022

  • We loved Ken! He was a wonderful neighbor and friend from our little circle at McMurray Bay. He was a loving husband, dad and grandpa. We still miss Denise and will miss Ken but hope those two hook up again. There will be much hugs and laughter up above. To Ken's family, so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Karen, Robin and family Carruthers (Friend neighbor) on: May 28, 2022

  • Had an opportunity to work with Ken in support of SMD... we assisted with The Seniors on the Run fundraiser and traveled with a group of Seniors who ran from Winnipeg to Thompson in relay... had a chance to know Ken and he was the kindest and warmest person I ever met. I feel a deep loss at his passing.... - Posted by: John Friess (Friend) on: May 28, 2022

  • Ken was a very special man to put up with all of us. He always called Denise his "Sweet". He was so proud of us as we made and carried our war protest signs back in the early 2000's. Ken and Denise are once again together as they should be. Much love Kim - Posted by: Kim Georgison (Friend) on: May 28, 2022

  • Ken was my boss during summer jobs at MB Housing's Planning Div. in 1985-86. He also gave me helpful advice when I was working on my MA thesis. When I joined CMHC in 1987, we collaborated on affordable housing projects that also involved the City of Winnipeg. I will always remember his delicious sense of humor. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Richard Goatcher (Former colleague ) on: May 28, 2022

  • Jen & Joel, my deepest condolences on your loss. Find comfort in all the wonderful memories that you have.. they last a lifetime. Thinking of you. - Posted by: Cam Moskal (Friend of Jen & Joel) on: May 28, 2022

  • My condolences to Marguerite and Kens family...I remember many days visiting with you both in Dauphin and Winnipeg...May Ken Rest in Eternal Peace - Posted by: D.T.Cassin (Cousin) on: May 28, 2022

  • The world has lost a beautiful person. KEN is Together with his sweet Denise again❤️ Deepest condolences to Ken's family and extended family. He sure will be missed - Posted by: Joanna and Peter Poles (Friend) on: May 28, 2022

  • Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Ken’s family on the loss of this very special man; he fought long against the horrible disease that took him too soon. I worked for Ken during his Manitoba Housing days, and my husband Gary continued his working relationship with Ken through Ten Ten Sinclair. His unique sense of humour, and sincere compassion for all, will always be remembered with a smile. Rest In Peace, Ken. Sherry and Gary Julius - Posted by: Sherry Julius (Friend and former colleague) on: May 28, 2022

  • Always a blow to open the paper and see the face of a childhood friend. Ken and I were pals during school days walking North to the elementary then South to the high school in Dauphin. Some mornings we shared a cigarette that I had purloined from my Dad's pack. We were friends for ten years then after school I did not see him for until a reunion, about 87, and then again it has been a long time That said, as I think about him today, I can hear his voice, his goofy jokes and see the ever present smile. Kenny was one of the good ones and I hope his demise was peaceful. So long old friend, RIP - Posted by: John Zaplitny (Friend) on: May 28, 2022

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