May 18, 1938 – Edmonton AB
July 11, 2014 – Calgary AB
Ken Andersen of Calgary passed away peacefully on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the age of 76.
Ken was known for his quiet sense of humour and the ever-present twinkle in his eye. He was much admired for the bravery and strength he persistently showed in doggedly fighting his battles with Clinical Bipolar Depression, Crohn’s disease, and Parkinsons, and the aftermath of being the victim of two devastating car accidents which left him unable to continue his career as a Mining Engineer with Dowell. Ken loved the outdoors, downhill skiing, curling, golf, and, in his university years at U of A with best buddy Paul, taking on the professors in badminton and skipping classes to play bridge. Throughout his life, airplanes, WWII history, classical music and movie musicals were an enjoyment. He was an enthusiastic docent at the Glenbow Museum and delighted in friends and family travels to Radium, England, Mexico, Ontario and Rome. In his latter years, walks with dog Mandy and “shrimp with tomato on sizzling rice” always brought that gentle smile to his face.
Ken is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Lynne; sons Colin and Kirby and their partners Ron and Zan; sisters Lynne and Arlene; grandchildren Ocean and Aria and an abundance of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A heartfelt thank you to the kind and caring staff of Garrison Green, 4th floor, for making Ken feel safe, secure and well cared for.
A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with remarks at 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ken’s memory to charities overcoming the stigma of mental illness and promoting awareness and understanding, such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, Suite #400, 105 – 12th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A1 Telephone: (403) 297 – 1700, www.cmha.ca/get-involved/donate.
In living memory of Ken Andersen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences