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ANDERSEN, Earl Kenneth “Ken”

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 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,

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.

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  1. Hi-Lynne -condolences go out to you at this time -I hope you remember me ( I sure remember you as a beautiful lady and pleasant) as I drove an acid truck for Ken while we both worked for Dowell in Red Deer also you folks moved to Swift Current Sask,so did we.
    Where Ken was an engineer and proposing fracs for Mobile oil, at that time I was operating a cement truck for Dowell -I moved to Sherwood Park and ran Nitrogen trucks for Nowsco and did some consulting later on in life. I have been retired since 2009 and raise indoor compost worms and on my second marriage with Pat- Love to you all Mark Allen

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  2. Graham Campbell :

    Dear Colin and Family:

    We send our sincere sympathies to you and your family as you remember and celebrate the life of your father.

    Graham Campbell, Brigitte Svarich, Krystal Underhill
    Ottawa Office, Energy Council of Canada

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  3. Irene Mauricette :

    Dear Colin,
    You showed much strength and bravery in sharing your dad’s life experiences and struggles at one of our Town Halls – now I understand where your own tenacity comes from! Your Dad was a brave and gentle soul – now at peace, and an angel watching over you, your Mom, Lynne, Ron, Kirby, Zan, Ocean and Aria. Sincere condolences to the entire family. Please be assured that many thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love and abundant blessings,
    Irene and family

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  4. Margaret Russell :

    Dear Lynne, Colin, Kirby and family

    Our hearts are with you, so hard a time…

    Margaret, Bill and Family

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  5. Dear Andersens,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of our McDougall and Beaverbrook years, and I’m smiling at the thought of Ken and my dad discussing the possible need of a curfew for their teenagers during coffee time after church. Lynn, you and Ken were two parents I always admired – wise and dignified – and the parents of two sons who were and are creative, brave and very wise themselves. You are all in my thoughts.

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  6. Al & Colleen Nugent :

    Dear Lynne and family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Ken. Much as we hate to see our loved ones slowly fade away it is still hard to see them leave. My best memories of Ken are from the years I lived in Calgary. To me that is how Ken will always remain.
    Our sincere condolences to you and the family.
    Al & Colleen

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