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BILLINGHURST, Kenneth Albert

October 11, 1936 – October 17, 2011

The Billinghurst family regretfully announces the passing of Ken Billinghurst Sr. who died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, October 17, 2011 at the age of 75.

Ken is survived by his lovely wife June of 54 years and children Randy (Shelley), Debbie, Ken Jr. (Pam Pritchett) and Robin Dadswell (Stan Weir). Ken was predeceased by two brothers Alan and Paul and two sisters Donna Palmer and Bette Lachapelle.

Ken owned the Inner City Boxing Club in Calgary for over 30 years until retirement in 2002. Even in retirement Ken continued working in the sport he loved and assisted in the formation of the Chestermere Boxing Commission and the Taber Boxing Commission. He also worked as a consultant on several boxing shows throughout Alberta. Ken was inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1986, and leaves behind “A great legacy in the sport he loved”.

Although his accomplishments were many the greatest joy in Ken’s life were his grandchildren Amber, Chandler, Parker and Brooklyn.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Many thanks to Dr. Dennis Hayes and Cindy for their kind and loving care of Ken also thank you to Dr. Lau Oncologist and Associates.

In living memory of Ken Billinghurst, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Shirley Ingleton :

    Saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. My sincerest condolences to the family. A tree is a living memorial to one so loved by family and friends. May you fly with the angels, Ken.

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  2. June, Randy, Debbie, Kenny, Robin and Family: I was truly saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I hope that in time you will find solace and take comfort in each other and in your fond memories of your husband, father, and grandfather.
    God Bless.
    Teri Toovey

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  3. Joseph Kelly Sr. :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. As you know Ken was a very special person in my life. Nobody could be in Ken’s company and not feel better for the experience. Ken had a great sense of humour. On the car lot, Ken and I would spar every once in a while…actually he sparred, while I ducked. Ken adored you June. June, always charming, was our top skate instructor at our Hockey school. Ken was so proud of his children and grandchildren.
    God bless you on your loss. We will all feel a void.
    Sincerely,
    Joe Kelly Sr. and family

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  4. Bill and Sheila Clapham :

    Randy and all the family….
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed being around your Dad. We used to joke that he was born just two days after I was…..He would remind me that he was always younger.
    We’ll all miss him.

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  5. June, Randy, Ken, Robin and families:

    We were very sorry to learn of Ken’s passing. He was a very unique individual to say the very least. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time.

    Wayne and Heather Roberts

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  6. To June, Randy, Ken Jr., Debbie, Robin, and families.

    Sincerest condolences on the passing of Ken.
    Fond memories of all.

    Your Friend,
    Dan Butler

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  7. Marg Ingleton (nee Billinghurst) :

    We lost a great man and a wonderful brother. Ken, your strength, positivity, courage and kindness inspire us. We love you and thank you for your caring ways and will miss you always. We are comforted knowing that you’re now in the loving embrace of those that went before. Peace and love to June, Randy, Shelley, Debbie, Kenny, Pam, Robin, Stan and the grandkids. Your spirit lives on in them.

    Love from your sister and brother,
    .. Margie and Rick

    Also love from Bob, Danna and Theeus and the Ontario wing of the family; Chris & Nikki and Jason & Jane LaChappelle, Marie & Nick Jong, Kim & Peter Sledz, and the Gratrix, Hewitt and Boeding families.

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  8. Nancy Racette :

    I am so very sorry to hear of Coach passing. My thoughts are with you June and your children and grandchildren. The boxing world has lost one of the greatest!

    He taught me everything I know about boxing and I have fond fond memories of working club fights and training at InnerCity.

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  9. Doug Bolianatz :

    My condolences to the Billinghurst Family. Ken will be sadly missed by the Boxing World for sure. It was a pleasure knowing you Ken!

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  10. Sherman family :

    Our condolences and prayers to the Billinghurst family, Ken thanks for looking out for my son (Robert Jr) God Bless.

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  11. My sincerest condolences to Ken’s family. Trained with Ken in the early 90’s. I’ll never forget how accepting and kind he was to the shy, introverted teenager I was back then. That human spirit he had rings true for a great many people. Riding to fightshows in those huge caddies, hittin’ mits to that never ending bell timer. Vaseline up the nose and out to the ring with Ken. Always could hear his guidance through the nerves. Absolutely unforgettable. Thanks for everything Ken. You will be greatly missed

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  12. Pene Billinghurst :

    June, Randy, Shelley, Debbie, Kenny, Pam, Robin, Stan and the grandchildren, Dean, Joshua, Rick and all of us send our condolences with heavy hearts, Kenny will be sadly missed and never forgotten.

    May he rest in peace.

    Pene Billinghurst
    Sister in law to June and Ken.

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  13. Steve, Lesley and Evan Plant :

    To June, Randy (RB) and the whole Billinghurst clan. So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Our family is thinking of you all at this time.

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  14. I am sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to Ken when I saw him. He was a good man.

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  15. Jack MacDonald :

    June and family,

    Sorry I couldn’t make the farewell but wanted to send along condolences to the family. I will never forget those wonderful fun days of the 80’s when Ken and others made boxing one of the more enjoyable scenes for a young sportscaster. We had some great times. Best wishes to the Billinghurst clan

    Jack Mac

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  16. Franco Disciglio, D.D. :

    June and family.

    On behalf of myself and the staff of the Calgary Denture Clinic, we would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. May the happy memories you shared help to sustain you through the days and weeks ahead. Our thoughts are with you.
    Regards,
    Franco, Delaine, Diane and Daniel.

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  17. RIP Ken, my old friend.
    -Huggie

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  18. Colleen Potter :

    My deepest condolences and sending love and light.. June or Robin, if you read this please contact me … I miss you soo much… And Ken is greatly missed as well… <3

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  19. Shane Cormier :

    Love you Coach

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