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CROOKS, Kenneth (Ken) James

February 27, 1930 – November 27, 2012

Kenneth (Ken) James Crooks beloved husband of Sylvia of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the age of 82 years.

Born in London, England on February 27, 1930, he immigrated to Canada at the age of 23 and passionately embraced the Canadian way of life. Ken lived many years in St. Albert and moved to Calgary in 1984. He worked for Imperial Oil for twenty-six years and retired in 1986 when he enjoyed an active retirement. Ken was known for his optimism, witty sense of humour, and enjoyed people from all walks of life. He was actively involved with the Liberal party and was president of three Liberal constituencies. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed friends, good food and music, particularly blues and jazz.

Ken is survived by his wife Sylvia, the love of his life, and his children Vincent Crooks, Margolee Horn, Tracee (Ken) Vickerman, Lauren Crooks, Scott Marshall, and Liane (Chuck) Wittmann; nine grandchildren, Ryan (Dana), Kelsey, Adam, Dillon, Emily, Jenine, Jessica, Samara and Marshall; one great-granddaughter Bari; sister Alannah (Grant) LaMothe; brother Brian Crooks; and many friends. Ken was predeceased by his parents Ivy Merrell and Reuben Crooks. Ken was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A special thank you to the staff at the Chinook Care Centre in Calgary for their loving care and support.

In living memory of Ken Crooks, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Lyn (Barney) Barnaby :

    I was sorry to read about the passing of your beloved Ken. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Its a hard time to go through but that too will pass. You will always miss him and life will seem so empty, but I am glad you have lots of family for support. All my love. Barney Barnaby

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  2. Alannah LaMothe (sister) :

    Wish I were with you all at this time. Family is a comfort at this time. I miss you all, particularly knowing my brother Ken will not be there in person. I know he is with you in thought and spirit as he is with me.

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  3. Through my friendship with the family, I know Ken was a loving, generous, supportive and proud father, husband and brother. In my (too few) meetings with him, I was engaged by a handsome and classy gentleman, with intelligence, wit, humour and charm, who expressed a genuine interest in people. His lasting gifts are a consistent example of virtuous character and many fond memories. Relieved of mortal limitations, he enjoys everlasting happy life, at peace in the presence of the Lord. May the family find comfort in this, and accept my deep condolences.

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  4. Sylvia, Vince, Margolee, Laurie & Scott, Tracee & Ken, Liane & Chuck, my heart goes out to you with the loss of your husband, father & father-in-law. I will always have such fond memories of Uncle Ken! Love Kerry

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  5. Vicky Jingling :

    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God be with you.
    Love Vicky Jingling

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