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d’ALBENAS – Kenneth Ernest

September 28, 1952 – September 1, 2010

 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ken d’Albenas on Wednesday September 1, 2010.

 If there is such a thing as a good death, Ken had one. He died very quickly of a massive heart attack at the age of 57. He passed away in his favourite place doing what he loved – hiking in the mountains.

 Ken was the beloved son of Leonard Henry and Clara Margaret d’Albenas. Ken was born in Lachine Quebec on September 28, 1952.

 Ken is described by his friends as “an extraordinary friend and scout leader”, “can’t think of a better person in this world than Ken d’Albenas”, “I loved him, and he’s gone; and the world is not the place it was on Tuesday”, “miss you so much bear whisperer”. He enjoyed helping others (especially youth), and did volunteer work with many local organizations such as the YMCA and Scouts Canada. His enthusiasm, intelligence, goodness, and sense of humour will be missed. Ken graduated from McGill, majoring in psychology and math, and later moved to Calgary in 1980 and received a degree from the University of Calgary in Geology and Geophysics. He became a technical write and editor, worked in geomodeling and software technical support, and as a geophysicist. He was a former member of the Calgary Ski Club and active member of the Society for Technical Communication.

 Ken is survived by his Mother; brother Don d’Albenas; nephew Shawn d’Albenas; Uncle Jim d’Albenas and his aunt Sandy and their children as well as Aunt Lily and her children.

 We invite everyone who knew Ken to a celebration of his life with a gathering of friends and family at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00p.m.

 In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.

 You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

 In living memory of Ken, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.  Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. James McCormick :

    Ken’s efforts on behalf of the memberships of the Society for Technical Communication were prodigious and much appreciated. Without his commitment, and that of a handful of dedicated volunteers, the organization wouldn’t flourish. He will be missed and I’ll be making a donation in his name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. My condolences on your family’s loss.

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  2. Please accept my condolences on Ken’s passing. I knew Ken from my time in Scouts with the Arbour Lake 245 group. I even worked with Ken for a short time when he was technical writing for us. Ken was always a ray of sunshine. His cheerful nature, enthusiasm and zest for life was incredible. Ken was a wonderful human being – he will be missed.

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  3. Clara, Don & Family
    I worked at Auto-trol while Ken served as their technical writer, and couldn’t have said it any better than one of his friends said.. “the world is not the place it was”. I’m deeply saddened by the news.
    My sincere condolences,
    Ken Clark

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  4. I was Ken’s apartment mate in Montreal during the 1975-76 academic year at McGill. Ken was president of the McGill Debating Union during that year, and I was also an officer. We spent a lot of time together — at home, on the road, in our offices in the student union, and playing ‘Star Trek’ in the McGill computer lab. We had our share of disagreements, but we also developed a lasting friendship. We didn’t see one another more than a couple of times after we graduated from McGill, but we stayed in touch over the years through email and holiday cards. Ken was a wonderful man and I considered him a good friend, even from a great distance. My thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends.

    Jon Carlson
    Iowa City, Iowa

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  5. Lindsay Walker and the YMCA :

    Ken was a great person to have at the Y. He was very friendly with the other staff and volunteers. He started volunteering many years ago but just recently started coordinating the other volunteers. We were grateful for all of the effort he put into this project. His witty humor and toothy grin will be missed.

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  6. My name is Lori & Ken played on our volleyball team for years. I stopped playing in 2007 due to an illness. We stayed in touch, but didn’t see each other on a regular basis. However, I was planning on returning to volleyball this fall & was looking forward to enjoying his company on a more regular basis again. My heart & sympathy goes out to all of you, his family, especially his Mom. He would always let me know when he was flying out to Montreal to see her & let me how his Mom was doing when he got back. I will truly miss Ken. He was one of those rare people who gave of himself without asking anything in return, except maybe a hug. He tutored my youngest son in math(G10) & physics(G11) and gave both my sons periodic jobs as surveying helpers a few years ago. If he had to go, I’m am so happy he went with his boots on figuratively & literally.

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  7. Worked with Ken about 5 years at Paradigm Geophysical and Devon Canada. We spend alot of time comisserating about technical/user problems, politics & sports. But he was always a kid enjoying hiking and out cycling trip to the Gulf Islands. He was a good friend I could relate to.

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