McInnis & Holloway
Funeral Homes

McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes
“The opportunity to serve” is the highest compliment
McInnis & Holloway could receive.
Call (403) 243-8200 or 1-800-661-1599

GILLESPIE, Kenneth Raymond

August 20, 1925 – March 9, 2013

Kenneth Raymond Gillespie of Calgary, quietly left us in the early morning of Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

Kenneth Raymond Gillespie was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 20, 1925 to Marie and Cecil Gillespie, the eldest of eight children. Ken completed his civil engineering degree and later his geotechnical masters program. Ken joined the Canadian Military in 1950, where he would serve at home and abroad with the United Nations force to the Gaza Strip during the Suez Middle East Crisis. Ken met, courted and married Dorothy White on June 29, 1963. In 1968, Ken joined the Calgary engineering firm Ripley Klohn & Leonoff and would remain with them until his retirement in 1990.

Ken led a very busy and active life, loved his world travel and his many trips to the Maritimes embracing his Eastern heritage. Ken was an avid golfer, loved cross-country and downhill skiing and many years hiking in his much loved mountains. In quieter times, Ken was an avid reader, with a passion for fine wines and shared conversation over good food with friends and family, rarely missing family get-togethers, even when his health began to fail.

Kenneth is lovingly remembered by his siblings all living in Eastern Canada: Joan MacIssac, Leonard (Mary) Gillespie, Mary (Rene) Hebert, Lawrence (Alva) Gillespie, Neil (Lorraine) Gillespie, Elaine (Tibor) Hary, John (Maureen) Gillespie; and by his loving sister-in-law Ilene (Bill) Bachewich of Turner Valley; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friend Irene Higa of Pincher Creek. He was welcomed into the loving arms of his wife Dorothy Kathleen (nee White) who left us ten years ago. Kenneth was predeceased by his parents Cecil and Marie (nee Von Zuben) Gillespie in 1959 and 1954.

A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Ken will be laid to rest with his wife Dorothy Kathleen in Innisfail, Alberta. Forward condolences through The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the dedicated staff at Intercare Southwood Hospice for the kind loving care and support provided to Kenneth Gillespie and his family.

In living memory of Kenneth Gillespie, 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.

Offer Condolence for the family of GILLESPIE, Kenneth Raymond

Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Condolence Messages

  1. Pinebrook Golf & Country Club :

    On behalf of Pinebrook Golf & Country Club, our sincerest condolences. Kenneth will be greatly missed.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  2. Jim Campbell :

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ken. We all will miss him so very much.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  3. Ray and Carrie Anne MacIsaac :

    It is with heavy heart that I offer our condolences on the loss of my Uncle Ken. A gracious and gentle man, we did not get to spend as much time toghether as I would have liked, but he and Dorothy would always make the effort to visit the east coast. Irene continued that tradition as well and it was always appreciated. The 1996 Gillespie reunion in Fall River, NS is one of those times that stands out for me. Godspeed Ken, fondly remembered, not soon forgotten.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  4. AL and Marg Curley :

    I will miss Ken greatly. His kind and gentle greeting was always there. His patience in caring for Dorothy was remarkable. He was truly a great guy. He will be missed by family members.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  5. My husband Peter and I were friends of Ken and Dorothy’s for many years through P.E.G.G. Women’s bridge. Since Dorothy’s death I’ve kept in touch with Ken skiing or playing bridge. I wish I could attend the funeral but I have a ski trip to Jasper leaving Monday.I just wanted his family to know.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  6. John and Marti Maher,
    Ken will be greatly missed at Pinebrook where he was an avid golfer and helped on many engineering projects. He and Dorothy had many friends at Pinebrook for golf and bridge. He had a perfect attitude for golf and was always fun to play with.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  7. Joan MacIsaac and family :

    Ken’s family in the East join his family in the West with our Love and Prayers as we bid farewell to our ‘Big Brother’. He will always remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace.
    Lovingly, sister Joan and her family, Ellen, John, Theresa, Larry, Raymond and their spouses, and eleven grandchildren

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Leave Your Condolence


In order to confirm this has been completed by a human, kindly answer the below equation. *