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May 29, 1931 – Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
March 8, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Lt. Colonel Kenneth Holbrook beloved husband of Esther of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the age of 82 years.

Kenneth was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1948. He was commissioned as a Salvation Army Officer in 1954, serving forty-two years as a pastor and in administrative work for the Salvation Army. Following his retirement, he was involved in bible studies and senior groups.

Throughout his life, Kenneth often looked to Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife Esther  Holbrook (nee Knowles); son Gregory Holbrook (Pam) and their children Janelle Holbrook and Teryn Scobie (Gord), and great-granddaughter Karmen; son Stephen Holbrook (Sharon) and their children Krysta and Megan; and sister Major Mavis Reid (Jim). He was predeceased by his brother Bruce Holbrook; sister-in-law Fran; and his parents Eneas and Elsie (nee Evans) Holbrook.

A Memorial Service celebrating Kenneth’s life will be held at the Salvation Army Glenmore Temple (921 – 68 Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588, Kenneth’s family will always be grateful for the exceptional care and kindness of Dr. Sharma and the staff at Agapé Hospice, and wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Shirley Traynor and the Calgary Home Care staff. Appreciation is also extended to the Glenmore Temple family and friends for their caring and loving support.

In living memory of Kenneth Holbrook, 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. Margaret and Glenn Scobie :

    Sorry for hearing of your dad’s passing Greg. Give Esther a hug from us, she must be feeling very lost.
    Marg and Glenn

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  2. Colleen Riley :

    My thoughts of sympathy go out to Mrs. Holbrook, Greg, Pam, Steven, Sharon and families. An empty space will be felt in the Holbrook family as I’m sure it will in the Salvation Army family as well. You have many memories to reflect on into the future. Cherish your time together now as you celebrate his life and his many accomplishments. He was a very distinguished man. May he rest in peace.

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  3. Darlene Babcox, (Holbrook) :

    Aunt Esther, Greg, Steve and families you are is in our heats and prayers at this very sad time. Sorry we can not be there for the service.
    Darlene, Steve and children.

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  4. Jean & Lorne Beynon :

    Dear Mrs. Holbrook We are so sorry to hear of the Lt. Col’s passing . It has been a long time since you where here in Owen Sound but we never forget the part that you folks played in our lives . We think of you and the boys often and thank God for the people He allows in our lives for however short that time may be . Time passes on and we lose touch but there always in a warm spot for special people who touch the heart . Give our love to Greg and Steve and their families . Love And Prayers Jean & Lorne Beynon

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  5. Gord and Ethel Mundy :

    We were very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We remember him many years ago as our Corps Officer at Etobicoke Temple. Gord appreciated Ken’s 100% support as Gord managed the Hockey Team. Ethel enjoyed working with Ken in the church office. He was a wonderful, kind, Christian man. May the God of all comfort, comfort Esther and the family in these days of sorrow, loss and loneliness.

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  6. Grant & Lauren Effer :

    On behalf of Sidney Effer and ourselves we offer our deepest sympathy to the whole family as you take this journey of sorrow, loss and grief. Dad has special memories of Ken & Esther in Sudbury and throughout the years. We also have good memories of Ken including our most recent time with him at Agape where he imparted words of wisdom and shared His deep love for the Lord. May you feel our sovereign God’s great embrace of compassion and love. Hugs and prayers Sid, Grant & Lauren

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  7. Crysta Myrie :

    Dear Esther:
    I have wonderful memories of our years serving together in the SA. I am very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Praying for you, Gregory, Stephen and all your family.

    Shirley Porter and family

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  8. Bev Vanderende (Holbrook) :

    Aunt Esther, Greg, Stephen and families:
    Sorry to hear of Uncle Ken’s passing. I have many fond memories of spending time with your family. Thinking of you at this very sad time.

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  9. Lynn and Trevor Clark :

    Dear Mrs. Holbrook and Family
    We have just heard the very sad news of Colonel’s passing and want to extend our sincere condolences. Colonel was a true man of God and a wonderful example to a couple of newly commissioned officers just starting out! What precious memories we have of our time in the Ontario West and Ontario GTA Divisions sharing in ministry and many happy times together. He was never too busy to offer words of wisdom or to share a laugh and we appreciated you both so much. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.
    Lynn and Trevor Clark

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