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SANGSTER, James Kenneth ‘Ken’

1931 – 2015

Ken Sangster, beloved husband of the late Gertrude Trotman, passed away at his home on February 19, 2015 at the age of 84 years.

Ken had wonderful memories of his time with family and friends, growing up in Redcliff, Alberta. He was proud to be an officer of the Canadian Armed Forces and serve his country. The adventure of military service took Ken across Canada, Korea, the Middle East, and Germany. A highlight of his career was serving as the Canadian Liaison Officer to the United States Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After retiring from military service, he enjoyed a second career with the Calgary Police Commission. Ken had a passion for rich debate and brought joy to all those around him with his wonderful and often humorous stories of his life. Ken could always be counted on to be the life of the party. Although he loved traveling the world, the trips he loved most were with family. Ken was a dedicated and proud granddad. He could not refrain from telling anyone and everyone about his amazing grandchildren. Family was central to his world. Ken felt blessed by the extensive group of friends he cultivate including his friends from the Redcliff Recall, the gang at South Center, Probus, the congregation at St. Andrews and his dear friends at The Manor at Garrison Woods. Ken will be remembered fondly for his unconditional love and support, his integrity, strength, tenacity, loyalty, positive nature, humour and quick wit.

He is greatly missed by his daughters and their husbands, Leslie and Bob Riley, Laurie and Joseph Hickey, and Jeannie and Richard Everett. He is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Kristen Hickey, Brandon Hickey, and Jamie Everett. Ken held a special place in his heart for Richard’s daughters, Michelle Faunt and her husband Todd and Cheralyn Doell and her husband Allen and their families. Ken was a loving husband, father, granddad, brother, uncle, and trusted friend. His thoughtful, kind ways and quick wit will be missed by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Jim Trotman, Bryan Targett, Doreen Sangster and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Cecil and Donald and his wife Evelyn Sangster and his sister, Elaine Targett.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive S.W.) on Thursday February 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112,

In living memory of Ken Sangster, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Stan and Jenny Sundquist :

    Jeannie, Richard and Family
    Sorry to hear about your loss and our condolences go out to you and your family. We were fortunate to have met Ken and will always remember his love for life and charismatic nature. One great Santa Claus!

    Stan and Jenny Sundquist

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  2. To the Sangster Family:
    My sincere condolences at the loss of Ken. I worked at Garrison Manor Reception until last June and it was working there that I got to meet Ken. He certainly made my day whenever he got off the elevator and gave me that huge smile. What a fella! He was truly an incredible man with always a joke or something positive to say.
    God Bless you all.

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  3. Dave and Sue Targett :

    Ken will be missed by a lot of people. He was a smart, entertaining person who could always make people laugh. He was the fun uncle, and we will always remember him.

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  4. Kristy Maretzki :

    So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. My condolences to Jeannie, Richard and Jamie. I became acquainted with Ken when Jamie and my son Aaron were in grade school. We spent time volunteering for school outings and Ken kept me well entertained, always looking for a cup of coffee and time to share a story and a chuckle. I know I don’t have to tell you how much he loved his three girls and his wife Gert but his stories were a testament to this love. As for the Grandchildren – well, they were his pride and joy. It was a privilege to have known Ken.

    -Rest in peace my friend.

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  5. Gerry and Beverly Berkhold :

    Dear Jeannie:

    It was with sadness that I learned of your Father’s passing. He was a fine man and I always much enjoyed his company. He certainly was a “proud son” of Redcliff.

    I have taken the liberty of sending a special memorial donation to the Redcliff Scholarships for Advanced Education. I think this is appropriate given the Sangster family’s long and valued contribution to education – especially in Redcliff.

    Please convey the condolences of my wife Beverly and I to your sisters, and members of their families. We will be joining you at the service on Thursday.

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  6. Alison and John Goodman :

    Uncle Ken was a great storyteller and a caring man. We so enjoyed his visits to our farm. He had a connection to our rural community and we learned so much.
    He phoned to wish me a Happy 65th birthday in December and added some humorous comments about me becoming a senior citizen. We will miss him so much!
    Alison, John, Trevor and Jessica Goodman

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  7. Barry and Carol Ashton :

    To the Sangster family,
    Carol and I offer our heartfelt condolences on your great loss. Ken was a man of the highest integrity. I was honoured to have served with him and to have been a member of the Probus Club of Calgary at his side. He has joined Gertrude and will forever remain in our hearts.
    Best regards,
    Barry Ashton

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  8. Gloria and Omer Doiron :

    We are so sorry for your loss! We met Ken when he came to visit Laurie and her family on PEI. We really enjoyed having him over for dinner. He had so many stories to share and told them with such humour. Laurie and Joe were so good to show him life on PEI and I especially remember when he visited our cottage and met my whole family. We were blessed to have known such a positive person!
    Best regards,
    Gloria and Omer

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  9. Sandra Barnaby :

    Dear Jeannie,Laurie, Leslie and family,
    It was with surprise and sadness when I heard of your Dad’s passing. As I read the beautifully written words in his obituary, I was reminded that his life was a life well lived! I chuckled to myself when I remembered Mr. Sangster (as I will always think of him) whispering to me that he should have thrown me out of the car all those years ago when he gave me a ride to Central so I wouldn’t have been able to introduce Laurie to Joe and have her move away from Calgary. Your Dad truly had a great sense of humour. It was very special for me to celebrate Ken’s birthday with all of you in what seems like just a little while ago.
    I am sorry I won’t be able to be there on Thursday to celebrate his life. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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  10. Jayne, Brent and Ainsley MacDougall :

    Laurie, Joe and Family
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Ken. We had the pleasure of meeting Ken several times when he visited PEI. He enjoyed life to the fullest and was a joy to have as a guest in our home. He was smart and had a wonderful sense of humour. We know he will be greatly missed by all family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Take care,
    Jayne, Brent and Ainsley MacDougall

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  11. email to David Thomson, Toronto

    Attached is a copy of Ken Sangster’s obituary. Ken was always proud of his early years in Redcliff, and the Sangster connection to the town.

    Ken asked about you from time to time, and thought you were a “fine young boy” and “a really good young paper boy”.

    Also, thanks for your most recent contribution to the Redcliff Scholarships for Advanced Education. I hope to be sending out update information soon.

    Best regards,

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  12. To the Sangster family:

    My most sincere condolences. I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how special Ken was. He truly had the best ability to brighten everyone’s day every single day. His jokes and many stories were enjoyed and his smile was absolutely contagious.
    Ken influenced many of us with his positivity and consistent happy mood. It was a privilege knowing him, and he will be greatly missed.

    Many blessings,

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  13. I had the pleasure of working with Ken at the Manor. Ken was such a ray of sunshine here. I looked forward to seeing him around the halls and hearing his trade mark jokes and humour. There wasn’t a day that went by without Ken dropping by for some fun (usually at my expense) but always in a kind hearted way. Ken will be greatly missed.

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  14. To the Sangster Family,
    I met Mr. Sangster when I first came to Calgary in the late 1970’s starting my legal career. I had the privilege of working with him while he ran the Calgary Police Commission. He was such a class act in an understated humble way, quick, fair, brilliant and delightful. I noted that this was a special man who enjoyed the respect of everyone and was instrumental in persuading me that I had made a great choice relocating here. His passing evokes many fine memories of a wonderful man. May you all enjoy your happy memories reflecting on his life so well lived.
    John Cordeau

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  15. To the Sangster family. So sad to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a great man! He always had a joke and a twinkle in his eye. I always felt at home at the Sangster house. Big spreads of baking and treats by Gert on the dining room table at Christmas when Jeannie had the gang over. We were always welcome to be there and enjoy ourselves. Ken was kind, honest, and ethical and you knew it when you talked to him. Hugs to all of you. Go ahead and cry for a while but then make sure you laugh a bit too! Love from Joan, Cam, Logan, and Brynn Nash.

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  16. Losing a parent, and the last remaining one at that, leaves a huge void in one’s life. Cherish those memories of your father for it has been said:
    ‘To live on in the hearts you leave behind, is not to die.’
    I remember well the good naturedness of Ken when he visited his daughters, Leslie and Jeannie, who were working part-time at JB’s Bags & Baggage. He was so joyful and lovingly supportive of them. My sincerest thoughts are with you all.
    I would be delighted to hear from Leslie and Jeannie so as to get caught up on their lives.

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  17. David Horne :

    My condolences to the family of Ken Sangster; I worked with Ken when he was with the Police Commission and I, the CPS. I sought out his advice on numerous occasions and he always took the time to help. I remember his kindness during those years (1981-88). RIP Ken

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