Dr. William Kenneth Shultis died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, June 1, 2007 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the age of 92 years.
He was born on March 24, 1915 in Port Colborne, Ontario to Dr. John and Mary Lavina Dawn Shultis. He was the youngest of four children. His brothers, John and Everett, and sister Vera all have predeceased him. After graduating from Port Colborne High School in 1932, he enrolled at McMaster University where he excelled at tennis and hockey. In 1933 he enrolled in Dentistry at the University of Toronto. During the summers of his University years he was a popular counsellor at Camp Ahmek on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, where he inspired in his young campers a great love of the outdoors during his many extended canoe trips.
Upon graduation, Dr. Shultis practiced General Dentistry in Toronto from 1938 to 1942. In 1942 he joined the Royal Canadian Dental Corps and served his country for two years in the Air force and one year each in the Navy and Army. Upon discharge in 1946, Dr. Shultis took postgraduate training in Orthodontics at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1947. He then started, in Toronto, a private Orthodontics practice which he ran until his retirement in early 1988. He developed several novel techniques in Orthodontia, which he taught as an associate of Orthodontics in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto from 1947-57. He also served in 1953 as chair of the Orthodontics section of the Canadian Dental Association, and in 1958 as chair of the Orthodontics Study Club. He was a long term member of the Granite Club in Toronto, and later when he moved to Calgary in 1991 he was a member of the Calgary Golf and Country Club.
In 1940 Dr. Shultis was married to the former Dahlia Roberta Ainlay in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Ken was predeceased by his wife Dahlia in 1979. He later married the former Jean Margaret Vanstone (McCormick) in 1980 in Galt, Ontario. Jean predeceased Ken in 2005.
Dr. Shultis is survived by two children from his first marriage: Dr. John Kenneth (Susan) Shultis of Manhattan, Kansas, and their daughters Kate (Ed) Wenninger and Carrie (Nate) Reitz and granddaughters Abby, Anna, Cara, and Millie; and Dahlia Sue (Jack) Wood of Calgary. From his second marriage, Ken is survived by Jean?s three children: Barbara Elizabeth (Jim) Brignall of Calgary, and sons Chris (Alisha) Brignall and Eric Brignall and grandson Keenan; Helen Margaret (Bruce) Murray of St. Catharines, and daughters Chandra and Jillian; and Frederick Walter (Patty) Vanstone of Vancouver and daughters Sheila and Laurie.
Dr. Shultis will be remembered as a very kind and generous person, always of good humour, and with concern for others. He never met a stranger, making friends with his congeniality and his signature butterscotch candy. His children remember the skating years at the Granite Club, and the wonderful canoe trips with him in Algonquin Park; his grandchildren treasure the stories he told; and his great-grandchildren remember his extraordinary whistling.
A private family gathering will be held in Calgary. A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto on Thursday, June 21, 2007. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
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