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BORDEN, William Kendrick (Ken)

May 30, 1941 – Atlanta, Georgia
December 1, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Even as a boy, Ken had a strong sense of person, becoming the youngest member of his church at 8 years of age. He carried that determination and sense of self when he attended Oglethorpe University and graduated in mathematics and physics while playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. After declining an invitation to a tryout with the Detroit Tigers, he enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. A Presbyterian minister for seventeen years in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, he moved his family to Toronto to pursue a PhD in adult education, interested specifically in how adults learn. His ministry continued in Toronto at Calvin Presbyterian Church before moving to Calgary where he ministered at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church. He fell in love with Canada, became a citizen, and called Canada his “home and chosen land”. A lover of music, he played clarinet and saxophone in high school before becoming the drum major. Later he sang with several choirs and toured Europe performing at Rudolfinum in Prague. His love of sports continued as an unwavering fan of the Atlanta Braves and University of Georgia football. As a lifelong learner, he read in disciplines from economics to philosophy to geology filling the house with books. Most importantly, he made impactful and long-lasting connection with diverse people and was interested in their stories. He supported and contributed to local communities and to global causes assisting those in need and humanitarian crises.

Besides his loving wife, Sibbie, Ken is survived by his brothers, Benjamin and Joseph; sister Laura; sons, Calvin and Christian; and five grandchildren, Joseph, Alexander, Maxin, Francis, and Wallace.

A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through In an effort to support the medical services that served him so well, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,

In living memory of Ken Borden, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3,  Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. T. Dwight & Mary Lyn Blix

    Dear Sibbie and Family,
    We are so saddened to learn of the passing of your life partner and best friend, Ken. We continue to keep you and your family in our prayers and look forward to sharing some time together when you feel the time is right. Wishing you peace and comfort in this very traumatic time. Love Dwight and Mary Lyn, the Blixes.

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  2. Rev. Diane Strickland

    I give thanks for Ken’s faithful ministry and witness. May you all find strength and comfort in the gospel promises cradling your grief, the same promises now fulfilled for Ken.

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  3. Sibby. It has been some time since I heard anything about you and Ken. Much has happened in the years since you left Calvin. I will send a note about that sometime. For now, now that Karen, Chris, Mark and I thought the world of you and Ken, and still do. I am quite sure this loss is heavy for you, but equally sure you will find peace from your faith and Ken’s, and the many friends the two of you gathered over the years. Take care.

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  4. Sibbie – and family; I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing! I hold many fond and happy memories of Ken – and my time at Calvin with him. He was a true mentor and offered me both his wisdom and his friendship. I learned a lot from him and not a week goes by that I don’t either think of him or put into practice something he taught me. I pray that God will be present with you all as you prepare for the days ahead, and that you will be assured that Ken has been welcomed up and into that place prepared for him by his Lord. I know I speak for Regan that we will be praying for all of you over this season.

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  5. Dear Sibbie and family
    Jill and I are heartbroken to hear of Ken’s passing. He had the presence to make everyone feel loved and welcome, from youngest child to senior members. I enjoyed our chats together, he always took a keen interest in our lives, no matter how busy he may have been. I remember how pleased both of you were with the gift of honey from Grimshaw Alberta, based on his sermon when preaching for the call at VAPC!

    In your grief, know for certain than Ken’s communion with Jesus is now face to face, and you have the love and support of your family and friends, both near and far.

    God bless and be with you all
    Gord and Jill Sherret

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  6. I’m sorry to hear this as Ken was a wonderful minister and friend. While I haven seen him in over thirty years, I treasured our phone conversations! I love you guys and pray for God’s peace during this difficult time!

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  7. I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was such a wonderful minister. Praying for each of you. May God give you peace, comfort and joy in your wonderful memories of him.

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  8. Robyn Norwood and family

    Dear Sibbie, Cal and Chris,
    It’s been many years but I have such good memories of your time in Camden and our families’ friendship. Sending hopes for peace and comfort to you. I enjoyed reading about the many paths Ken pursued.

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  9. I was an intern with Ken at Bethesda Presbyterian in Camden back in 1979-1980. He was a good mentor and role model for me as a minister-wannabe. I never knew about his invitation to try out for Detroit. That explains his passion for church softball! Love to all the family.

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  10. Ralph and. Gwen. Hodgins

    Dear. Sibbie and. Family
    How blessed we were to have youth both accept the call to. VAPC. I had the pleasure to work with. Ken during your time at VAPC. I can remember the service where during coffee hour you were both made “ Calgarians” through the. White. Hat. Ceremony. It was a pleasure working with. Ken. He was a gifted minister. He has left us with many positive memories .
    May you find comfort in the memories you will share.

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  11. May God comfort and keep you in this time of loss.
    Terry Moore

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  12. Sibbie, and family, I just learned of Ken’s death and was so saddened to hear of your loss. He was a very special individual who was so helpful to me when I first graduated from Knox, securing my appointment to my one and only congregation at Riverdale Presbyterian at Pape and Danforth in Toronto. His always pleasant and seemingly carefree demeanour made him a delight to be around while his wisdom and knowledge were invaluable to a new grad. Blessings and peace to you all.

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