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MCINTOSH, Kenneth

January 3, 1931 – Grande Prairie, Alberta
July 8, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Kenneth McIntosh, beloved husband of Betty Mae McIntosh, of Black Diamond, passed away in Calgary, AB on July 8, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dad and husband of Betty Mae (nee Ross). Ken was born to parents, Irene and Allan McIntosh and his siblings include Maureen, Mervyn and Vernon. His education involved multiple schools across the prairies. This included a one room school in Anselmo, AB. Community athletics attracted Ken and seldom did he refuse the opportunity to participate. His father’s involvement in the RCAF during the Second World War brought out the aviation interest in Ken and continued with him for life. His personal aircrafts GYV and CBI provided many years of flying enjoyment.

Ken was employed by the Southam Corporation for more than forty years at three different Alberta locations, The Edmonton Journal, Medicine Hat News and The Calgary Herald. He was a renaissance man who could turn his hand to almost anything and was generous with his time and talents for his many friends and acquaintances.

Ken wore many hats in the field of athletics and community involvement while living in Calgary. He believed in assisting with projects and encouraged his family to follow suite. In the mid 70’s he served as President of Westgate Community Association. Ken’s involvement with minor hockey brought about a number of prestigious awards including the Henry Viney 1975 Sportsman Of The Year award, Calgary Booster Club Athletic Leadership award and a number of additional recognitions for his service. At a special presentation in Black Diamond in 2012, Ken received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Ken met Betty about 1949 and they married in 1951 and raised four children, Diana, David, Douglas and Murray. The family moved to Medicine Hat for three years and then settled in Calgary in 1959. Ken retired in 1992 and moved to Black Diamond where he and Betty made many new friends and attended the Diamond Valley United Church. He participated in a number of civic committees which interested him. Betty and Ken took many memorable trips abroad and visited Europe a number of times.

Besides his loving wife of sixty-six years, Ken is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Diana and Darryl Nickel; and his two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Deborah McIntosh, and Doug and Michele McIntosh; his grandchildren Jeff, Tyler, Dayne, Delina, Bryanne, and Ryleigh. He is also survived by his brothers Vernon and Mervyn, his sister Maureen and many nieces and nephews.

Ken was predeceased by his son Murray in 2015, and his parents Irene and Allan.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the reception centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Ken McIntosh, 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. Yvonne R (Kother) Wiebe :

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I remember the wonderful visits from Ken & Betty Mae when we were growing up, on the farm, and later in town. Ken brought such joy to our parents’ lives. Our Mom referred to him as one of her other boys. He will be greatly missed at our family reunions. So happy to have spent time with him at the gathering in Rocky Mountain House.

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  2. Ralph and Glennis Reynolds :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. This is a difficult time for all of you, but we know you will work through it, and we wish you all the best.

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  3. Ross Hutchins :

    Right from the first time I met Ken I knew he was a good person. We quickly found our common interests in aviation and the graphic arts. I always enjoyed talking with him, he was very interesting and engaging. He will surly be missed but not forgotten.

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  4. Maureen Hanna :

    Dear Betty and family
    My thoughts of deepest sympathy are with all of you.
    MaureenHanna

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  5. Linda Duncan :

    Ken, Betty and family were so generous of spirit and
    loving friendship. He always lifted you up in thoughts and deeds. Such a lovely man. Such a lovely family.
    The Duncans.

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  6. Jan & Cam Mather :

    Betty & Family,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Ken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

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  7. Sherilyn Moxley Leishman :

    I am so sorry to hear about “Grandpa McIntosh’s” passing. I am grateful to have been apart of his life because of the close friendship with Delina.
    I have great memories of Delina’s Grandpa. One most special one is when he took us flying in his airplane. I was 16 and it was the first time I had ever been in any kind of airplane. He even let me steer the plane briefly! I thought it was so amazing. It was an experience I have not forgotten! Thank you!
    May you all feel peace and love at this most difficult time!
    Love Sherilyn Moxley Leishman

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  8. Sherilyn Moxley Leishman :

    I am so sad to hear about the passing of “Grandpa McIntosh.” I am grateful to have been a part of his life through the close friendship with his Granddaughter Delina.
    I have great memories of him. One special experience was when I was 16 and he took Delina and I flying in his airplane. It was the first time I have ever flown in any aircraft. It was so amazing and he even let me steer briefly. I was an experience that I haven’t forgotten. Thank you!
    May you all feel love and peace at this most difficult time.
    Love Sherilyn Moxley Leishman

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  9. Lynn Ardiel :

    Having known Ken from my previous days at the Okotoks Flight Centre and then Keith GM and Okotoks Ford, it was always so nice to see him. A kind man who always wore such a beautiful smile as well as a kind word for me. I send condolences to the family and hope you can share many stories to lighten your hearts. He was comfortable in the sky now and forever.

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  10. Janice Howie :

    Dear Betty & family, So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was such a nice man and I was fortunate to become acquainted with him at the Diamond Valley United Church. My thoughts and prayers are with you Betty at this time. Sincerely, Janice Howie

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  11. Denis & Shirley Ross :

    Dear Betty & family,
    Although we can’t be with you to day know that are thoughts and prayers are with you all. Denis & Ken used to have such nice chats on the phone.
    Cherish the memories. Sending our love, Denis & Shirley

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  12. Judy Stanford :

    My dear Betty, Diana, David, Doug and families. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Ken, husband, father and grandfather. Ken was a truly remarkable man who was always available to lend a helping hand, to a single individual, a hockey team, a church or a community association. He was without prejudice and never appeared to be anything he was not. His generosity knew no bounds. I am a better person for having known him. Perhaps my perfect memory is driving home from Black Diamond at Christmas time having enjoyed dinner and a wonderful visit with Betty and Ken, and their two sweet dogs. Or attending the annual Food Bank Christmas Concert with Betty and Ken and hearing the likes of Ian Tyson in the local school gymnasium. Thanks for your friendship and great memories Ken.

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  13. Judy Stanford :

    My dear Betty, Diana, David, Doug, and families: Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Ken. He was a wonderful man, always ready to help, be it an individual, hockey team, church or community group. Ken was totally unpretentious, interested in people and their lives. Favourite memory: driving home from Black Diamond at Christmas time and the Food Bank Christmas Concert at the local school having been entertained by Ian Tyson and the like.

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  14. Judy Stanford :

    My dear Betty, Diana, David, Doug: Please know my heart goes out to you at this sad time. Ken was truly a good man, interested in people and their lives. He was always ready to help, be it a hockey team, church, community group or an individual. Favourite memories: driving home from Black Diamond at Christmas time having enjoyed a long visit and dinner with Betty and Ken and their two sweet dogs. Also attending the annual Food Bank Christmas concert at the local school listening to the likes of Ian Tyson. Thank you Ken, for your many kindnesses to me, and my daughter, and the memories. With love, Judy Stanford.

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  15. Sharlene Brown :

    Betty and Family

    Our condolences from the Town of Black Diamond, Ken played an active role on many our our committees and an active part in our community. Ken had a keen eye for right and wrong and was very concerned about what happened to others. We will miss his contribution. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family

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  16. Linda Nelson :

    We are saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Ken on our Parks & Recreation board and quickly became aware of his passion for community involvement. A true gentleman with a beautiful heart and warm smile. Our community has suffered a great loss. Our condolences to Betty and family.

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  17. Maureen Seyler :

    Sorry for your loss Betty.
    Such a difficult time for you. May your memories give you comfort.
    Sincerely, Maureen Seyler

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  18. Russ Wheatley :

    Betty,
    We are sorry to learn of Ken’s passing.
    He was passionate about his volunteer work and when he spoke, he spoke from the heart.
    It was an honor to have known Ken.
    Please accept our condolences, Russ and Esther Wheatley

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