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MCLEOD, Kenneth “Ken” Gordon

April 4, 1936 – Calgary, Alberta
March 21, 2019 – Black Diamond, Alberta

It is with great sadness that I announce that my dear father, Ken McLeod, who passed away peacefully in Black Diamond, Alberta, on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the age of 82 years.

Ken was a very gentle kind-hearted soul who cared very much for others and had a very special connection with animals, especially dogs and horses. Ken was born at the Calgary General Hospital and grew up in the Sunalta area of Calgary. In his late teens he started working with their family friend Alex Murdoch on his ranch in the Turner Valley area. This started his life long love of ranching and horses, there was nothing that made him happier than going riding in the west county surrounded by the mountains. Ken was a very highly skilled sheet metal worker and his career took him to the Victoria shipyards, then back to Calgary, then to Vernon where he had his own business (Craft Metal and Heating Ltd.) and finally to the Red Deer Hospital were his expert fabrication skills were used to the fullest extent. After retirement Ken returned to the west county where he continued his passion of horses and western living. Over the years he met Ian Tyson and ended up working on his ranch for a few years. In his last years Ken battled COPD but he bravely made the best of it. He enjoyed playing crib with friends, having coffee, church dinners, taking long drives out west, going to the Bar U Ranch and spending time with his dear friend Marlene Anderson. Ken’s gentle kind soul and wonderful story telling about the good old days and history will be forever missed by many family and friends.

Ken leaves behind his daughter Karen and his son-in-law Chris, both of whom he thought the world of. Ken came from a large family of twelve and is survived by his remaining siblings, May, Doris; one brother Jug; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his much loved dog Paco. He was predeceased by his wife Eleanor McLeod; his mother Elizabeth and father, Alexander; his sisters Mary, Margaret, Flo, Jean, Aggie, and Bella; his two brothers, Johnny and Alexander; and his childhood buddy Ray Luft.

As you used to always like to say “goodbye for now”, the last goodbye is the hardest one to say… this is where the cowboy rides away…

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alberta Lung Association, PO Box 4500, Station South Edmonton, Alberta T6E 6K2 www.ab.lung.ca or to AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society) 5060 – 74th Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2C 3C9 www.aarcs.ca.

A private family service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com

In living memory of Ken McLeod, 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. My deepest condolences to Karen ,Kens daughter and family.
    He will be deeply missed by our family and always held close to our hearts.
    May he Rest In Peace.
    The Borys ❤️ Laurie, Bryden and Levi

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  2. My deepest sympathy to the McLeod family. Ken will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. May he Rest In Peace.
    Lorraine Weis❤️

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  3. My deepest condolences to Karen and family. Had many great conversations with Ken. He will be missed by many.

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  4. I was so sorry to hear of Ken’s Passing. He sure will be missed, we enjoyed playing crib with him over the years. My deepest sympathies to the McLeod family.

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  5. Much love to you Karen, Chris and Paco. ❤️
    Our coffee’s and lunches, his endless stories; reminiscing, hugs and laughs will all be greatly missed. You are in my prayers.

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  6. So sad to hear of the passing of Uncle Kenny! Loved past visits and stories of years gone by! Thinking of you Karen
    Love Gwen Geoff and family xx

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  7. Karen and Chris,
    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I have many memories of the good times we spent with him. He taught me many things about horses that I will be eternally grateful for.
    Thinking of you at this very sad time.

    Rest In Peace Uncle Kenny.

    Love Donna❤️

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  8. Dear Karen,
    So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing.
    Thinking of you and Chris during this sad time. Knowing that you have lots of funny, silly and happy memories of Kenny. Hoping you are doing well. Love, Uncle Jug

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  9. Karen, I have so many great memories of Uncle Ken. He spent a lot of time at our house when we were kids, I thought he was the ‘coolest’ uncle! I remember when he Offered to take us kids to the drive – in theatre, thinking it would be fun! I’m fairly sure that only happened once! Uncle Ken always popped in to check on my mom in later years and she cherished their visits. RIP Uncle Ken. Linda

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  10. Hi Karen and Chris. So very sorry to hear of Uncle Ken’s passing. He was such a nice and decent man and always treated us well. Thinking of you both. Love Frank and Judy

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  11. Nonie Sundstrom

    Karen, I too have beautiful, funny memories of your Dad. Hope you don’t mind if I share a few….in Victoria-letting Frank, Brownie & I ride in the rumble seat of his Hot Rod-how cool was that? Scaring the heck out of us one Halloween in Victoria by sneaking into the old basement & clamoring up the stairs with a Frankenstein mask on. I think he liked Halloween because I remember Eleanor & your Dad dressing as cave people wearing very authentic fur & bones! In later years I really enjoyed his stories, filling in pieces of family history-I’ll really miss that♥️ Hugs to you both. Nonie & Eric

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  12. Carol MacLellan

    Hi Karen & Chris
    So sorry to hear of uncle Kenny’s passing. I have very fond memories of him as I was growing up. He stayed with us in Edmonton for awhile and always came to visit us in Red Deer.
    He was so handsome and being only six years older than I, I wanted a boyfriend just like him. RIP Uncle Kenny !

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  13. The people of Black Diamond and Turner Valley are sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Ken was a great friend always greeted you with a smile and a hug as we shared dog stories over coffee!

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