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OTT, Kenneth (Ken) Alfred

July 10, 1939 – Calgary, Alberta
June 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Kenneth Ott, beloved husband of Mary Ott of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the age of 79 years.

Ken was a proud, native Calgarian born on July 10, 1939 at Calgary General Hospital. He spent his younger years growing up in Calgary’s Bridgeland area. He was a student at Bridgeland, Langevin and Western Canada schools. Ken’s studies focused on Business Administration. Ken was an avid aviation enthusiast during his younger years. He later served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in Trenton, Ontario. Following his Air Force tour of duty, Ken returned to Calgary where he became a successful entrepreneur. He was a manager/owner of Daimark Draperies, followed by twenty-five years as a Project Manager with GWP Wallworks Group. Ken was hardworking, honourable, practical and relentless. In spite of his many health challenges and struggles, Ken was a strong-willed hero who never complained and always pushed forward. Ken strove to live his life his way; never letting others, nor doctors, discourage him. Ken enjoyed camping throughout Alberta and British Columbia. His favourite vacations were in the Maritimes and Newfoundland. Ken was an awesome cook and grill “master”. He loved his country and gospel music. He had a soft spot for animals, especially Shamus and Hershey. He had a keen interest in history, politics and was a passionate reader. Ken also had a huge interest in sports. In his younger years he trained for Golden Gloves boxing matches in Calgary. He also coached hockey teams in Calgary. He was an avid Flames and Stampeder fan. Ken had a unique sense of humour, which often stumped people. He enjoyed small groups of people and created wonderful friendships among the residents and nursing staff in the Chinook Care Centre. He also touched the lives of several young students through the LINKAGES PROGRAM, through which he often shared life experiences with them.

Ken is survived by his loving and devoted wife of thirty-six years, Mary “Marushka”; son, Darren (Elisa) of Calgary; daughter, Tara “Boog” (Michael), of Stratford, Ontario; and step-children, Dorothy of Calgary, Tracy “Kid” of Cochrane, AB, and “Saint Sonny” of Calgary. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Rachel, Devin, Jacob, Dylan, Brayden and David; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ken will be missed by dear friend of forty-five years, John Townley of Windsor, Ontario.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Catherine; his sister Joyce, twin brother Fred, and daughter Cathy.

At Ken’s request there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Poppy Fund, 2020 – 15 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3N8, Telephone: (403) 265-6304. The family is grateful for the care and support provided by a host of caregivers, Dr. Rachel de Fina and the team of wonderful and caring nurses and staff at Chinook Care Centre. Condolences may be forwarded through

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

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  1. To family and friends I loved this wonderful cousin who I grew up calling Uncle Ken. He spent lots of time with our family and had a special relationship with my Mom. I know you loved sports as both his brother and brother in law played broom ball on cold winter nights in our backyard. We lost many garage windows. Rest In Peace Uncle Ken. We will see you again one day

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  2. I just meet Ken in the last year when I started volunteering Thursday nights for Bingo at Chinook Center, I always looked forward to seeing him on those nights he will truly be missed. His sense of humour was amazing my deepest condolences to all of the family.

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  3. Thinking of you Michael and Tara. My heart sends blessings and grace. May you be fully surrounded with love during this sad time.

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