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RADCLIFFE, Kenneth John (Ken)

June 18, 1926 – Toronto, Ontario
April 18, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

In one short week Ken went from being able to visit to being released into God’s hands on Monday, April 18, just two months short of his 90th birthday.

Ken was born in 1926 in Toronto. He was the eldest of three children born to Fred and Zilpha Radcliffe. Ken had a brother Ger, born in 1932 and a sister Mary Ruth, born when he was ten. Ken saw education as so important. He was in school in Toronto for the first eight years at Humbercrest Public and then four years at UTS. After graduating he spent one year in Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto. At this point he joined the Royal Canadian Navy but was never part of the war instead being part of training at Millard Ontario. Following Ken’s discharge, he moved to Montreal West to live with his family and then completed his Electrical Engineering degree in 1948. While at McGill University Ken met his future wife Lois who took Physiotherapy at McGill graduating as well in 1948. Ken and Lois married in 1950.

Ken joined GE Canada in 1948 and worked for the company for 43 years until his retirement at the age of 65. During his career he moved across the county as he pursued a career in sales being retrained twice, once in nuclear power and the other was in combustion gas turbines that brought him to Calgary.

Ken and Lois had two children, David and Jane, both children being born in London Ontario. In 1998, Lois died from complications from Breast Cancer.

Ken never gave up or complained about life. In 1988 he became a left below the knee amputee. Then in 2007 Ken became a right below the knee amputee. He fought hard to master skills allowing him to use a walker. His prosthetist Milan stood by him for 25 years.

In 2007 Ken moved to Lake Bonavista Village and spent seven years there. For the last two years he has been at the Maison. He was well loved and became a part of their “family” taking an interest in all the staff and their families. He was fortunate to meet Vera there, someone who brought so much joy to his life.

Ken is survived by his sister-in-law June; brother-in-law David; son David and his wife Lenore and their children Sarah (Cal) Fleck, and Scott (Vicky) Radcliffe; five great-grandchildren Hunter, Bennett, Hayden, Chase, and Chloe; and daughter Jane and her husband Rein. He was predeceased by his brother Ger and sister Mary Ruth.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through We as a family would like to extend our thanks to the dedicated and loving staff at Maison Senior Living, with special mention and thanks to the care he received from Dr. Han. Ken would want each staff person to know you enriched and blessed his life.

Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Telephone 403-243-8200.

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  1. I am deeply saddened by the news of Ken’s passing. He was always so kind and thoughtful. I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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  2. I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I enjoyed the many conversations we had. It was a pleasure to get to know you too Jane. I will treasure the many memories I have of Ken. May God Bless and Keep you in the palm of his hand. Remember Ken is only a thought away.

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  3. Trish Exton-Parder and Barb Cohan

    Ken and family were wonderful neighbours on Kerwood Crescent and in the later years our dad Brian spent many days with Ken chatting up a storm or sharing a meal. Ken often had wee presents to pass along to our boys. He will be missed for his kindness in this world.
    Love Barb Cohan and Trish Exton-Parder

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  4. I just wanted to add to my sister’s condolence in that I remember being asked (more than a time or two) to share in those meals with Ken. Dad and I would sit for hours listening to the wonderful stories Ken shared with us, and the photographs he always had at the ready. He was such a dear friend to us and will be so sadly missed. After my dad passed, Ken and I would sit and reminisce about his friendship and how much dad had meant to him … all the while … we both knew how much Ken meant to us. God bless and all of the stories Ken shared will be remembered fondly as will Ken’s memory.
    Love Barb Cohan (Exton)

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  5. Helen & Chris Whittaker

    Dear Jane & Family,

    Sorry to read of your dad’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

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  6. Ken was a good friend for seventy years and we had special meals with Ken and Lois in Sarnia and in Calgary. My sympathy to David and Lenore, Jane and Grandchildren. Affectionately Evelyn Ross

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  7. Gordon Cameron

    I was a classmate of Ken’s at UTS 75 years ago, and he maintained contact with me and others all these years! It’s appropriate he ended up in Calgary, because despite being born in Toronto, he had a Western style of open friendship and steadfast loyalty. That photo of Ken with the draft horse atop his obituary was taken at Bow Park Farm in 1943, where he did his part for the war effort as a summer farm volunteer. I was privileged to be his helper on the manure spreader! He was always fun at reunions over the years. His was a rich, generous well-lived life.

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