Kenneth Blaine Gibson
March 3, 1944 - April 10, 2010
Ken passed from our world to the next, on Saturday, April 10 at 11:45am. We are happy knowing that God had him home in time for lunch with many family and friends. We can imagine the table prepared for him: BBQ steak, a baked potato, salad in a side bowl and lemon pie for dessert. Of course the sun is shinning and a cold mug of Budweiser is sitting at his elbow.
Ken leaves to mourn his loving wife of 42 years, Patricia (Urquhart), children David (Christa and Sydney) and Katherine (Marcos), his brother Don (Elaine); dear old mother-in-law Grace, sisters-in-law Irene Gibson, Elizabeth Miles (Rick) and Enid McAllister (Tim), brother in law David Urquhart (Brenda), numerous neices and nephews and the extended family of special friends. He was predeceased by his father Jack, mother Mary Stuart and brother Nelson.
Ken lived life to the fullest. A good game of golf, a swim in the backyard pool, hunting in the Duck mountains, or dancing across the kitchen floor. All sports were a source of enjoyment; football, hockey, curling and of course baseball. The highlight of Ken's curling was when he won the Roland open. His sense of humour and creativity with Kenisms” and nicknames will not be forgotten. What fun, what joy. He supported the community he lived in through being the Sponsoring Committee Chairman for the 179th Royal Air Cadet Squadron for 11 years, serving on the Legion Board of Directors and coaching boys softball for 6 years.
As a Senior Project Supervisor for the Department of Highways and Transportions of Manitoba, he was priviledged to design and build the majority of roads in the south central district.
Ken loved to travel, see new things, try new foods and sample different beers. Good friends, good food and good conversation made Ken the man he is today. When it was time to head home, he would always say, “Trish the Barn Door is open and its time to head for home”. After a year long battle with cancer, which he fought right to the very end, Ken headed home.
Ken was a fine man, a gentle man, a loving man, to those who loved him the most, Trish, David and Katherine.
Rest in peace dear and kind KB, and in the words of one of your favorite singers, “Keep your hand on the throttle and your eye on the rail as you head for the distant shore”.
Ken's family would like to express their deep appreciation for the love and support provided by Ken's many friends and family, in particular “Kenny's angels” (Carolyn Fitzgerald and Betty Park), as well as the numerous staff members at the Boundary Trails Health Facility.
A celebration of Ken's life will happen on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the Roland United Church at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken's memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation, P.O. Box 2000 Station Main, Winkler, MB R6W 1H8.