RANDALL, Ken C.
Ken passed away on November 13, 2013, at Saskatoon's St. Paul's Hospital, his home for the past two months. He was born in Saskatoon on December 15, 1925, to Harold and Ella (Robb) Randall and lived his entire life in the city, spending his childhood in City Park and his adulthood in North Park. Ken's father died in 1927, leaving his widowed mother to raise Ken and his only sibling, Elva, through trying times. This circumstance led to Ken becoming the 'man of the house' at a very young age. One of Ken's first jobs, a CN bicycle messenger, was the beginning of a life in uniform and service. World War II presented opportunity and, like so many, Ken interrupted his education and stepped up, spending two years in the North Atlantic with the Royal Canadian Navy. He joined the Saskatoon Fire Department in 1947, retiring as Battalion Chief in 1985. In 1948, Ken married June Donnelly and they raised four children. A Firefighter by profession, Ken was also an accomplished carpenter, electrician, plumber and mechanic. Anyone who knew Ken, knew that he could, and would, tackle any task - a 'MacGyver' in his own right! The two homes he designed and built are still being enjoyed by families in the North Park area. Any vehicle he owned was perpetually clean and rattle-free, no hinge within earshot squeaked and not a toilet dribbled. His children inherited many of those abilities and not a day goes by without out each of us seeing ourselves doing something Dad would've done. Ken and June enjoyed many years square dancing with the 'Hoop N Hollers'. Ken's volunteer work with minor hockey as equipment manager and coach was the start of a project that eventually produced the Archibald Arena. As a civic employee, Ken was an integral part of the Saskatoon City Employees Credit Union, sitting on the Board of Directors in various capacities for many years. In 1980, Ken lost two Firefighter brothers in a 'line-of-duty' death. Remembering his own mother's struggles as a widowed mother, he felt compelled to assist and guide their widows through the confusion of life insurance and financial issues. He was able to offer this help to several other widows in the years that followed and took satisfaction in knowing he'd made a positive difference in the lives of those struggling through a difficult time. After retirement Ken took up golf, averaging 100 rounds each summer. Ken was predeceased by: father, Harold, in 1927; daughter, Colleen, in 1973; mother, Ella, in 1979; wife, June, in 1988; sister, Elva, in 2009. He is survived by his family: Donna Randall of Regina; Patrick Randall of Victoria; Sandra (Faris) Sadden and their family, Amber, Carrie and Tyler of Swift Current. To the administration and staff at St. Paul's Hospital, particularly the nurses of the 5th and 6th floor medical units, we thank you for your kindness, compassion and respect. You are angels. Ken requested there be no funeral service. A private family interment service will take place on November 15, 2013. Arrangements are in care of Acadia-McKague's Funeral Centre 306-955-1600. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Kidsport Saskatoon, 510 Cynthia Street, Saskatoon, S7L 7K7.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Nov. 15, 2013