BURNS, Keith Lorne
March 17, 1930 - December 31, 2012
Keith passed away peacefully at the Agape Care Center on Monday, December 31, 2012 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Keith spent his formative years in Swift Current articling with Wik, Jeffery, Stark and Millard, C.A.'s. Keith and Nalda were married in Shaunavon, SK in 1954. They then moved to Calgary, AB in 1957. Keith was practicing with Ballard, Burns, Halpin & Co., CA's. Co-developing Mabel Lake Estates with Jim Adamson, a Dealer Principal of Red Deer Toyota, and President of Lap TECH Systems were other projects. He was a Chartered Member of N. Calgary Rotary, Past President of North Hill Business Club, Director of Calgary Winter Club and member of the Silver Springs Golf and Country Club. He was proud of his "Hole in One" at "Priddis Greens". The "Homers and Roamers" Annual Golf Meet kept him in touch with his "Speedy Creek" friends. Keith and Nalda enjoyed travels to Japan with the Toyota dealership among many other trips. He was well respected in all of his endeavours and his sense of humour was appreciated by his friends and clients. He is survived by his wife Nalda; his daughters Debbie (Grant) Thomas, Nancy (Dan) Bradich; his son Greg (Christine) Burns; grandchildren Jaylee (Dallas) Nickel, Jessica (Michael) Cooke, and Stephen Thomas, Christopher and Marissa Bradich, Samantha and Stephanie Burns. Other family members, Kay Mugleston, Gail and Henry Fehr of Regina and Terry (Shirley) Burns of Bemidji, MN; sister-in-law Ann Studer (Wally) of Kelowna, B.C., and Dean and Brenda were always gracious hosts. Keith was predeceased by his parents Alice and Gordon Burns; four sisters; two brothers; and his Uncles John and Todd Currie. A Celebration of Life is planned at Silver Springs Golf Club around his "Irish" Birthday. A private service will be held at Queen's Park Columbarium at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Prep Program, A Resource Center for Down Syndrome (2004 - 12 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1J7). Thank you to the Home Care Team for their care and Dr. Reuther and staff for their efforts on his behalf. He cheated death twice and fought all the way, and we are grateful for that. You can comment about his energy, his optimism, his steadfast to principals, his likability and the caring he showed for everyone he met. In living memory of Keith Burns, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald from January 5 to January 7, 2013