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The Gentleman on Saskatchewan Drive
1911 - 2013
(photo by Vlad Dzavik)
Tweed jacket and hat, pushing his walker ahead, then sitting and soaking in the rays while greeting passers-by - so may we remember him always - quietly a part of the fabric of the community, of his generation and of our family. Once asked by a young jogger what piece of advice he had for someone in their youth, he reflected upon his own life and replied "Do not take yourself too seriously."
Ken was born in Birmingham, UK in 1911. As a master of languages and a world traveller he lived in China in the early 1930's. During WW2 he was posted by British Army Intelligence services to India, where he met and married his wife Regina in Karachi in 1944. They later moved back to England followed by their years together in Buenos Aires, Toronto, New Delhi, Bombay and Edmonton. After his retirement Ken continued to enjoy playing string quartets and taking long walks with his wife, and even in his eighties and nineties, he continued to travel with trips to Russia, China, Greece, Cameroon, Switzerland and Italy.
An ardent walker he embarked on his "constitutional" stroll daily until he suffered a stroke in late December. With dignity and quiet resolve he bore the ensuing weeks at home surrounded by his family, both far and near. On February 15, 2013, he peacefully passed away, once again embarking upon a new adventure. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew and loved him.
Ken is survived by his son, Joseph Ingram and wife Mary Lou of Ottawa and Citta della Pieve, Italy, his daughter Liz Ingram and her husband Bernd Hildebrandt of Edmonton, his granddaughter Leigh-Anne Ingram of Toronto, and his grandsons Chris Ingram of Cape Town, South Africa, and Andreas and Kenneth Hildebrandt of Edmonton.
A Funeral Service and reception will be held at Connelly - McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 - 114 Street, Edmonton, on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations on his behalf can be made by cheque to: The Edmonton Chamber Music Society, Box 60354, U of A Postal Outlet, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2S6, 780-433-4532.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal on Feb. 20, 2013