McKIE, Kenneth Townsend, M.Ed.
April 15, 1928 - February 5, 2014
"Today a sadness in the light itself." – John Steffler
Ken is survived by Florence, his wife of 55 years; his beloved daughters, Heather, Kate and Dana; cousin, Jeanette Veale; in- laws, Vicky (Jim) Burton; Michael (Cristi Castro) Danyluk; nephew, Brad (Melinda) Burton and sons; as well as family in BC and PEI; and newly discovered brothers, Dick and Alty, and sister, Gloria, of the McCollister family.
Ken was raised in Calgary and first taught in rural one-room schoolhouses in Alberta. He met Florence while both were attending university and teaching in public schools. They were married in 1958 and soon moved to Edmonton. Ken taught at Ross Shepherd High School where he became involved in special education. He became Supervisor of Special Education for the provincial government; coordinating a team of specialists who supported teachers in the early integration of students with disabilities. He was proud to initiate the series of CKUA broadcasts that addressed issues faced by students with special needs, and to help in establishing day programs for children with severe handicaps.
From the 1960s into retirement, Ken served many volunteer years as a Board Member or President in a range of support and service organizations. His interests included hiking in the Rockies, classical and Celtic music, Scottish Gaelic language, world history, coin collecting, science fiction, and debating about how the world could and should be made better. He will be remembered for his wry sense of humour, his patience and his unconditional love.
A Remembrance will be held in April. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Robin Hood Association, 147 Broadway Blvd., Sherwood Park, AB, T8H 2A4, directed to Aspen Village (www.robinhoodassoc.com) or your charity of choice.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Feb. 15, 2014