Kenneth MASSE
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MASSE, Kenneth John C.E.T.
August 28, 1933 - July 22, 2015
Our family circle has been broken. The strongest link is gone from the chain. The brightest light in our lives gradually dimmed, and flickered out at 10:30 p.m. July 22, 2015 at Ft. Saskatchewan Community Hospital.
Ken was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He endured his illness and treatments with grace and dignity. He waged that awful war for so long but lost that well fought battle. While his body failed, his mind was sharp and witty and he was still "working" from his hospital bed! The word "retirement" wasn't in his vocabulary and he was physically "on the job" the day before he entered the hospital in March of this year.
Ken was the 3rd of nine children born to Louis A and Edna (Jones) Masse in Gainford, Alberta.
Left to mourn his profound loss are his loving wife and life long partner of over 60 years Judy (Nelson), his children: Denise and her sons, Kenneth Christopher and Michael Tyler John (Dearden)
Lynne Marie Link and her son Jeremy and Jeremy's newborn son Nixon.
Son Aaron (Cindy) and his only child Brittanie.
Son Ronan (Shyla) and their children Megan, Blade and Carson.
Brother Jack (Carol) Creston, B.C
His sweet baby sister Lois (Ewald) Lemke, Atlin B.C
Predeceased by his beloved grandson Farron Thomas Dearden in 2009.
Ken's infant brother Louis I
Brother Derle (June Stracken)
Sister Anita and her three children (kittlitz)
Brother Ronald (Lissy)
Brother Douglas (Christine)
Brother Louis II (Sherry)
Ken was an entrepreneur, mentor, visionary, designer and manufacturer. He made innovative changes in the 1960's in the oil and gas industry as well as the Railway industry that are still in place today!
Ken was a pilot in the late 70's. He and his kid brother Jack (also a pilot) spent many hours flying the vast expanse of the southern Alberta skies. At that same period in time he was busy building a new company and with two young sons to raise, decided that was enough to keep him out of the cockpit!
Ken was a gentle and patient man, with as strong work ethic, sense of fair play, a disciplined and understanding instructor, always slow to anger.
In social gatherings he was often shy and reserved, but he loved public speaking! He was a past member of Toastmasters International in Calgary and later in Edmonton.
The family is honouring his wishes that there will be no formal service or memorial. Cremation has taken place.
Heartfelt thanks to the first responders from Bon Accord, Gibbons, Ft. Sask, for the many trips to the house. Ken's personal physician Dr. Otto Roob and staff in the palliative care unit. You all are our heroes!
Donations in Ken's name can be made to any of the following, with deepest thanks:
STARS AMBULANCE- Suite 100, 1519 35 Avenue East Edmonton International Airport, Alberta. T9E 0V6
CROSS CANCER INSTITUTE-11560 University Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1Z2
HOPE MISSION-9908 106 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2N7

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Published in Edmonton Journal on Jul. 31, 2015.
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August 29, 2015
We stand on a threshold of a new year. How can we see one step ahead of what lies before us without you? You were the Captain, the Guide to the beginning of all that you planned for us. And, now you are gone from this Earthly home. I will always treasure your words "But if". You personified kindness, being a gentleman, husband, father. farmer. Love you Dad. Always will.
August 29, 2015
Dearest Dad. You compassed'If I can do it- you can too". What a Glourious priviledge you gave to us. Every step we took , you encouraged us to make mistakes and learn from them. You were always a phone call away. When we needed help- you were there, and you never asked why! Sure am going to miss you Dad, on this Earthly plane.
August 27, 2015
Judy & Family,Sorry to here of Ken's passing, we were not aware. Ken was a remarkable man with a heart of gold, and will be truly missed by all. We will allways cherish our fond memories together with Ken and celebrate a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Garth & Karen Nightingale
August 27, 2015
my husband, myself and our children always considered Ken one of the best friends we ever had ~ the world will be a sadder place with him gone and we shall miss him terribly, but he will perhaps meet John and together they will straighten out any engineering feats to be done up above ~ rest in peace old friend and give my John a hug for me ~ much love to Judy and family as you go through this trying time
Beverlee O'Sullivan
July 31, 2015
One of the best men to have ever lived.
Kathy Erickson
July 31, 2015
So heartbreaking to see such a wonderful person gone. You will be missed tremendously.y heart goes out to the rest of the family. Rest in peace
Teresa Masse
July 31, 2015
The world somehow felt safer with Ken here. It was a privilege to call him, Dad. I feel so blessed to be raising children with a man he raised. His unconditional brand of love, no doubt, lives on in Ronan.
Shyla Masse
July 31, 2015
I am truly sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Being a part of his life for some of the 60s,70s, and 80s,is a time I will remember him and the family with respect and admiration. He was like a brother to me and helped and encouraged the things that brought me to the person I am today.
Betty and I send our love to all the family .
Rest in Peace my friend ,you will make heaven a better place.
Keith Weir
July 31, 2015
My deepest sympathy to Judy and family on your loss of Ken.
Trudi Parr-Pearson (nee Szelewicki)
July 31, 2015
So sorry for your loss! Xo
Marie Soucy
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