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KENNETH MICHAEL MILLS

Born: Sep 23, 1963

Date of Passing: Aug 21, 2014

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KENNETH MICHAEL MILLS September 23, 1963 - August 21, 2014 It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ken Mills on August 21, 2014 at the age of 50. Ken is survived by his parents, Tom and Ruth, children Daniel and Hillary, sisters Wendy (Jim) and Judy (Tim), Baba Rosie, fiancé Christina (daughter Kierra), as well as many nieces and nephews. Ken grew up in Winnipeg's West End, attending Montcalm School, Hugh John MacDonald and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. He began his career in Flin Flon working for H.B.M.S. before returning to Winnipeg in 1988 to join the Winnipeg Fire Department; he was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2013. Ken loved to make people laugh and was known for his (mostly goofy) pranks. He thoroughly enjoyed cooking up a gourmet meal, whether for family, friends or the boys at the fire hall. Ken enjoyed the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, and was an amateur radio operator VE4KEN. A celebration of life will be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Fire Fighter's Burn Fund.
Publish Date: Aug 26, 2014

KENNETH MICHAEL MILLS September 23, 1963 - August 21, 2014 It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ken Mills on August 21, 2014 at the age of 50. Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, is in care of arrangements. A longer obituary will follow.
Publish Date: Aug 23, 2014

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 26, 2014

Condolences & Memories (89 entries)

  • While visiting Winnipeg in October this very sad news was shared. Judy, Ruth, Tom and family I am sorry I did not stay in touch. Your family was a big part of my mom's world and I had many visits to your house as a child. The one thing I recall the most is Ken's drum kit in the basement, well I definitely remember his laugh and I can honestly say I can still hear it even though it was that long ago. Goes to show you that he made an impact on people at a very young age. Strong hugs and loving thoughts to each and every one you. - Posted by: Sharon Vickner (family friends daughter) on: Nov 19, 2014

  • Ken and I were friends from early on...I can't even remember really. Our parents were friends for years before Ken and I ever came along. In our early years Ken was like an older brother to me. I remember my first night working on Winnipeg radio. I was scared to death. I looked out the window to my right. Who was standing there with his thumb up? Who else...it was Ken. We never really stayed in touch after that and that is a shame. I know he had a great career as a Winnipeg firefighter like his old man. I wish I had known him better the last few years. I did see him at his Mom and Dad's 50th a few years ago. Same Ken I always remembered. A shame. Miss you bro. - Posted by: Dale Vickner (friend) on: Nov 15, 2014

  • So shocked & saddened to hear of Ken's sudden passing. While we wish we hsd known Ken better, reading all these comments just proves what a special person he was & how many lives he has touched & played a huge role in. It's amazing how he has kept in touch with friends over the years even with school friends. Goes to show what a fine & caring person he was. Everyone remembers him for his laughter & making all those around him laugh. What special people you have to be, Tom & Ruth, to raise such a caring & loving son. Our sympathy to all his family. - Posted by: Bert & Gloria Parsons (Family Friends) on: Sep 08, 2014

  • Just heard the sad news last night!!! Still a shock!! To the Mills family our sincere sympathy. To Daniel, Haley and Cheryl....our thoughts and prayers are with you! May fond memories comfort you in this time of sorrow. Thinking of you Carlo, Ana Maria, Gianni and Nadia(Michael) - Posted by: Nevieri Family (Friends) on: Aug 30, 2014

  • Tom, Ruth & family. I am shocked & deeply saddened at the passing of Ken (Millsy). I send you my sincerest sympathy. Always a great time with lots of laughs. My favourite memories were when we curled together with the firefighters. - Posted by: Tim Picken (Fellow Firefighter) on: Aug 29, 2014

  • Dear Tom and Ruth. We offer our love and deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. - Posted by: Ron Place & Ellie Taylor (Fellow radio friends for many years. va7pl & va7nrs) on: Aug 29, 2014

  • We were shocked and saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. We had the good fortune of meeting Ken & Cheryl many years ago in Flin Flon and shared a lot of fun times. I especially remember our camping weekend at Gyles Park with the whole gang ... and then there was the time he came out of the tent trailer at Baker's Narrows in "his" bikini -- or him and Ralphie on the dance floor --good times -- always lots of laughter anytime Kenny was in the room! We have not seen Kenny for years, but often chatted about the good times and wondered how him and his family were doing! Our sincerest sympathy to all of Kenny's family and friends! Gayle, Allan, Danielle & Mitchell Yungwirth - Flin Flon, MB - Posted by: Gayle & Allan Yungwirth (Friends From Flin Flon) on: Aug 29, 2014

  • Ken was a tremendous presence, support, & giver of advice. He put other's needs before his own & was always willing to help. Ken brought much joy to our neighbourhood on Hedges & found a connection with everyone he met. He made my firstborn son Connor feel like a little king & took time to speak w/him often. Let a 5yr old know he too was important. It didn't matter what he had going on, Ken always made time for the people in his life. Living next to Ken was very entertaining & if he spotted me he'd always holler over & have me nearly peeing myself in laughter or beet red w/embarrassment. As a teenager I enjoyed our many games of hoops in the driveway & his excuses for missing his shot. We had many good talks over the 25yrs I knew Ken. Ken to me was like another parental figure; always supportive, never judging, always listening, & giving advice w/the biggest heart anyone could have. That is why I made him the Godfather to my daughter. Ken, We will miss your many jokes, great stories, advice, & that distinct enthusiastic voice w/smile to match. Hedges Bay will be pretty quiet without you. I speak for myself, my father John, mother Margo, Kids Luke, Sonya, & especially Connor. Our sincere condolences to Dan & Hill, Tom, Ruth, Christina, & of course Cheryle. Much peace. -Jim Trimble - Posted by: Jim Trimble (Neighbour & close family friend) on: Aug 29, 2014

  • My sincere condolences. Gone much too soon - Posted by: Dave McMullen (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2014

  • Ruth and Tom - We were shocked to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincerest condolences. - Posted by: Doug and Sharon Henry (Fellow Hams) on: Aug 28, 2014

  • Our condolences to the Mills family. Saddened to hear of Ken's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. I first met Ken at the International Peace Garden (Hamfest) in the mid 1960's. - Posted by: Bruce and Debbie Johnson (Ve4KQ.) (Old friend of the family) on: Aug 28, 2014

  • Our heartfelt condolences to yourselves and to your entire family Tom and Ruth. You will be in our thoughts today..... - Posted by: Michael Tomkewich and Michele Fagg (Friends) on: Aug 28, 2014

  • My deepest condolences to Ruth, Tom and Family. - Posted by: Robert Jacobs (VE4RCJ) (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2014

  • I had just talked with Ken leaving coffee a few weeks ago. I was stunned when I picked up last Saturday's paper late in the day. Tom and Ruth, my thoughts are with you and your family. - Posted by: Maiko Langelaar () on: Aug 28, 2014

  • My good friend, my brother, my confidant. You touched all our lives in many ways and the world is a better place because of you. There is a bond between firefighters that can never be broken and your passing only strengthens that bond. I miss you buddy but you will never be forgotten. - Posted by: Ron Schmitz (Retired Captain with the Winnipeg Fire Department) on: Aug 28, 2014

  • you always knew when Ken was in a room. with his big smile and big voice, he was a kind, caring person who deeply cared about people. When my husband Ron was in the hospital with meningitis, Ken called to see how I was doing and offered comforting words. He will be missed, especially by my husband Ron. - Posted by: Carol Schmita (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2014

  • it was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden passing of Ken. Our deepest condolences to Ruth and Tom, Ken's sisters, their families, to his children, Daniel and Hillary and to Christina and Kierra. May your fond memories of Ken be of some comfort during this difficult time and in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Lucille & Biagio Bisignano (cousin to Ruth) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • Grant, Dave, Matt and I were stunned to have learned of Ken's passing. He was a great fellow, always had a funny story to tell, a big smile on his face and never passed by without a cheery hello. We'll really miss him! - Posted by: Grant and Heather Polonuk (Neighbours) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • Sooo very sorry to hear of the passing of Ken Mills, a son, a father, a brother and a great friend. My thoughts go out to the family. He was a wonderful caring man. He would do anything for anybody. I know about his cooking for many people. You will be sadly missed from your second home of friends that were at Sobeys cavalier. R.I.P my friend <3 - Posted by: Christal () on: Aug 27, 2014

  • To Tom, Ruth and family. I worked with Kenny at #1 prior to retiring and got to know Ken. It was much too soon. - Posted by: Ralph Ens (Retired Platoon Chief, #4 Platoon) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • Like so many others have posted, the first thing that pops into mind about Ken was the exuberant smile and enthusiasm. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing, but if I want to see that smile again, I just need to look at some of the other Mills or Jesson men. - Posted by: Colin Jesson (Brother in-law) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • We were so sorry for your loss Ruth and Tom, try to remember the good times. You're in our hearts and our prayers. - Posted by: Paul and Jean Arsenault ve4aey & ve4bel (friends) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • Ken Mills. He was loved by everyone. He will be missed by everyone. My sincere condolences to his family and other friends. I can only remember him laughing and smiling. K. - Posted by: Ken Swan (Friend/WPD/OFC) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • My heartfelt condolences go out to Ken's family. May his memory carry you forever. Ken was a great friend back at Daniel Mac. Ken is one of the funniest guys I know. No matter the situation, he could have everyone crying in laughter. Great memories. You will be missed my friend and never forgotten. - Posted by: Steve Pazdor (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • Our Deepest Sympathy and condolences to Tom, Ruth and Family....Ken will be missed by all.... - Posted by: Werner & Elaine Schwager (VE4UA) (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • My deepest condolences to the family...I met Kenny when I started with the city 2013.. He made me feel very welcomed as a new member of WFPS. Always had a smile and a new joke to tell ..even though I have not known Kenny for long I will miss him and his big smile... - Posted by: Sylvie Shachtay (Co-worker) on: Aug 27, 2014

  • So terribly sorry to hear about Ken's passing. It was a great shock as I had not seen Ken in a while. Our condolences to family. Would love to be able to attend however we are in Oregon. - Posted by: Keith & Joan and Therese Beach (Friends) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Ken was a passionate, sensitive and loving man, he adored his family. Ken was the life of the party. We will miss you. - Posted by: Stephane and Karen Simard (Friend, co worker) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I knew Kenny as a young boy. You couldn't help loving him. He would always find the right word to comfort you; was at ease in any situations. His courage, honesty, joy of life, his laughs, are qualities seldom seen at such an early age. He grew up in a loving family and we will make sure that he will be with us for ever in our thoughts. My condolences to Ruth and Tom, Judy and family, his children, Christina and Kierra. May a flock of angels watch over you. - Posted by: Marie-Louise Kmety (Friend) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Ruth, Tom, Wendy, Judy and Ken's family. Our condolences; sad news. I lived a few doors down from the Mills family on McDermot Avenue...wonderful memories. Judy relayed a story to me a few years ago; when Kenny's was 4 years old his Grandpa Paddy died and he was very sad...my Dad told Kenny he could be a Grandpa to him if he wanted. That helped Kenny be happy. We cannot attend the Celebration of Kenny's life, however, we will make a donation to the Winnipeg Fire Fighters Burn Fund. - Posted by: Sharon, Tom & Sydney Morton () on: Aug 26, 2014

  • It was with shock and disbelief that we heard of Ken's sudden and untimely passing. We have lived on the same street as Ken and his family for over 20 years. Our children grew up, went to school and played together. Ken was always there and involved whether it was school events, sports activities, Cubs or just chatting on the street. He faced life with humour but always knew when to be serious. Ken was always full of high emotion and was not afraid to express himself. His friendship and participation in our lives will not be forgotten nor will his smiling face. The street will not be the same without him. We will miss him greatly and send out our condolences and support to his whole family. - Posted by: Chris & Cathy Collier (Friends) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I first met Ken when we worked together at #4 station, Ken had just started and I had not been on the job very long. Ken made coming to work very enjoyable and a lot of fun. Ken was a good fireman, a guy that cared about the people he worked with and the people we were often sent to help. My heartfelt condolences to Tom and family. - Posted by: Frank Roberts (Friend) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I had the privilege of first meeting Daniel and your wonderful family when I began at Ness middle school. Soon after we signed up for extra curricular activities you were there to support Daniel Andy myself and whoever else needed a ride or anything. You had a great sense of humour and had the Astro van howling with laughter in no time. Even if it was me that was the brunt of the joke, I still could help but to laugh! As I grew up around your family your house was an open door. Everyone felt welcome at any time and Cheryl or yourself made sure we were looked after. We all got together for New Years annually and you made sure to point out how good looking a certain month of that firefighter calendar was! You always supported me and I will remember scoring a goal in playoffs and looking up and the first person I saw was you along the glass was yourself and I didn't even tell you we had a game... You supported me also through the tougher times in my life. We shared many good times along with some tough ones and I thank you for this. I will never forget your distinct voice and laugh. May your cheerful spirit live on in the rest of us. Rest in peace my friend - Posted by: Tyson M () on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Ken, work won't be the same without you. You always brought a smile to everyone's face, had great advice and fun conversations. Your heart was as big as your smile and you made everyone feel welcome at your station. I'll miss hearing your voice on A12 buddy. A big part of WFPS is missing. - Posted by: Rebecca Keddy (Co-worker WFPS) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Our condolences to the Mills family. Saddened to hear of Ken's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Cheryl & Chantelle O'Neale () on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Ken can't believe you are not with us anymore, we are going to miss you very much. My mom & I would sit on our couch & every time you walked by we would either say Oh there is Ken going on his daily walk or coming back from one, it made us happy to see you. You are a great friend & neighbor. Once again we love & miss you already. Take care my friend until we meet again! - Posted by: Luisa & Elena Carota (friend & neighbor) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I knew Ken in high school at DMCI and he was an awesome guy back then. Then his job had us reconnect when he responded to a 911 call regarding my aunt. Thankfully she was fine and the incident brought us back in contact. We learned that we only lived a few blocks away from each other. Then suddenly we started running each other in the neighbourhood. A quick chat here or there and then I found myself listening for that voice or laugh whenever I was out and about. He was always a pleasure to talk with. Always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I can't even begin to imagine the hundreds if not thousands of people he had this positive affect on. He was a people magnet, people were drawn to him because you always felt better after you spoke with him. He was special kind of person. Daniel, Hillary and family my deepest condolences to you all. What sadness you must be feeling now. Try to think of all the fun memories to carry you through. That's what your Dad would want. RIP Ken, you left the world a better place because of being here. - Posted by: Karen Franklin (Letvak) (Friend) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Me and you were ten years apart..so many wonderful memories and greats laughs over so many years..from going to grandma julie mills house for ice cream cones, you trying to teach me the muppet show theme song on the drums (complete epic fail on my part), to your ninja/Bruce lee nunchuck days, to calling me Dolly Parton, to making me feel like I was the most beautiful girl ever (even with my buck teeth)..you will be forever in my memories and in my heart..you were a gift to us all and I'm so proud I was able to call you my uncle..you are my hero and I will miss your laughter, your jokes, your sparkle, your friendship, your love..I will miss you.. "I won't say goodbye as for you and I will meet again!!"..xxx - Posted by: Christa O'Shaughnessy (Maskell) (Niece) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I heard this from Colleagues, and I did not want to believe it. Ken was a good man he always looked at life with a positive outlook. He was so proud of his kids and he always tried to educate me on how to be a better son, father and person from the mistakes he made. RIP Ken, a very sad day! - Posted by: Beyen Embafrash (Banker) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Tom, Ruth and family - our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face this difficult time. You raised a great son from the comments written, he touched a lot of people in his short life. - Posted by: Jane Masters (Grycko) (Family friend from the west end) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I am sorry for your loss. Blessings of comfort, many happy memories and peace to the Mill's family. Merle McTaggart - Posted by: Merle McTaggart (Many years ago a co - worker with Ruth Mills at MTS) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Ken was an amazing person. He had such a warming and uplifting spirit. He was always wanting to make you laugh (even if you didn't want to) and no doubt he would. Ken would always pull pranks and joke around, and he was an all around genuine, kind soul. Alongside Ken's joking and goofy nature, he also had a very deep side to him. He was always there to be a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. Ken always made me and anyone, feel like a part of the family. I hold many, MANY fond memories with Ken and the Mill's family and I will hold them tight. So sorry your life was cut short friend; simply means your humour and kind nature is needed elsewhere. Till we meet again- rest in paradise. Or, by the dashboard lights. - Posted by: Dayna (Family friend ) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I met Ken when he was very young. I remembered how alike he and his father were. I am so sorry Tom and Ruth for your great loss. - Posted by: Joanne Knowles. (Nee Page) (Friend of Tom and Ruth) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • So sorry your life was cut short. You are in a better place. God Bless You and your family. - Posted by: Carla and Garvin (Friend) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • I read this and I still cannot believe you are not here anymore. I have know Kenny almost my whole life. I grew up 3 houses over from him, and he has been my close friend ever since. We would talk for hours about travelling, or the family. His pride and joy are his kids. Ken was the life of the block. If he was outside you would see him make his way from neighbor to neighbor talking up a storm. Hedges Bay will never be the same without you Kenny. I have a million fond memories of you. But I also want to say thank you. You treated me like a daughter, always looking out for us growing up, and when my husband came, it was you that got him his first job. I love you my forever friend, and I will miss you always. - Posted by: Linda Gomez (friend) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • My deepest sympathy to Ken's family at this time. W.F.D. has lost a great Firefighter and friend. Ken you always made me laugh when you called, you will be missed far more than can be imagined. You have touched so many people we will never forget you. Rest in peace my brother and we will see you at the big one. xo - Posted by: patrick McCABE (co worker) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • That sly grin and wide smile was ever present and the world will be a bit dimmer without them. Kenny was one of those guys that when he started to smile, you found yourself smiling along with him AND everyone else in the room... and he was ALWAYS smiling. He made everyone feel special and important at all times. I remember as a new rookie, I worked with him on a day trade and he took me under his wing for the shift (and perhaps played a prank or two on me, but all in good fun ;) ) I had him as my captain a few weeks ago and my wife stopped by the hall. I went to talk to her out front and Ken came out, told one of his stories that she still laughs about, asked if he could get her anything or if she wanted to come in, made sure she felt welcomed and then left us shaking our heads and laughing. WFD and the guys and gals in station will most definitely miss Millsy. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and as you know, you ALL are part of our family as well. Anything you need, just let one of us know and it will be done. RIP my friend, and keep em laughing up there :) - Posted by: Craig Henry (co-worker/friend) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • Far too young and far too soon, Kenny could always lighten up a room, he didn't care what people were laughing at.. As long as they were laughing. He was a true character; a Jem at the hall. I was always happy to hear I was working with him.... I knew we would have some good laughs that tour. He had a way of making everyone feel special. He lived only a short time, but he had a lifetime of laughs. He will be missed. Too young, too soon. - Posted by: John Sparham (friend & co-worker) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • We wish to express our profound sympathy to Tom and Ruth and to the rest of Ken's family - Posted by: Clarke and Ruth Burnett (Fellow Ham, VE4MB) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • We are deeply saddened to learn of Ken's sudden passing - far too young and way to soon. We will always remember his quick wit and ability to make one feel at ease and laugh. Wishing Ken's immediate and extended family peace and comfort at such a difficulty time. Daniel & Hillary - May warm and happy memories of your Dad sustain you always in the days ahead. Willie & Rosalie (Cookie) Bornn Dauphin MB - Posted by: Rosalie & Willie Bornn (Family/Friend) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • What a shock it was to here of Ken's {"baby Squeeks"} passing. What wonderful memories my wife & have of his start of his firefighting career. his first major fire {he called us at home at 03:30 AM to tell us about his fire he attended} our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of your family Ken will always be in our thoughts and will miss him R.I.P. BABY SQUEEK - Posted by: Ron murray ( his past training officer and a brother firefighter) on: Aug 26, 2014

  • My first contact with Kenny Mills was at Hugh John McDonald school. Everyone knew him as Kenny Mills, he was friendly, fun to be with and very well liked by all who came in contact with him. I then had the experience to go to the Peace Gardens for a week and in our group was Kenny among other students and teachers. During our stay, he made us laugh, he played pranks, his smile was contagious, and when he was around, there was never any sadness. He moved on to DMI and that was the last time I heard of him. He made such an impression that I would often think about him and how nice a person he was. Kenny, thank you for bringing a smile to your fellow students as well as our science teacher Mr. Turman who only you could bring a smile to his face. Rest in peace friend. To Ken's family my condolences to all. Mr and Mrs Mills, thank you for raising a wonderful son. God Bless you all. - Posted by: Grace Torneiro (Junior high friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • I didn't have the pleasure of meeting your family, but my condolences go out to you for your loss. Ken was a wonderful high school friend who gave our group of friends lots of laughs. I'll always remember that wonderful smile and laugh. May you rest in peace. - Posted by: Laureen Rody (nee Ducharme) (High School Friend (Daniel McIntyre)) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • My sincerest condolences to the Mills and Bartko families. - Posted by: Valerie (Kostiuk) Adams (Childhood friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • Judy, Tim and family, our condolences at the loss of your brother, Ken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Please extend our condolences to your mom and dad and of course Daniel and Hilary .... God Bless all of you. - Posted by: Sheona and Dwayne Miller (Friend to Judy and Tim) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • Tom, Ruth, Judy and to all of Ken's family that we didn't have the pleasure to know, we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing and our thoughts are with you as you go through this very hard time. Ken helped make my freshman year at DMCI a lot less intimidating by being one of the ones to invite me into a group of very close friends that were a year ahead of me. Although we hadn't seen him in years, when he came to one of our home Christmas parties a few years ago, it was like we hadn't missed a day and he was so happy that we had included them after so many years. Always lots of laughs when he was around, and made everyone feel very welcome. Thanks for some really good times and putting smiles on all of our faces even now while we remember you. You will always be alive in all the people's hearts that were fortunate enough to have known you in your much too short life. - Posted by: Rhonda (Blondeau) & Ryan Galloway (High school friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • We are very saddened by the loss of Ken Mills. Our thoughts and prayers are with Christine and Kierra and all of Ken's family. Rest in peace Ken, you will be sorely missed. Wildwood Park has lost a wonderful man. - Posted by: Gary, Carol and Craig Hainsworth (Friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • We are very sorry to hear of ken's passing. Ken and I attended police and pal rifle lessons in our teens, he was a great shot , best on our team a true team player. Tom also has the privilege of working with ken,he was dedicated fire fighter and friend . Look to your memories to keep him alive in your hearts. - Posted by: Carol and Tom Piche (Friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • My deepest condolences to the family. It was common to see Ken volunteering for both Junior and High School activities. He was always happy go lucky - well respected and loved by all of the kids. He will be missed....RIP Ken. - Posted by: Marie Larsen (MacNeish) (Friend ) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • My sincere condolences go out to the fsmily. Ken was a great friend throughout high school and someone I will never forget. Great memories and great times. RIP - Posted by: Ken Ranson (High School Friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • I only knew you for a short time but everytime I saw you, you always had kind words to say. WWTPR will miss you. Chris and Kierra my thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Debby (Friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • Ken was a high school friend. Ken was the type of guy who could brighten a classroom or the cafeteria as soon as he walked in. I will always remember his smile and amazing sense of humor. So many memories. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Gone far to soon. Rest well Ken. - Posted by: Mike Kneisz (High School Friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • So sad far too young. One of the great guys to work with and we talked on a regular basis. I wish i would have some of his entertaining qualities. - Posted by: Michael T. Ruta (Co worker) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • I was shocked and saddened to hear of Ken's passing. I've known Ken since we were about 4 years old and I can't remember a time when he wasn't smiling or joking around. What a massive loss. I can't begin to imagine how shattered Ken's family must be but please know that my family and I send our sympathy with very heavy hearts. This world has definitely lost a wonderful man. Heaven is so very lucky to have this angel. - Posted by: Karen Sagness (nee Nelson) (Childhood and high school friends) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • Sending my deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers Tom, Ruth and Judy. - Posted by: Tannis Mack(Turman) () on: Aug 25, 2014

  • I pass along my sincerest condolences to your family during this difficult time. I have had the pleasure of working alongside Ken for the past 14 years. He was always laughing and smiling no matter what was taking place in his life. He always made the time to lend an ear when you needed one. Ken was quite the story teller, no one else could tell a story like he. It saddens my heart that he has been taken so soon, but I rest knowing he's now in a far better place. - Posted by: David (Dilly) Dilworth (Fellow Firefighter and Friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • Shocked and sad - was never a dull moment working with Ken, always a smile & also a devilish grin. No worries for having your back & treated me like one of the guys. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Janice Thomson (co-worker) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • Ken is an old friend from high school, who always had something funny to say. I am very sad about this and would like to give my condolences to his family. Gone way too soon. - Posted by: Ed Rakar (High School Friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • Many happy memories of hockey at West End M.C.C. Ken was our goalie and his dad Tom was on many occassions the only driver with his van filled beyond capacity. Also lots of good memories at Hugh John Mcdonald and Montcalm. My sincerest condolences to the Mills family. - Posted by: Rob Glennie (childhood friend) on: Aug 25, 2014

  • I have known Ken for most of my career. Although we worked on opposite shifts, we often met in passing. Ken always had a smile, and although he wasn't a big guy, you always heard him before you saw him! In the last few years it has been my privilege to become better friends with Ken. Having similar life experiences, and being able to share those, developed a closer friendship between us. It seems so unfair, that as Ken's life was getting back on track, he has been taken from us. We talked just a few weeks back, and he was so happy about his promotion, his relationship with his kids, and life in general. Life was good for Ken and getting better each day. My heartfelt condolences to all of Ken's family. I will miss him. - Posted by: Brent Cheater (Friend and coworker) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • Shocked and saddened to hear the sudden passing of Ken, one of my childhood buddies...My thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time of sorrow... - Posted by: Darren Balzer (childhood friend) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • I was very taken aback by the passing of Ken. He was so smiley and full of joking and laughter. I used to spend a lot of time with Judy at her family home when we were in high school, and we would endure Ken's endless teasing. Judy my heart is extremely heavy for you and your family. I can't even begin to imagine the pain of your Mom and Dad. Please extend my heartfelt sympathies to all of your family. Please remember the love and hold the memories close to your heart, and know that he is only a memory away for you, standing close by. Love to you all, Sue. - Posted by: Sue Rehberg-Reid (Sister's High School Friend) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • Ken and I both had our tough moments together. At first, I felt hurt that he would now be apart of my family. As time went on, Ken taught me how life is too short to hate on others and look at life with a frown. He always told me how beautiful I was not only by appearance but by heart. All he wanted in life was for me to be happy, healthy and loved. He always made me smile and laugh at his cheesy jokes and faces. I am very blessed to have met him and to have him as apart of my life and family. I have not only lost a member to my family but a best friend. Ken will always be in my heart and there will not be a day that goes by that I won't miss they way be bugged me. Thank you Ken for changing my life. - Posted by: Kierra Morgan (Step Daughter ) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • My thoughts are with Ken's family at this time. I want them to know ,from someone who has worked beside Ken as a peer ,and has been supported by Ken as a friend , how much he will be missed. For 4 years we shared the small confines of number 18 station. The laughs and memories that were created ,only firefighters can appreciate. Ken was someone who needed your support at times , but was was also the first ,to offer his to you. Hilarious, Kind, Stubborn, Instinctive, Leader, Empathetic , all qualities I can immediately think of when speaking of Ken. Qualities that are synonymous with the term Firefighter. He loved our career and was a natural at performing it ! I wish I could have helped my friend in his time of need, as much as I know ,he would have helped me if I had similar needs. Rest well Ken, you will be missed by so many . "The Gong in Fact Was Sounded "! Your Brother, Doug Barr - Posted by: Doug Barr (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • My sincere sympathy to the Mills family on the passing of Ken. Myself and my family have very find memories of Ken and his sister Judy who was my childhood friend and our families were neighbours. - Posted by: Jennifer Thain (Trimble) (Childhood friend ) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • Our condolences to the family. Ken will be missed. We always enjoyed his humour and his offbeat antics at the lake! - Posted by: Bill and Gail Allen (Friends) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • I will forever miss you uncle ken. You've changed my life in many ways and I can't thank you enough for all you've done. You were loved by so many people and will continue to be loved. I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye. I wish I was there with you. I wish that you could just tell me one more funny story. I love you so much Uncle Ken! I can still hear you saying "Hi, I'm Ken Mills" rest in peace uncle Ken. You will never be forgotten. Love always... Brianna - Posted by: Brianna Sherman (Niece) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • Sincere condolences to all the family. I first met Ken when our sons where in grade six, and he jumped into my car wanting to catch a ride with me, and the boys, from Assiniboine Golf Course. He was smiling then, and every other time we met over the years. He was a pleasure to work with on school related functions, and brought humour to the situation. Was also a good friend in times of need. He has left us far too early. Daniel and Hillary, your Dad is watching from above, and has nothing but pride and love for you. RIP Ken. Lori Melcosky - Posted by: Lori Melcosky (friend) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • My sincere condolences go out to Ruth, Tom, and the entire Mills family. I haven't seen Kenny for a great many years, but I do remember looking up to him when I was a youngster. RIP Kenny. - Posted by: Mark Turman (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to Ken's family. We went to junior high and high school with Kenny and his sense of humour is what I remember most. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Cari and Carlos Goncalves (School friends) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • I remember Kenny when he first came on. Bright friendly kid who knew the drill because he was a legacy. Sqeeky's kid. I worked with him a few times even though we were on different shifts and I always liked him. He was a good firefighter. He always had your back if things got tough. He was a lot of fun in the station but he was serious about what he did and he did his best. Tommy, I have no words that can make this better for you. No man, especially a good man like you, should have to bury his child. I am very sad for both you and Kenny. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Co-worker) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • Millsy........Will miss your laughter and great sense of humour. It seems like only yesterday that you were the rookie at # 4 Station. Too young to go. Condolences to families. Our hearts are with you at this sad time. - Posted by: Ken & Debbie MacLeod (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • Very shocked and saddened to hear of Ken's passing. I am so sorry. I knew Kenny in high school and he always had the biggest smile and best laugh. You left this world far too early. Big hugs to Judy and your entire family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Sherril Martin (School friend ) on: Aug 24, 2014

  • I have known Kenny for 14 years as well as my son knowing him. Smiles were always there from Kenny. This year he dressed my son in the Fire Fighter's gear as of my request and he also loved my son. We had many talks on my front step and I will certainly miss those talks. You were and are by far my very good and best friend...Kenny!!! Paul and I will miss another Fire Fighter as I miss my dad as a Fire Fighter who passed in 1982. You will be missed my friend!!! - Posted by: Joe Tayloe (14 year friend) on: Aug 23, 2014

  • We will miss Ken's friendly smile and good nature.He made an impressive Santa Claus at Lakewood school[many years ago]. Thanks for looking after Joshua so well in Banff. May he rest in peace.Our condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed volunteering with Ken throughout the years. Keep looking UP Daniel and Hillary. - Posted by: John and Laurel Fraser (Friends) on: Aug 23, 2014

  • Worked and curled with Ken and I dont ever remember him not with a smile on his face. He had a very happy personality. Just a great guy to be around. This is very sad news as he left far too soon. Just hope you are going to a better place. The world can be very cruel sometimes. - Posted by: Bruce Meyers (Co-Worker) on: Aug 23, 2014

  • My condolences to your family. So sorry that we have lost you so young. It's been a time since I last saw you and my memory will always be your laughter. You always brought a smile to everyone that was with you. - Posted by: Shane Ferguson (Retired Co-Worker ) on: Aug 23, 2014

  • Shocked to say the least. Haven't seen or talked to him since 07. He even made working at one of the worst stations in the city a pleasure. Always enjoyed his company and sense of humour. Even last night when I thought about our times working together it brought a smile to my face and some laughs. I feel very sorry for his families loss. Kenny will be missed. I'll be thinking about you buddy. - Posted by: Tim Deacon () on: Aug 23, 2014

  • Our condolences to Family. He was a very nice person. - Posted by: Brian & Judy Frykas (Old Friend) on: Aug 23, 2014

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