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KENNETH (KENNY) W. SHIELDS It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth (Kenny) Shields at the St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 69 years. Complete obituary to appear at a later date. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2017

Condolences & Memories (27 entries)

  • Words cannot express the shock we felt as we heard the news about Kenny. He was truly a gentle and kind person who cared about his fans...I met Kenny when he played at Joe's Garage in Winnipeg...he came over to our table and sat with us and thanked us for coming out...I had never heard the band Streethart play before..my husband loved his music and spoke of Kenny a lot as he used to roadie for Ken years ago before Streetheart when he started to sing I understood why he loved his singing so much...Kenny's showmanship was wonderful and sooo loving to his fans....we will miss you Kenny but we will never forget you....much condolences to your wife, daughter family and band members, you Ken will live forever in our hearts.❤️ - Posted by: Sylvanna palmer (Fan) on: Aug 03, 2017

  • I was so very sad to hear that Kenny passed to the heavens. I knew Kenny through my late brother Dan. Most of Dan's world knew me as "Little Sister" - and Kenny was no different. When he rocked it out at Roar of the Rings in Winnipeg, I was right in front of the stage with my youngest son Kyle (who thought I was a rock star because I knew the band!!!) and Kenny kept looking my way with a furrowed brow. My kid wrote "Dan's Little Sister" on a napkin and held it up for Kenny to read. It absolutely made my day when Kenny finally put face to "name" and had a big grin on his face, he pointed at me and rocked it a little harder after that! I didn't get a chance to catch up with Kenny after the show to thank him. My very favourite Kenny moment was about 25 years ago. My brother Dan had been injured in a bar incident and landed in the hospital. QCK and Kenny all came out to see him, as I knew they would. Kenny pulled me aside and asked what he could do for Dan - and I told him Dan needed someone to drive his truck for him. Kenny said he would see what he could do and left with me with one of his hugs. NOT 20 minutes later, the nurse told me I had a call at the desk....it was Kenny - with the name of a guy that could and would drive Dan's truck for him as long as needed. 20 minutes. That's all it took. I've never forgotten that. Nor will I ever. Thank you Kenny....and it brings a smile to my face knowing that you and Dan are up there jammin' in the heavens! Rest in Peace my Friend. Lee-Ann Snydal aka Little Sister - Posted by: Lee-Ann Snydal (Friend) on: Aug 01, 2017

  • I grew up listening to Streetheart. As a teenager, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get to see them many times, and meet Kenny a few times over the years. At Rockin' The Fields of Minnedosa, he could always get the crowd going. Even playing Teenage Rage when requested. Kenny was a very gentle man who seemed to appreciate every blessing in his life. He would always take time to meet the fans and make you feel like you were important to him. I will miss him greatly. My condolences to his family, friends and fans. Life is too short, so enjoy each and everyday. Be kind to one another. - Posted by: Laura L. (fan and friend) on: Jul 28, 2017

  • Feeling quite sad about Kenny's passing. Remember seeing him at the Osborne Village Hotel(zoo) around 1986 or so. Wow,what a performance within 3 minutes he had a full on sweat and just doing an amazing job of entertaining the crowd. Absolutely an amazing front man. Kenny those memories will last forever. Thanks for all the great times. I don't know if he received the" Order of Canada" but he's got my vote. Rest in peace. Wishing family, friends and fans of Kenny much serenity. - Posted by: Blair Kerr (Fan) on: Jul 27, 2017

  • I was blessed to have met Kenny at one of the schools I worked at and many talks with him as he spent time with my self. You will be forever in your fans and friends' hearts RIP my friend till we meet in heaven. - Posted by: John Pirrie ( friend) on: Jul 27, 2017

  • Streetheart and Kenny Shields made my challenging youth a much better place. I always felt if a home town boy like Kenny can be so talented and great, we all could be. Thank you and enjoy your new journey Ken...See you on the other side!!! - Posted by: Donny Lalonde (fan) on: Jul 27, 2017

  • The loss of Kenny Shields has left me with the urge to tell a story that I found quite amusing! In the mid 90s I was at a Regina Pats hockey game and during the National anthem I was right blown away by the guy behind me who was outright rocking the anthem! As the anthem ended, curiosity was just killing me so I just had to turn around...Unbelievable, Kenny Shields!!! I gave him one of those awkward "holy shit it's Kenny Shields rocking the anthem" looks! He smiled back as if to say "glad you enjoyed it"! I did! I will miss his shows but will certainly cherish this memory of a lifetime. RIP Kenny! Love and Light! - Posted by: Gary J King (Appreciative fan) on: Jul 26, 2017

  • Heartbroken to hear the news of Kenny's passing.💔 I was hoping and praying that he would have a full recovery and live out the rest of his days in serene happiness. I saw Streetheart perform in Oshawa and Burlington, Ontario in the late '70's/early '80's and was very fortunate to meet and spend a little time with Kenny and the band backstage. As every fan who has met Kenny has said, he was very kind and made you feel like he just made a new friend.🙂 I have many photos and autographs and memories that I will cherish forever! I was so excited to think that Streetheart might come back to Southern Ontario this year so that I could thank Kenny for the music and the memories and the kindness! I even tried to see if we could get Streetheart to play at Burlington's Sound Of Music Festival in June...unsuccessfully.😔 My sincere condolences to Elena, Julia, Sharlene, family, friends, bandmates, colleagues, and fans. Heaven's choir just gained an amazing soloist🎤 - Posted by: Sonya Skolik (Fan) on: Jul 26, 2017

  • Wow. We knew Kenny was having some health probs, but sure did not expect to hear the announcement last week that he had passed away. My husband and I have been Kenny Shields/Streetheart fans for over forty years, and almost never missed a Winnipeg concert. We are also thankful that our granddaughter was able to see Streetheart a couple of years ago at Assiniboine Park with us when she was 11 years old. She still proudly wears her Streetheart t-shirt. We'll always remember, when we lived in Regina in the 70's, listening to "One More Time" as the Regina Pats came onto the ice, and can always picture Kenny pinching his two fingers together when singing "Can You Feel It" ("just a little, just a little"). To Kenny's family and band members, please accept our heartfelt condolences for your huge and incredibly sad loss. - Posted by: Chuck and Carol Wilson (Fans) on: Jul 26, 2017

  • As a musician and technician myself, I have followed Kenny for at least 50 years in Saskatchewan. I remember hearing him when he was starting out with the first Witness.....He has always been a mainstay for Canada. The rest of the world has truly missed out on this amazing talented front man. Always gave 100%. His audience appeal was like NO other...his magnetism and vocal ability was one of a kind. He has had ups and downs in life's journey but always, as cream does, rose to the top. He was highly respected, and will always be number 1 to me and ALL of his followers in the world of music.. He loved performing, lived and loved life and despite challenges, sang with the best of musical melody always, always in place. May your new musical journey carry you onward and upward. My condolences to Elena and all of Kenny's family and friends and to his extended family, his amazing talented band mates!!! Kenny you will have Universal success. You will never be forgotten. Rock on my friend, this was merely a stepping stone for you....a true gentleman, a loving friend, husband and father and a genuine true top shelf one of a kind musician..... with a gentle hug, CHEERS MATE!! - Posted by: edgar matysio (technical Friend) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • Gosh! Where do I begin? Easy... going to the Streetheart shows at all those great rock clubs in Winnipeg, and the first album "Meanwhile Back in Paris"... hooked for life! Incredible music, incredible band, and incredible Kenny... show after show for years. During my career life, I felt it was important to give back to the community, and I found out that Kenny felt the same. I was strolling down Corydon Ave. one day and ran into him coming out of a shop, and I thought to myself. "Holy crow! Kenny Shields!", so greeted him and he readily engaged with me. Jeepers! Here I am actually chatting with Kenny Shields! Kinda star-struck, I would say. He was so nice! I had already been thinking up ideas about putting together a charity event, a live rock music fundraiser for the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Support of Manitoba Special Olympics, so I flat out asked him if he would perform, and he immediately agreed! Jumpin jiminny crickets! We had hit it off immediately, and became friends, not only for the gig itself, but for the months and years to follow. He brought the boys in the Kenny Shields Band to the event, Cops & Rockers at Club St. B, and, of course, kicked ass at the show! At some point, I had introduced Kenny to my really, really favourite Ken, my dear late father. When Dad had a severe stroke, Kenny came with me for support and cheery chat at Deer Lodge Hospital and also at Dads condo when he was discharged. It was so good and wonderful. And when a dear colleague of mine passed, another terrific Ken, Kenny came to the service where I gave a eulogy. That is the kind of man Kenny Shields is, and I am so, so blessed to have been able to call him my friend. I offer my deepest condolences to Elena, Julia, and your families, and to Kennys bandmates throughout the years. And Kenny, thank you for your friendship, and the joy you, and and your music , has given me all this time... I will have fond memories forever. I will see ya down the line... meanwhile, rock-em up there! Gotta remember to bring my tambourine... - Posted by: Earl Skundberg (Fan and friend) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • When I was 16 my older brother handed me Meanwhile Back In Paris and said "you might like this". That was the day Streetheart took their place at the top of the pedestal in my book. Being from the west coast there was no shortage of great Canadian music in the late 70s but Kenny's voice took great to a new level. His use of different inflections during a vocal run touched something deep inside me that would swell my throat and tear my eyes. Then and now. About 4 years ago I had the opportunity to meet Kenny and say "Thank-you". A very gentle and appreciative man who was genuinely grateful for the life he was blessed with and the people who supported his music. I will never forget that night when I got to meet one of my heroes and I will never forget what a kind and gracious person he was. Rest in peace Kenny, and Thank-you for all you gave to us. - Posted by: Greg C (Life long fan) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • First time I saw Kenny and Streetheart play was in Regina when he opened for Trooper. I was mesmerized by his persona. Since then he has performed many times and the magic is always there. No other rendition of Under my Thumb sounds truer than Kenny's cover of this song. His ability to recognize my face (but not my name) even though time passed between appearances shows his devotion to his fans. He will be missed beyond measure. To his family, friends and fellow musicians, my heart cries for you. Sending love and support to you all, now and always, as you embark on a life empty of Kenny's physical presence. His soul is now unbound and if you take a moment, draw a deep breath, you will feel him whenever you need him. - Posted by: Kimbe (Fan) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • I have loved Kenny and his voice since first seeing Streetheart perform in 1979 at the Playhouse Theatre when I was 16 ... He was the Mick Jagger of Winnipeg, the way he ruled the stage and strutted his stuff! His voice will never be duplicated and he was always very kind to my brother and myselfand he was such a kind hearted gentleman, who rocked like no other, you will be missed Kenny! The rock n roll twins, Gloria and Eric - Posted by: Gloria Dignazio (super fan) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • my condolences to Kennys family and bandmates. He played in Thunder Bay last month and he was always a favorite. He made us smile and brought back memories for us who have listened to his music for awhile. Me and my sister attended the concert and we both were happy to hear him "One More Time" - Posted by: shirley robinson (fan) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • I knew Kenny, and was proud to be on stage with him numerous times when I would introduce him and Streetheart to cheering crowds.Quite a thrill for a huge fan! Backstage, we would just hang out and chat forever! The last time we went out to Boston Pizza for coffee, Kenny signed all of my albums, and we spent hours laughing up a storm. That's who Kenny was. A true gentleman, and will be missed by musicians and fans alike. I haves already gotten a hold of CITI FM to try organize a tribute to one of the best front men ever. Rest well, my friend. You certainly raised the bar while you were here! - Posted by: Ian Shanley (Friend) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • I started listening to Kenny Shields & streetheart where their music first came out the late seventies and I never went to their concerts back then but I did listen to streetheart playing on the radio and finally have a wonderful privilege of seeing Kenny Shields & streetheart performed for the very first time in 2011 and after that there was rarely one of his concerts that I would miss. Such a wonderful talented musician beautiful voice so unique one of a kind and such a gentle man always so kind and sweet to give me a hug and a kiss on the cheek and I will always remember how wonderful he smelled of Roma. My sincerest condolences to a Elena and his family and his band mates. You will be so missed Mr. Kenny Shields. - Posted by: Mimi M'ria (Fan) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • Met Kenny way back in the 80's when Streetheart performed at Memorial Stadium in St Johns's Nfld Such an out going person. We needed his autograph and Kenny obliged by signing a newly bought Streetheart t shirt on my wife's "back"!!! Canada has lost a tremendous musician and vocalist His voice will continue on like all the memories we all have of this great person. Rest in peace Kenny Condolences to Kennys wife and daughter and family Special thanks to the band and his special buddy Jeff - Posted by: Wayne Marshall (Long time fan) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • Our condolences to family and friends of Kenny Shields. We enjoyed his music for decades, having seen him perform many times in Winnipeg, plus as recently as late June at Dauphin's Country Fest. He really made his mark, and left this world away too soon. We will always have fond memories of him, and his music will live on. - Posted by: Bev & Rod Smith (Fans) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • Soo Sad to hear... We have lost another Icon in Canadian music.. 😢😢😢. RIP Kenny Shields ❤️🙏🏻 Condolences to Kenny's Family, friends and to his forever band mates (family).. ❤️❤️ Love his music my Favorite band since I first saw them in concert in Jan 1981 at the old Winnipeg Arena and that Great voice of his, even to this day that voice was still there and sounded Awesome in concerts...🙏🏻❤️😢 My husband and I went to many concerts at the Clubs over the years in Wpg, Kenny and the band were always so Gracious at the Meet and Greets after the concerts. I have autographs, pictures with Kenny...Thank you, Kenny... For the memories ❤️❤️❤️ - Posted by: Debbie Beger (Fan talked to Kenny and the band after concerts on numerous occasions) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • Met Kenny in Whitecourt, AB when Streetheart came to play. He was a sweet and talented man and will be truly missed! Enjoyed his stories with the band...and his singing was amazing! Took me back to my teens in the 70's loving Streetheart songs! Sending my thoughts to his friends and family at this time. - Posted by: LANA M (FAN) on: Jul 24, 2017

  • Hugs to Kenny's family from us. Kenny was a part of our world as he performed in several venues from the 60's thru to this past Canada Day. Our hearts are filled with a sadness, but ever grateful for all the times we were able to say "thank you" for the concert and time spent talking with us. His music will always bring thoughts of happy times and the great music from a great performer. - Posted by: Lezley & Lee Zwaal (fans ) on: Jul 24, 2017

  • I have followed Kenny since I was in high school in Saskatoon in the 1960's. He played small venues in Saskatoon and had Les Bateman and Allen Ayers as part of his band. I was very proud to have Allen teach one of my daughters electric guitar in the 1990's as I was so impressed that he was part of the band. I followed Kenny Shields thru the 1990's, 2000's and would have seen him at Rock the River later this summer in Saskatoon. Even though we did not know each other personally, it felt like we were close friends, he made everyone feel that way. RIP Kenny, and I hope you make it big in Rock n' roll heaven. You will be missed very dearly. Wally R. - Posted by: Wally Romanuck (Avid fan since 1967) on: Jul 24, 2017

  • Condolences to Kenny's family and his band members. Kenny will always be remembered for his awesome voice and being a major player in the Canadian music industry. Thanks for the many great concerts. RIP. - Posted by: Tim B. (Fan) on: Jul 24, 2017

  • Kenny you were the best. Saw Streetheart for the 1st time at the Norlander Hotel when I was 19. I am now 52 saw Streetheart at the Lyric in the park and you just got better with age. All of us Canadian Rockers will miss you. You are a Legend my friend. Rocking Randall - Posted by: Rocking Randall (Friend Fan) on: Jul 24, 2017

  • Condolences to Kenny's family, and musical family (streetheart)! A huge musical influence on many lives, including mine from a teenager to an adult. Thanks for the beautiful music,.....forever in our hearts. You will not be forgotten, you are only one click of a playlist away. RIP beautiful soul, beautiful Kenny. - Posted by: Cathie Gowryluk (FAN ! ) on: Jul 24, 2017

  • A very sad time for music not only in Manitoba, but in Canada and abroad. Kenny was a fine ambassador of music and an amazing performer and man. He will sadly be missed, however, his music will remain forever. Peace to his family, friends and fans. - Posted by: Craig Wallace (A fan and fellow musician) on: Jul 24, 2017

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