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Born: Oct 24, 1947

Date of Passing: Jul 21, 2017

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KENNY SHIELDS Peacefully, and surrounded by the love of his family, Kenny passed away on the morning of July 21, 2017. Kenny will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elena; daughter Julia (Josiah); sister Sharlene and her son Jeff; stepchildren Lida (Mike) their children Anthony and Isabella, Daniela, David; and extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his father Thomas, mother Alice, brother-in-law Lorne, and nephew David. Kenny was born on October 24, 1947 in Nokomis, Saskatchewan. This was where his love for music began. That love would eventually turn into a lifetime career in the Rock n' Roll industry. A career that would encompass the forming of many bands with many talented musicians. Perhaps the most influential band, Streetheart would go on to top the Canadian charts with non-stop hits that would eventually earn the band six gold albums, four platinum albums, a double platinum album, a gold single, two Ampex Golden Reel awards, a Music Express People's Choice Award as the most popular Canadian Act, and a Juno award. In 2003, Kenny Shields and Streetheart were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Association Hall of Fame. Despite his notoriety, Kenny lived his life with the utmost humbleness. His kindness, generosity, and ability to make everyone feel special were only a few of the traits that attributed to Kenny lighting up every room that he entered. We will remember Kenny for his kind heart, gentle soul, warm smile, big hugs, firm handshakes, and contagious laugh. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at the Club Regent Casino, 1425 Regent Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For those who desire, donations can be made in memory of Kenny to the charity of your choosing. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 05, 2017

Condolences & Memories (37 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to family and friends. Blessed to have shared your music. - Posted by: Lise (Fan) on: Sep 19, 2017

  • I'm the girl Chilliwack wrote the song My Girl about. Kenny, You will be sadly missed my friend, RIP. - Posted by: Vicki Poirier @mygirlvicki (Friend) on: Sep 10, 2017

  • I am originally from Vancouver, B.C. I think my big brother, Richard owned some of your earlier albums. I was discovering what my musical tastes were - they were varied. At a young age, I remember hearing your songs on the radio. We moved to Winnipeg in '98. I am very glad that my husband knew about your gig at the Lyric stage in Assinibpine Park (Winnipeg). This was several summers ago. I am a bit of a homebody nowadays, wasn't in the mood to go out that evening.....but I went to go & see you guys live. Wow, I was in for a real treat! We had a total BLAST that night, you guys sounded fantastic, & I did meet you (Kenny), after the show, I remember what a warm & genuine man you were. Then while on a long walk this summer, I saw the billboard for the Classic Rockfest. I wanted to go! And then came the news that you had passed away. I bought 2 tickets to the concert, & it was an amazing evening of music, & tributes. Tonight was your Celebration of Life, it was beautiful! Thank you for the legacy that you left behind, your music, how you made the world a kinder, more hopeful place. My deepest condolences to your family & friends. Rest in peace, & with love. - Posted by: Barbara Ypung (Fan) on: Aug 31, 2017

  • I first saw Streetheart in 1982 and still have the ticket stub and the memories. I was 12 years old. A huge part of my "life soundtrack". I was lucky to see them again a couple years ago and was blown away. I wanted to see them again but we have all been robbed of that chance. RIP Kenny. - Posted by: Scott Drysdale (Fan) on: Aug 30, 2017

  • My condolences to Kenny's family, friends, and band mates. I have known Kenny since I was 11 years old when he played in a band with my cousin Doug. I was fortunate to work with Kenny in Witness in 1975 as a roadie. Kenny was amazing to work with. He was always patient and always tried to help me grow each and every day. Since that time, whenever we met he would always give me a big hug! Like they say, years can go by but when you see a friend it's as if you saw each other yesterday. And that was true of Kenny. I am a better person having known Kenny Shields, and I will always consider him a friend! Until we meet again my friend, Rest in Peace. the Lord has asked Kenny to lead Heavens choir of angels in perfect harmony Harry Buzila - Posted by: Harry Buzila (friend) on: Aug 21, 2017

  • Gone too soon, gone too soon...The most amazing, enigmatic Master of the Stage and Microphone. Mr.Kenny Shields. From 1987-1989 I had the great pleasure/opportunity to play on the same stage as not only Kenny, but Daryl Guthiel, and Ken Spider Sinneave. I was humbled on many a gig just by their presence, authority, magnificence and profound chemistry. Thank you Gentlemen for changing my life and the lives of Millions over the years!! Rest in Peace Mr. Kenny Shields. Sincerely, Alec John Friesen, Winnipeg, MB Canada - Posted by: alexander john friesen (Friend/Band Mate Kenny Shields and StreetHeart band 1997-1999) on: Aug 19, 2017

  • I used to follow Kenny Shields and Street Heart to the pubs around Winnipeg. The Curtis Hotel was a real hot spot for us fans back in the seventies! My brother Ron Oswald had a band called the Solar Rift Orchestra and knew Kenny quite well during those years. As we all know, Kenny played at the Oak on Regent Avenue and the Casinos of Winnipeg. He was a great singer with that distinctive voice everyone knew so well. When they played their songs all the fans would be singing along with Kenny....quite touching actually! The whole band lit the room right up when they came onto any stage and the buzz was beautiful. I can still see him dancing around the stage and singing his heart out to his loyal fans. We all love you Kenny and miss you always. You have given us your best and this will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Gary Oswald (Huge Fan ) on: Aug 15, 2017

  • My condolences go out to Kenny's family and musical colleagues from the Streetheart family. Growing up in Winnipeg, the music of Kenny and Streetheart was a part of my youth all the way to today. Back in Winnipeg there was nothing out there like a Streetheart concert. Having worked for Streetheart alumni Bob Herb Ego and Spider, my meetings with Kenny were treasured memories of his tales from the road and spinal tap moments. Back when I was living in Winnipeg, every time I saw Kenny he would remind me that I "was famous". Thank You Kenny for the music and memories. You will be missed. - Posted by: Jamil Ahsan (Fan) on: Aug 14, 2017

  • We have so many fond memories of family Christmas' together, golf games and the Running Board Band. Julia your Dad was loved by us all as you are. He and Cathy are newbe's, but Celeste will show them around. Love you. - Posted by: Joan & Dave Paradee (Family & friends ) on: Aug 10, 2017

  • I was friends with Robert McBride, and worked at the airport in the early 80's. I had a few encounters with Kenny over the years, and spent time talking about his family (mom and dad) who he visited frequently in Arizona. He was a kind and respectful man who always had something nice to say when he saw me. I remember the happiness and sparkle in his eye when he told me he was getting married. He will always be missed and remembered by myself, and some of my close friends who knew him as well. My deepest sympathies to his family, I truly feel your loss. - Posted by: Henrietta Schroeder (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2017

  • Kenny, I treasure for the last four decades, miss to see you every two weeks with our deepest conversations. (Only your hairdresser know...) R. I. P. My dear friend. Daniel Man - Posted by: Daniel Man (Personal hairdresser / friend ) on: Aug 09, 2017

  • Kenny was not only a great singer but a very fine human being and a caring person !! - Posted by: Don Edwards (friend. and Booking Agent) on: Aug 08, 2017

  • My husband and I were really sad to hear about the passing of Kenny Shields. When we were young & starting out in Toronto (moved there from Saskatchewan in the 1970’s, to get jobs) we took a break from our struggling to go out & see this amazing band that played at the Gasworks, The El Mocambo, Maple Leaf Gardens, etc. They put a lot of joy into our lives. Lately, I bought Kenny’s solo album “Letting Go” CD from the website. His voice was just as amazing as ever. Betty & Art - Posted by: Betty and Art Braun (Fans) on: Aug 08, 2017

  • Had the honor and privilege of listening to your music since I was about 16 and I am 60 now and will continue to...RIP Kenny , You will be missed by me and many others.... - Posted by: Lydia L. (Huge fan ) on: Aug 07, 2017

  • I am saddened by the news of Mr. Shields passing. I had the great pleasure of going to my first Streetheart concert a couple years ago in Virden, Manitoba. I carried around my Streetheart album for over 30 years and I finally had it signed and pictures taken. It was a thrill of a lifetime! You know great music when you hear It! That voice! That voice! They sounded the same live and on vinyl. Most bands suck Live, But HE WAS THE BEST! - Posted by: Tracie Christensen (Fan) on: Aug 07, 2017

  • Thoughts and prayers are with you. Kenny was a fantastic entertainer and singer. Kenny will be greatly missed. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Karen Maxwell () on: Aug 06, 2017

  • My girlfriend and I where about 15 and street heart was at RCA records give out autographs we were in love 😍 got to shake their hands talk was so exciting. Loved their music still do. When I heard about kennys passing my heart was heavy and still is . Kenny is our legend and idol .He will be truly missed . He sure knew how to get everyone involved with his music I loved everyone I went too. Rip Kenny I know you will be Rockin up there . Rock on ❤️❤️❤️ - Posted by: Shauna Mattis (Forever fan) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • We enjoyed many, many Streetheart performances over the last 30+ years, with Kenny bringing indescribable joy to our lives. Kenny will be greatly missed and never forgotten. - Posted by: Clay Cracklen (Fan) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • I can't recall Kenny offstage without a big beaming smile. He was a giant talent and his heart was even bigger. He was a man of convictions but he was always empathetic to the people around him. He will continue to inspire many of us. - Posted by: CBG (Friend) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • Gone too soon - may you soar and continue to shine from above! 😇 - Posted by: Sharon Carter (Fan ) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • We go way back to when they were known as The Witnesses with Craig and Les...playing at the church dances in Saskatoon in the later 60's! Good times! His passing brought back many great memories. He will be missed. - Posted by: Linda Mcintosh (Friend) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • Although I didn't know Kenny personally I was always inspired by and admired his talent. My deepest heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends. He will be missed in the ever enchanting world of music and will surely live on in song and through the hearts of the millions of lives he touched everyday. - Posted by: Eve Spiropoulos (Longtime fan) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • My deepest sympathies to the family , friends and fans . You will be missed all around the world Kenny. Rest easy my friend. - Posted by: Brenda klym (A lifelong fan ) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • Kenny was a true friend as well as a talented singer. He always made an effort to visit Lawrence and myself whenever he was in the neighbourhood. Lawrence had MS and was wheelchair bound but Kenny always made an effort to come for a visit and catch up on school days memories with him. After Lawrence's passing this March Kenny made an effort to call and check up on me 3 times to see how I was doing. As I said, he was a true friend and he will be very, very missed. - Posted by: Linda Beeler (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • Kenny was the first real rock star Saskatoon knew. He was eight years older than me and electrifying to see live, even in the beginning. Saskatoon had a dynamic, prairie town music scene back then, much like Winnipeg. A whole lot of bands formed in the wake of Kenny's band Witness Inc, influenced by their professionalism and flat out talent. And then you would meet him in the local music store and he would talk to you (as if he were just like you) and give you encouragement. He was a genuinely nice guy. His passing is a huge loss. - Posted by: Jeff Surtees (life long fan) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • Many times we attended Streetheart concerts and enjoyed the music and the energy Kenny delivered. We will continue to celebrate Kenny's life thru the music and memories. - Posted by: Joey g (Fan) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • Thank you Kenny for being an important track in the soundtrack of my life. You will be missed but you live on in the music you've left behind. - Posted by: Trent Yochim (Lifelong fan) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • I first met Kenny in JANUARY 1978 at the Albion Hotel in Portage la Praire, where I was taking my psychiatric nursing. I was hooked from the opening bars of 'ACTION'. We furthered our friendship the following year, in Calgary, Red Deer and other places in Alberta. It was my honor and pleasure to be able to help him during his stressful life event in 2000, after going through his valve replacement and I being a nurse in his recover area. His mother Alice pulled me aside one day and asked me not ''is Kenny going to get better, but, ''is Kenny going to be able to sing again'' to which a replied a resounding YES! This continued into his days at home following surgery,, from getting him groceries to having a chat and tea together. Kenny and his health issues were never far from my mind. I had even named one of my cats Kenny, then was surprised as heck when I was vacationing and called home to find out how everyone was. My oldest son replied,, ''We are all good mum, except one of Kenny's kittens died''!!!! So our Kenny was a female, but that did not matter to us. Then came the years of success, and being honored and excited whenever those Fridays before Easter and Remembrance Day, knowing we would get a chance to see Kenny perform before all his adoring fans. We knew all the lyrics and it was a treasure to see his eyes light up and a smile come to his face when the crowd took over the lyrics. Yes we were all looking forward to seeing him a couple more times this year, but that was not to be. I am a better person for having Kenny as my lifelong friend. His soul was full of goodness, he made those around him spread good news. I loved him in the purest of ways and am so glad he had the support of loving family surrounding him at the end. Elena and Julia, you have a part of Kenny which is rare and special. Memories. Make the most of them. I know I will. And for the last time,,, Read all about It!! xoxox - Posted by: kelly mcgouran (friend) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • I knew you when you were just Kenny. You were enough even then. You were my cohort in school and my study partner. We beat all those younguns as you would say, with good marks. We laughed at our foibles and idiosyncronies. And we had goals and dreams and all of yours came true. Not everyone can say that Kenny. You were family to me and we embraced you. We couldn't go anywhere without fans coming up to you. You were always so humble. Little did I know what a star you were. You got it all back and more. I remember driving you home so you could read a bedtime story to your daughter. She was everything to you. I'll look for you in the stars above because that must be where you are. Until we meet again. Diane - Posted by: Diane Peters (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • When i lived in Nokomis, in 2005 it was homecoming year and Kenny was there to play at the cabaret that night. it was truly a memory hearing songs that i listened to growing up; one day my husband and i were walking down the street in Nokomis and we happened to run into Kenny. it was amazing just to stand there with him and chat about whatever we wanted. i later on had my picture taken (in town) with him, I got to see him here in Winnipeg in a concert in the park. amazing show! he will be missed but his music lives on. may he have a safe journey to home to his family that have already passed on. - Posted by: alani butler (we both lived in nokomis, sk ) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • Kenny was a dear friend and considered one of the family. I have known him my whole life. He will always hold a special place in my heart. Spent many memorable times together. Spent many hours together when I was growing up. He was like another brother He will be greatly missed and always loved. RIP dear friend. - Posted by: Bob and Noreen Walker (special friend) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • I met Kenny in Prince Albert in 2011. We chatted about music and Nokomis. He was happy that I brought my 11 year old daughter to the show. My condolences to Kennys family he will be missed. - Posted by: Pete Jones () on: Aug 05, 2017

  • When I heard the news my heart was broken and saddened, I just couldn't believe you were gone. I mean physically gone, because you are still here in spirit through your music and the love you have shared. One familiar song tittle "What kind of love is this"... I can tell you from the bottom of my heart, it's a family kind of love... your voice and music was and still is, the wallpaper of my life and many others. You will be missed but NEVER FORGOTTEN... sending love, condolences, respect and Strength to the Streetheart Family - Posted by: John Douglas (Fan & Friend) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • Thank you for the songs, thank you for the memories and thank you for your music touching my soul. - Posted by: Ron Buck (fan) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • Thank you for everything my friend...we will see you soon. Rest easy and godspeed - Posted by: Lorne macbeth () on: Aug 05, 2017

  • Had several occasions to chat with Kenny and his band Streetheart. Fond memories. Proud to be a Canadian playing a lot of Canadian music. Streetheart were always at the top of our play lists. So sorry to see a great one leave far too soon. A great loss. May his legacy continue amongst all his fans and friends. - Posted by: Ron Owen (Radio announce who played a lot of his music in the days of 33% of music played had to be Canadian.) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • An unbelievable soul gone too soon! The memories will last forever, the laugh, the voice, the handshake will stay close to my heart! You were a gentle human being that touched so many people near and far away! It was sad to watch you go but you're in good hands now! Rest easy Kenny, keep singing, keep laughing and keep smiling! Love you Mike! - Posted by: Mike Rodrigues (Family) on: Aug 05, 2017

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