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Born: Jun 11, 1957

Date of Passing: Mar 27, 2012

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KENNETH PETER TACIUM It is with great sadness that we announce the passing into the arms of the Lord, of Kenneth Peter Tacium, on March 27, 2012 at the age of 54. Ken was born in Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario, on June 11, 1957 and moved with his family to Winnipeg in 1967. Beloved son of Edward and Dorothy Tacium, loving brother to David and Debbie (Luc), and devoted uncle to Joel and Zachary, he will also be missed deeply by his cousins Ed (Natalia) Thomson of Edmonton, Patricia Styles of Winnipeg, Sue (Tim) Carlson of Thunder Bay, and John (Karen) Guyatt of Minden, Ontario. Ken was a senior partner with Tacium, Vincent and Orlikow, attorneys-at-law. He devoted many years of careful service to clients and was generous to a fault towards his family, friends and numerous charities, including The Movement Centre of Manitoba, spinal cord research, Salvation Army Gifts for Kids, The Winnipeg Humane Society and Ducks Unlimited - all hallmarks of his keen sensitivity to people and animals. Over 14 years ago, Ken sat down with a good friend and put every detail in place to set up The Movement Centre, a non-profit organization devoted to improving the physical health of children and adults with physical disabilities. He sat on the board of the organization for several years and stayed on as their personal legal advisor. Forever placing the concerns of others above his own, he exhibited great bravery, perseverance and essential goodness in all aspects of his life. The mutual devotion and love between Ken and his parents, along with the unrelenting support of friends and family, are a testament to the love he gave and received, and his determination to succeed in his profession and his life. Ken graduated from Windsor Park Collegiate in 1975. As a teenager he was a perennial presence on the St. Boniface - St. Vital sports scene. He played a talented left-wing for several years with the St. Boniface Saints of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, football with the St. Vital Bulldogs and Mustangs, and hard-working catcher on various baseball teams. He also enjoyed outdoor activities, and participated in many escapades with friends. Among these was a memorable road trip through the western United States, from which he returned with specially selected gifts and a few stories to tell. In 1979, Ken suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a car accident. In spite of the myriad physical obstacles he faced every day as a C6-7 quadriplegic, he went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1980 and his LLD in 1985 from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He articled for a year with the Attorney General of the Government of Manitoba. He started his own practice from an office in his home with the assistance of his dad, who delivered documents and served as his right-hand man for many years. In 1987, he joined two other partners in opening up a practice at the corner of St. Anne's Road and Fermor Avenue. For the building, he commissioned the painting of a mural evoking a Manitoba landscape and migratory birds. The energy and resilience he had once put into sports and outings, he continued to invest in his work, extensive reading in history and politics, activities with his friends and private time with his family. He especially enjoyed visits with his nephews, who came to Winnipeg to spend every Christmas and a few weeks each summer at his side. Together, they would trade jokes and word play, invent original card games, toss the ball, and engage in games involving military strategy. Ken also transmitted his keen interest for history and appreciation for absurdist humour to Joel and Zachary. Thanks to the exemplary devoted care of Dorothy, and the constant loving support of Edward, he was a pioneer in a reserved but fiercely independent way, tracing out his own personal path in the greater quest to include physically disabled people more fully in all realms of public life. The family would like to thank all of Ken's many friends for their presence and concern, in particular Tom, Ray, David V., John, Murray and Paul for their ever-present support in recent months. He will be sorely missed by a large circle of friends old and new, and by his family who will treasure his life and memory more than words can express. The memorial service will be held on Easter Monday, April 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., at the Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church on 500 Lagimodière Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Spinal Cord Research Centre at the University of Manitoba, 436 BMSB, 745 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3E 0J9. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at Glen Lawn Funeral Home 982-7550

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 31, 2012

Condolences & Memories (49 entries)

  • David, it has been many decades since I last saw you. I looked you up and found the notice about your brother. Life is so brief and we face the unexpected from every vantage point. What a hope we have when we place the full weight of our dependence on Jesus of Nazareth. I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 - Posted by: Bruce Carlson (Friend of David from Westfort Baptist Church) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Just heard about Ken's passing a couple weeks ago. Ken was a good man and was always very nice to talk with, he'll always be a memory of what I consider as RESPECTABLE, FRIENDLY, and WISE. RIP Ken. - Posted by: Dennis Spence (Client and friend) on: May 14, 2013

  • Ken impacted my life in many ways . We should of had more lunches!!!!! I miss you buddy.... - Posted by: Ken Taylor (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2012

  • He was one of the best friends ever, I miss him very much and think of him all the time...He's not heavy, he's my brother. - Posted by: Shannon & Keith Henwood (Friends) on: Oct 19, 2012

  • I was so saddened to hear about Ken's passing. He was a well respected lawyer and I admired him greatly. Rest in peace Ken. - Posted by: Janie A. Duncan () on: Jul 03, 2012

  • Ken was an old schoolmate and friend who I had the pleasure of playing football with on the St. Boniface Warriors football club in the 70's having shared in a city championship victory. I'll always remember him as a good person and great athlete who always had time for everyone and judged no one harshly. Never forgotten Ken...hope the next part of your journey is one of peace and grace - Posted by: Neil Sinnott (Friend) on: May 30, 2012

  • To Ken's family and his co-workers, I was shocked to hear of Ken's passing. Ken had been our lawyer for many years and helped us with our real estate adventures as we bought and sold over the years. He will be sadly missed, God Bless Him. - Posted by: John & Maureen Scott (Client) on: Apr 18, 2012

  • Ken was my lawyer for many years. He was always the consummate professional, showing kindness and compassion in addition to his legal skills. His passing is a great loss for the legal community. But not only was he a wonderful lawyer, he was a great person as well. My sincere condolences are extended to the family in their loss. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Karen Lee (Client) on: Apr 17, 2012

  • I am shocked to hear this news. I as a new immigrant he help me a lot in different ways. Me and my family will miss you. - Posted by: Anoop Mathew (Client) on: Apr 16, 2012

  • We got home today after being away for some weeks and were shocked to have a telephone message telling us of Ken's passing. May you be comforted by the many wonderful memories and God's loving presence. Kay & David Pankratz - Posted by: Kay & David Pankratz (Friend) on: Apr 14, 2012

  • From the first time I met Ken in law school, I thought he was pretty special. He had a gentle, friendly nature and I was so very impressed with his quiet determination to succeed, especially when faced with more than the usual share of challenges that law school presents. I was truly saddened to hear of his passing and, now, reading the wonderful tribute I can see that I really didn't know how much he had done for his community. His good deeds obviously didn't go unnoticed by the many people he helped. You can be very proud of him. He was a fine member of the legal community and, by the sounds of it, a wonderfully balanced individual who gave so much of himself to others. My condolences to you on your loss. - Posted by: Darcia Senft (fellow member of the Bar) on: Apr 13, 2012

  • Ken was my lawyer for more than 15 years but more importantly, I always felt he was a friend. Reading the other comments here, it is clear that Ken was a friend to many. I was introduced to Ken by my father, a Social Worker, who brought him many clients over the years who had more problems than money. Ken provided them with legal help for little or no charge. My dad respected and admired Ken very much. I saw Ken on my own routine legal matters a number of times over the years and we always shared some laughs, along with the business. I knew I was in capable hands. When my dad died in 2010, Ken attended his memorial and I was so touched to see him there. Ken was a wonderful, caring person who will be greatly missed by many. What a loss! - Posted by: Miriam Browne (Client/Friend) on: Apr 10, 2012

  • Together with my sisters Mona and Susan Taubensee of Vancouver, we are very sad to hear of Ken's passing. Our paths have not crossed often enough since high school days at Windsor Park Collegiate and last year's 50th reunion. We wish to express our condolences to Ken's family in honour of the life of a man who overcame so much. May many happy memories help uplift everyone who mourns his loss. - Posted by: Joanne Pooles () on: Apr 09, 2012

  • I was introduced to Ken Tacium through his Windsor Park school friend: Rick Rougeau. I have kept in contact with Ken for 30 years however in the last 3 years, we have become close friends as we enjoyed our sushi lunches together. Ken knew one of my St. John's High School friends, Debbie Lang, she was Ken's rehab nurse when he was first injured. In 2010, St. John's 100 year school reunion, Debbie Lang-Jur had attended. I mentioned to her, it would be a great surprise if she dropped by Ken's office to say Hi. Debbie is a great girl, she did, Ken was overjoyed with the surprise visit! They exchanged email and phone numbers. Ken phoned me immediately after and advised me that was life changing for him. Three months later, I saw Ken, he had lost 30 pounds and had movement in his arms and torso! It was absolutely amazing! Ken no longer needed aids to hold a pen to write, he could now throw a ball and he could do the pelvic tilt! I keep thinking of our many conversations and delicious sushi lunches at Masa Restaurant. In fall of 2011, Ken surprised me at sushi lunch with our mutual friend, Kevin Coughlin was in town from Burlington, Ontario. We had a great time catching up on news from Ontario and my new business: Liquid Depot. I am so deeply saddened, words cannot express the hurt of losing such a wonderful, honest, supportive and intelligent man as my friend, Ken! My deepest sympathy to his family and friends! Ken has left me with great memories that I will always cherish. His best is; a surprise visit may not seem like much at the time but can mean the world to someone! Love you, Ken! Your friend, Colleen - Posted by: Colleen Brennan-Vandersteen (friend) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • Mr.and Mrs. Tacium, We have had the privilege of knowing Ken since he was a teenager and to watch him grow to be a wonderful person. We will miss his wry humour and will always remember him as a true friend. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Rick and Mary - Posted by: Rick and Mary Hinam (Friends) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • Ken will be missed for his support and his legal advice to the St. Vital Museum, he was always there when needed. - Posted by: Board Members - St. Vital Museum (Friend/Legal Advisor) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • Ken was our lawyer and also a good freind. We will miss him. - Posted by: GORDON AND JUNE BELL (Freind) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tacium: I had the pleasure of coaching Ken during his teens & was impressed with his quiet confidence & leadership at that early age. Ken was determined/dedicated & intelligent which lead his success in his law practice. Going to miss that wry smile that he carried so well! - Posted by: Bob Sulkers (hockey coach(midget & junenile)/friend/client) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • The greatest uncle to my two boys, a loving considerate brother for my wife. I know Jesus has set you free Ken. Lovingly, until we see each other in our glorified body. Luc. - Posted by: Luc Ladry (brother in law) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • Ken has been a good friend for many years. We had so many good times together. He has impacted each of our lives, and as a family, we will truly miss him. Rest in Peace, Kenny. - Posted by: John, Margy, Bryce & Sean Nelson (friend) on: Apr 08, 2012

  • Dear Dorothy, Ted, Debbie, David & family - you are in our thoughts & prayers at this time. You all were a blessing in Ken's life & he was indeed a blessing in yours. - Posted by: JIm & Helene Flynn (friends) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Dear Ed and Dorothy I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. It is never easy for parents to bury their child. God's blessings on you and your family as you live one day at a time with your lose. Ken was a very special person and a blessing to all that knew him. - Posted by: Ken Niziol (Friend/co-worker of Ed Tacuim) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • When I heard of Ken's passing I felt like somebody had just hit me with a 2x4. He was such a tough & fabulous Guy with a big heart. I thank his caring buddies, David V. and Murry P. for introducing him to me. Mr. and Mrs. Tacium - You raised a great son! - Posted by: Clancy Hildebrand (Friend ) on: Apr 07, 2012

  • Heavy Hearts way on us now in the passing of Ken. I have known Ken for over 15 yrs. My kitchen window faced the parking lot of Ken's work. I saw him come and go from work many of times. I broke the ice, and approached him one day and the rest is History! He became a friend and someone that was always there when I needed legal advice ! You will be very missed Ken..... - Posted by: Rachel Gobeil (Friend/ client) on: Apr 06, 2012

  • Ken will be greatly missed by myself and the entire Gittins family. Ken has been a great friend thru the years and has been our go to guy for all our legal needs. We especially liked meeting up after our family's annual Texas trip to deliver numerous different cans and bottles that he enjoyed collecting. He will be greatly missed and our prayer's are with his family. - Posted by: Scott Gittins (Friend) on: Apr 06, 2012

  • I administered the University Law Centre when Ken was a supervisor for the law students who volunteered their services. Ken was very good with them and they truly appreciated his gentle guidance. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Roberta Turner () on: Apr 05, 2012

  • We met Ken over the years and more recently to settle our mother's estate. When I called to have my will prepared I was shocked and saddened by this news. Reading the words of his life made me realize that the years between his dash were more constructive and determined than many of us. Happy to have known him. Everytime I drive by the corner office I will remember Ken. - Posted by: Laurie Gyde (Client , family friend) on: Apr 05, 2012

  • Cherish the memories. Ken will be sadly missed. - Posted by: Evelyn and Rose (Bidulka) Campbell (friend and client) on: Apr 05, 2012

  • My whole family loved Ken. We've known him for many, many years. My Auntie Louise, Uncle Robert and Auntie Terry always looked forward to his visits at their New Hong Kong Restaurant. He was the sweetest man and so kind to others. We will remember him and keep him in our hearts. - Posted by: Audrey (friend) on: Apr 04, 2012

  • I met Ken through friends well over 25 years ago and he also became my lawyer. He made me laugh and we had good times, he was always full of life and well respected by all. Rest In Peace my friend til we meet again. - Posted by: Juanita Fairbairn (Friend) on: Apr 03, 2012

  • I was sad to hear about Ken's passing when I called today to schedule an appointment. Ken was a humble, gentle and kind man. He was an outstanding lawyer who was highly respected by all his clients and his community; a legend and a true role model. His motivation is a real inspiration to us all. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten. - Posted by: Emmie Dryjski (long time client) on: Apr 03, 2012

  • I was a friend of Kenny's at Victoria Park School in Fort William. We had much fun playing the old neighbourhood...So sorry to hear of his passing... - Posted by: Pam Reimer (childhood friend) on: Apr 03, 2012

  • Ed & Dorothy, We were saddened to hear of Ken's passing. He was cetainly a son to be proud of, and he was a fine lawyer. Treasure your memories. - Posted by: Donna Archer & Fred Steeves (Friends) on: Apr 03, 2012

  • I first met Ken when he went to school with my brother. He later became our lawyer and was always a pleasure to deal with. We used to laugh when we ran into each other regularly at a favorite sushi restaurant! He was a great person with a gentle soul. - Posted by: Diane Paterson (Abrassart) (Friend and client) on: Apr 02, 2012

  • I first met Ken in Grade 7 when our Junior High school was being built, and we had to share buildings for a year. We all ate lunch together in the classroom, and I recall way back then his sense of humour. I later played football with Ken on St. Boniface Warriors. I am so sorry to hear of his passing, so moved by these words above, and wish his family my sincerest condolences. God bless - Posted by: Tim Self (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2012

  • I was deeply saddened to hear of Ken's passing. He was my lawyer for a number of years, and right from the first, I knew I was in very good hands. He was a lovely man, and I will remember him for the good and kind person that he was. My sincere condolences to his family. - Posted by: Debbie Svaling (Client) on: Apr 02, 2012

  • I was shocked and saddened to discover that Ken had passed. I came to know Ken back in 1988 when I was hired on as Tacium, McGarry, Vincent's first employee. I have fond memories of him as being a gentle and respectful person. I also very greatly admired him for his determination to be as independent as he could be. I extend my condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Karen Horbas (past employee) on: Apr 02, 2012

  • I first met Ken in Dec 1979. We were roomies for several months in the Rehab. I always admired his strength and even more his nutty sense of humor. We kept in touch professionally over the years. A kind man who will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Ron Collins (friend) on: Apr 02, 2012

  • Ken and his whole story had a huge impact. His story is a tribute to what is important. If there was ever any doubt about that the greatest gift one can have is family and friends look no farther than Ken's life. - Posted by: Roger Kane (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2012

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. He was so gentle and respectful in helping my family through many important times and I am so very sorry for the loss to his family, friends of whom I am sure there are many. - Posted by: Sheila McRae (client) on: Apr 02, 2012

  • I had the pleasure of being a friend of Ken's in high school and as a team ate on the football field with the St. Boniface Warriors championship team in 1975. Ken was always a pleasure to be around and a great teammate. His world outside football was much larger and his conctributions to all those organizations will be missed but always remembered. - Posted by: Jim Claggett (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2012

  • I've known Ken most of my life. He was a very dear and close friend of my parents. They shared a lot of great memories over the years. My dad spoke highly of Ken and I know he will be missed forever. - Posted by: Susan Friesen Stevenson (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2012

  • It was with great sadness I learned of Ken's passing. I have very fond memories of the time in our lives when we played hockey together. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ken's family, Jim Pascoe. - Posted by: Jim Pascoe (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2012

  • A great loss to the community. Ken will be missed deeply by all who knew him. RIP my friend. - Posted by: bob holliday (friend) on: Apr 01, 2012

  • We are sincerely sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Ken was always there when you needed him, always had the right answers, always took the time to explain everything. He surely will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to Ken's family. - Posted by: Steve & Carolyn Kowalchuk (Client) on: Apr 01, 2012

  • my relationship with Ken goes back to our day in the Arts lounge at UofM. Ken alway had a smile for everyone !! his remarkable journey was not a easy one but he was remarkable! And although his time with us has been cut short we all benefited by our time with Ken !! Heaven has a new angle today ! I'll miss you Pal - Posted by: tim cullen (friend) on: Mar 31, 2012

  • Sad news. Hope that Ken is in a better place. - Posted by: Scott Swail () on: Mar 31, 2012

  • Mr. & Mrs. Tacium: Ken was at our home a few weeks ago for dinner. We all shared stories and got a good laugh when we pulled out the pictures from our wedding when Ken served as one of our wedding party back in 1977! We all had a great time that night. We were very proud to be able to call Ken our friend and we were blessed to have him in our lives. We will miss him. You are in our prayers at this time. Bruce & Laurel - Posted by: Bruce & Laurel Breault (Friends) on: Mar 31, 2012

  • We are sorry for your loss. Ken was a young man I respected dearly. He is going to be missed for his friendship to so many and also being a great lawyer - my Mother and Father respected him as their lawyer for years. Hold on to all those wonderful memories.... Always Ken The McFarlane's & Van Elslander's - Posted by: Randy & Laurie Van Elslander (Friends) on: Mar 31, 2012

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