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KENNETH (KEN) GEORGE BILYK

Date of Passing: Dec 08, 2013

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KENNETH (KEN) GEORGE BILYK September 1, 1947 ! December 8, 2013 Listen to the sounds of silence -- the Horn Man died. Ken was predeceased by his father, John; mother, Rose; and brother, Harry. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by Susan, his wife of 37 years; son, Greg (Lisa); brother, John (Tracey); sister-in-law, Eleanor Gordon; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. After his family and friends, sound and music were his first loves. Known as the man with ears like a dog; he heard things most people did not. Ken was respected throughout the industry and Bilyk Technologies worked with many architects and engineers to design the acoustics and sound systems for theatres, concert hall, and churches across Canada. Many performers such as Sugar n Spice, the Jury, the Mongrels, Bobby Vinton, Joan Rivers to name a few, benefited from his audio talents and hands at the controls. Ken never turned away a request for help. When asked a question, he had an answer. If he did not know enough about the topic, he would do extensive research. He was a self-taught computer enthusiast, more knowledgeable than most of the so called "experts", although he never charged for his computer expertise. Photography was another interest at which he excelled. He was an "information junkie" long before the phrase was coined. Nothing escaped the vortex of his thirsty mind. Indeed, as a pack rat, he usually had the original information stored somewhere in his home office. Ken was Susan's unofficial assistant, supporting her volunteer activities with MTS, her union and retiree group. Failing health slowed down his body, but did not diminish the pleasure he took in his family, friends, his dog Duke and cat Ginger. He was very proud of the man his beloved son, Greg, had become and was looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild next summer. A celebration of Ken's life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street. A private interment will take place later. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation or a preferred charity. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086 ejcoutu.com
Publish Date: Dec 13, 2013

KENNETH (KEN) GEORGE BILYK It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Ken Bilyk on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 66 years. In keeping with Ken's wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street. A longer obituary will follow in Friday's edition. The Coutu Family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086
Publish Date: Dec 12, 2013

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 13, 2013

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Hello Susan I am deeply sorry at this late date learning just now of Ken's passing. That's what comes of not staying in touch. What brought Ken to mind was a concert I just attended at Sturgeon Creek United Church in which my granddaughter was singing. I marvelled at the wonderful acoustics and sight lines in the church and wondered if by chance it was one of the ones he worked on with Harold Funk. Sure enough it was, and it was a distinct pleasure to experience some of Ken's fine craftsmanship first hand. He truly has enriched the world with some beautiful work still living after his passing. I most specially hope that you and your son are still doing well, and would be very glad to hear from you. My best wishes, Dave Sandeman - Posted by: Dave Sandeman (old friend and colleague) on: Nov 21, 2015

  • Dear Susan and Greg, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I'm sorry I can't be there to give you both my condolences in person; however I would if I could. My memories of Ken are positive and I remember him as a nice man with a gentle soul. I'm very sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Selena Abray (Paley) (friend) on: Dec 22, 2013

  • I am so sorry to hear about Ken. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Angie Carriere (Co worker and friend of Susan's) on: Dec 18, 2013

  • Sad to hear about Ken's passing. Remember Susan: The candle that burns brightest, burns briefest. It sounds like Ken shone very bright. - Posted by: Andy and Ruby Fredborg (MTS Friends) on: Dec 17, 2013

  • Dear Susan I hope you will feel the support of friends as you experience the loss of Ken. I recall also meeting Ken a couple of times, and he was always such a nice guy. I also continue to appreciate the sound system he installed at our Church decades ago, we still benefit from it. It was an excellent and complex installation as it is a large A shaped building, the Church on Portage Ave. at Omands Creek. - Posted by: John Penner (Worked with Susan at MTS) on: Dec 16, 2013

  • Dear Susan and Gregg. It is without saying my thoughts are for the both of you. You and Ken took me "in" with your friends and family. Ken was our wizard computer and resident photographer thoughout for the past years at our Canada Day celebrations and whenever Steve BBQs, Boxing Day parties. He even took portraits of Zoey on Zoey's birthday party. Again - my sympathies for you both. How many photographers do that. Going to miss you Ken. - Posted by: Leigh Miller (Friend and neighbour) on: Dec 16, 2013

  • May Beautiful Memories Give you strength in these difficult hours. Veronica Sichewski on behalf of the MTS VOLUNTEERS. - Posted by: Veronica Sichewski (MTS) on: Dec 16, 2013

  • My Friend Ken from school... we just re-met last month for breakfast for the first time in 50 years... we shared a lot in that short meeting... we'll do it again another time... Rest in Peace Ken Sorry for your loss Susan... take care - Posted by: Dennis Brown (Friend) on: Dec 15, 2013

  • Dear Susan and Gregg. It is without saying my thoughts are for the both of you. You and Ken took me "in" with your friends and family. Ken was our wizard computer and resident photographer throughout the past years at our Canada Day celebrations and whenever Steve BBQs, Boxing Day parties. He even took portraits of Zoey on Zoey's birthday party. Again - my sympathies for you both. How many photographers do that. Going to miss you Ken. - Posted by: Leigh Miller (Friend and neighbour) on: Dec 14, 2013

  • I am sorry to hear of the passing of Ken. Back in the 3CL days when we enjoyed our get-togethers, you and Ken were always very gracious hosts. Still being in the 'wet behind my ears' phase and Baby Duck being my 'wine of choice', I will never forget the album that Ken put on the stereo, on one of those occasions ----- and I was mesmerized. That album was Mystique by James Last --- powerful and uplifting music for me to this day. "Thank you Ken" - Posted by: Jennine Veenstra (Previous co-worker of Susan's) on: Dec 13, 2013

  • So sorry to see that Ken passed away, we are sorry for your loss; our thoughts are with you! Take care Susan and your family. Jeanette - Posted by: Jeanette & Bob Cherlet (Co worker and Friend of Susan's) on: Dec 13, 2013

  • A kind soul and a gentleman. He will be missed by all. My most sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Kim + Paul Pododworny (Friend) on: Dec 13, 2013

  • Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Ken sounds like an amazing man. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. - Posted by: Cindy Wright (MTS friend) on: Dec 13, 2013

  • I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I tried not to pester him too often with my trivial computer problems but it was so nice to know that I had a final backup person to go to when all else failed. I will really miss having that feeling of security. He was a man of many talents and I join with the many others that will miss him. My thoughts are with Susan and Greg. - Posted by: Murray Day (friend) on: Dec 13, 2013

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