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KENNETH A. FILKOW QC Kenneth A. Filkow QC, a prominent Manitoba lawyer, a leading member of the community and a devoted husband, father and grandfather passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014. Over his 73 years of life, Ken touched so many people in meaningful ways. Ken taught his children, Kevin, Shaun and Lainie, about the importance of living productive lives, about being caring individuals and about being aware of what's happening in the world around them. He was always available and supportive and wise in his advice. His grandchildren, Jesse and Ari Filkow in Vancouver, and Molly and Shae Borzykowski in Toronto thought he was a rock star. He was fun and creative; they loved his games and stories. He was a special father-in-law to Debbi-Jo Matias and to Bryan Borzykowski. Ken was a loving and proud husband. For 44 years, he and Sharon were a great force. They created a life, rich with family, friends and experiences. Sadly, Sharon passed away in June 2008. Ken very much missed her. Ken was an esteemed and highly sought-after lawyer. He had a distinguished legal career over 48 years. Without exception, his clients, and the lawyers and judges and others with whom he worked all had tremendous respect for him. Ken had a brilliant legal and strategic mind, extraordinary communication skills and negotiating abilities. There are many reasons why Ken was exceptional legal counsel, but the main one was that he loved what he did. To Ken, law wasn't a job it was a calling. There was never a day in his life where he didn't want to go to work, even when tackling very complicated cases. He took no shortcuts. He was a special mentor to many lawyers, junior and senior. Honesty and fairness were fundamental to his life and to his legal work. Ken did so much more he was the longest serving chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission; he ran Klondike Sterling Glove, the business his father, Alec and his mother, Evelyn started. He managed political campaigns and politicians at all levels would often call on him for advice. Ken had a lot of friends. Every day he would go for breakfast and lunch with the widest range of people. No one wanted to end a conversation with Ken. He was interesting and he was funny and he listened. He knew so much about so much. Many people confided in Ken and he helped them. As remarkable as Ken's life was, it wasn't always easy. He lost a son, he lost a wife and then became sick himself. How he carried himself in the last few months speaks volumes about the kind of person Ken was. He continued working, he made time for his children and grandchildren and he fought as hard as he could to keep living his life. Ken used to say that life is not for sissies, but while he recognized life was tough, he never complained. He loved life and he loved the people he met throughout it. Ken was loved, admired and respected. He will be missed. Donations can be made to the Ken and Sharon Filkow fund at Manitoba CancerCare.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 24, 2015
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
Barry & Barbara will always remember the trips our families took together. Ken always made us laugh, we just loved his humor & cherished our long friendship. Even though we lived on the west coast we would constantly try & see each other. He will always be missed,but rememberd with love & affection. Love to all the family, Barbara & Barry - Posted by: Barbara & Barry Cutler (Related by marriage good friends) on: Jan 29, 2015
I've known Mr. Ken Filkow for many years, actually when I started working with the Law Firm he was with in 1984. Mr. Filkow was a one of a kind man - very wise and he had his own sense of humour. I had the utmost respect for him, both as a "real" person and as a Lawyer. It was always a pleasure to help him out or to go and have to speak to him about something. I know that he put his family first and foremost before anything, although his legal practice was also a very important part of his life. I still remember the last time that I saw him and he hadn't changed over the many years that I've known him - still the same great guy!! May he rest in peace with Sharon and his Son and know that everyone thinks about him with fond thoughts and memories. Bev Palmer - Posted by: Bev Palmer (Friend and former co-worker) on: Jan 24, 2015
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