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Born: Jul 23, 1942

Date of Passing: Aug 23, 2019

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July 23, 1942 - August 23, 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ken Hocken. After a lengthy illness, suffering through numerous strokes and a courageous battle against cancer, Ken left this world peacefully, and surrounded by his loved ones, at Riverview Health Centre.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Jan, of 56 years, children: Shannon (Dean), Susan (Alan) and Paul (Sylvia), as well as his loving grandchildren: Alexander, Nicole, Julie, Kieran, Matthew and Jordan.
Ken is survived by his sisters, Sharon (Ed), Cindy (Duane); and brother John (Carol). He will also be missed by his many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours.
Ken was born in Winnipeg and graduated from West Kildonan Collegiate Institute. In high school Ken excelled in academics and was involved in many clubs, including being a DJ at noon time soc hops. During his high school year, Ken met Jan, a ravishing brunette and fell deeply and madly in love. Together they raised a family of three kids and two cherished dogs. Spending their early years as a family in idyllic Powell River, BC. Ken spent his days working at the pulp and paper mill, but in his free time Ken became an accomplished artist; a painter and a photographer.
Upon returning to Winnipeg in 1974 to be with family, Ken worked many years in the financial sector as a Certified Financial Planner and trust company manager. Ken took up golfing to de-stress from his job and would spend many hours in golf courses across Manitoba and he would actually get a hole in one at Bel Acres.
A gifted communicator, Ken built and maintained strong personal relationships and would give a friendly hello to everyone he met. An accomplished speaker, Ken was called upon many times to say grace or to give speeches at weddings and other events.
Ken's patience and his kindness were his divine qualities. He had a gentle spirit and had a curiosity and love for life and liked to share what he learned with his family and friends. The legacy of his intelligence, warmth and sense of humour lives on through his grandchildren.
Ken was a man of many passions, pursuits and interests. As a life-long learner he was well-read and well-informed. He loved science-fiction, new technologies, sports, music and movies.
In his retirement Ken enjoyed biking, cross-country skiing, going to the Reh-Fit Centre, camping with his much-loved grandchildren and many other activities. Ken and Jan also had exciting adventures travelling through Europe, Canada and the USA throughout their marriage.
The family would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the staff at St. Boniface Hospital, Health Sciences Centre and Riverview Health Centre, especially Connie, Lauren and Meghan for their excellent and compassionate care.
If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba.
A Celebration of Ken's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on September 13, 2019 at the First Unitarian Church, located at 603 Wellington Crescent .

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 31, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Dear Jan and family please accept belated condolences for your loss. Memories of Kenny span childhood, teen, youth and adulthood and every memory of Ken are of good times and friendship. Regretfully we loss touch, but memories are forever. May God bless all of you. RIP old friend Wy Taylor - Posted by: Wyman Taylor (cousin) on: Jun 27, 2022

  • Dear Jan and family I was sorry to hear about the loss of your husband and father Ken. I fondly remember how lovingly you always spoke of him and my thoughts are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of this special man. Carolyn (Bensky) Campeau - Posted by: Carolyn Bensky Campeau (Worked with Jan ) on: Oct 03, 2019

  • It is still taking some time to process that this amazing human, Ken Hocken is no longer with us Jan, Shannon, Susan, Paul and families, you have our deepest condolences and we are standing right beside you ❤️ - Posted by: Carla and Ray (Cousin) on: Sep 12, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to Jan "Grunie" and the family. Ken aka "Old Father" was such a wonderful person and is going to be terribly missed by all. I was always met by a big hug and huge smile from Old Father. May you rest in peace and be free from pain. Love, hugs and prayers to Grunie and the family. xo - Posted by: Laurie & Joe Sapischuk (Friends) on: Sep 06, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to you and the family Jan. It is so sad to lose such a good person. I have so many fond memories of Ken, he was my first real boss, and he spoiled me for others. He gave me my big break by bringing me along with him when he went to Standard Trust. He was a great mentor both professionally and personally. The basis of my professional carreer was founded on what I learned from Ken. I also admired his deep love and affection he had for his family. Though we lost touch, when I saw his picture all the memories came flooding back. I am just sad that I can't tell him what an impact he made on my life. Actually, I will tell him a prayer today. - Posted by: Denise Connell (nee LeComte) (Ken was my boss) on: Sep 05, 2019

  • I sure have felt honoured to have Ken (and you, Penny ) in my life, especially when you lived in Victoria, really got to know him and his gentle loving ways and ready smile. So glad we had that time together and your visit here in Courtenay. Ken was always so supportive and interested in what was happening in our life. So happy to have had that time in June to chat and hang out. For someone with speech difficulties, he was able to communicate so well. It was that big heart of his speaking and we always heard! Much love to the whole family, but especially you Penny! Love Colleen And Tom In Courtenay - Posted by: Colleen Hussey (wannabee niece) on: Sep 04, 2019

  • Ken was an important part of my schooling. I think of him often. I will miss him - Posted by: Michael Feld (Classmate) on: Sep 02, 2019

  • Ken was a very special man and will be missed by so many. Our condolences and big hugs and love to Jan and all the family. Sherry & Rick - Posted by: Sherry & Rick Dabrowski (Friend) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • To Jan and Family, So sorry to hear of Ken's passing, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. The one thing we will remember of Ken was his loving smile and eagerness to listen to any story we had to tell. I'm sure you all have many cherished memories of your time as a family. They will stay in your hearts forever. Our deepest condolences. Diane and Gerry Wozny - Posted by: Diane and Gerry Wozny (Friend) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • Dear Jan - deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of Ken. Wishing you peace and comfort. - Posted by: Linda Bretecher (former co-worker of Jan) on: Aug 31, 2019

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