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Born: Mar 27, 1931

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2019

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Kenneth Duncan MacRae died in Grace Hospice on November 5, 2019.
Born March 27, 1931 at the Toronto Street home in Winnipeg of his parents, Alec MacRae and Dorothy (Dent) MacRae, Scottish and English immigrants, respectively, who met and married in Winnipeg.
Predeceased by older brothers, Ian and Peter; sister Mary; and his wife of 40 years, Shirley, who died in 1997. He is survived by his younger brother Garth and wife Moira in Toronto; 'surrogate children' in Winnipeg: niece Kim MacRae and nephew Carey MacRae; many nieces and nephews; and his friend Ingrid Humphries.
Kenny spoke fondly of growing up on Victor Street, spending summers at Grand Beach and of his job at Osler & Hammond, where he met Shirley.
Kenny and Shirley married in 1957 and lived on Riel Avenue. After Shirley died, Kenny remained in his home until this year, almost 60 years.
Kenny worked in the city assessment department for the second half of his work life and enjoyed a long, comfortable retirement.
Always active in sports, Kenny excelled at football and basketball as a young man and became a lifelong tennis player.
Kenny and Shirley were longtime tennis players at the Winnipeg Canoe Club; Kenny became commodore in 1964. He had a brush with royalty in 1970 when he greeted Princess Anne and Prince Charles when they visited.
A dog lover, he could name any breed and their characteristics and always had pets.
Kenny was a truly nice guy. Always pleasant and cheerful. As aging and illness overtook him, he remained so, gracefully accepting the changes to his health.
He had his quirks. He hated the telephone and wouldn't answer if he didn't recognize the number. He would always correct me if I used the words "vase" and "tomato" using long a's. He was stubborn as a mule (a trait MacRaes share). His extreme procrastination was a running joke between us. And he fretted. If he had nothing to worry about, he would find something. He lived a ritualized life.
Kenny and Shirley travelled to England and Scotland twice and during their final trip to Ireland, Shirley became ill.
Devastated by Shirley's death in 1997, Kenny nevertheless went on living in the house they shared, maintaining it exactly as it was.
Kenny kept up longtime friendships. He met for breakfast monthly with the assessors, although he hadn't worked there for 30 years. He also met for a monthly lunch with friends from Wellington School.
In later years, Kenny and friend Ingrid regularly attended the symphony and opera. They travelled across Canada and the United States until it became too difficult.
The Scottish strain of his Hebridean father ran deep. He had MacRae tartans everywhere! Shirts, ties, scarves, a full kilt and even the nameplate on the door.
Kenny prided himself on his appearance. He didn't own old sweats and faded T-shirts. Even in his final months in hospital, we'd find him washed and dressed in his signature L.L. Bean cotton shirts and trousers.
Kenny requested cremation and no funeral and we are honouring his request.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I worked with Ken MacRae at Assessment when I was hired as the clerk in the commercial section. He was always a gentleman and never turned away anyone who asked questions about paperwork. We shared Winnipeg Jets hockey tickets with a group of 4. It was always enjoyable to work with people as nice as him. He will be missed. - Posted by: Karen Bauer (co worker at Assessment) on: Nov 11, 2019

  • I used to visit Winnipeg to see my great-grandma Pampa and would always love seeing "Uncle Ken". I was so small and he was so tall I felt like I was on top of the world when he would hold me. Fond memories, he will be missed. - Posted by: Heather Griffin (Great Niece) on: Nov 10, 2019

  • I worked with Ken in Assessment for many years and after my husband Larry began a program at the Reh-Fit, he and Ken started walking together and became good friends. Ken and Ingrid came out to Sandy Hook for lunch a number of times and we, then just I, used to join them for lunch in the City. Last time I saw Ken was at Riverview and we had such a nice visit. I'll miss you Ken... maybe you and Larry will end up walking together once again! - Posted by: Carol Lyons (friend) on: Nov 09, 2019

  • Condolences to the family. Ken was one basketball player that knew the game and how it should be played and I alway enjoyed playing with or against him. A true gentleman. I also had many conversations with him at the Refit in recent years and shared ancestral connections with Ken as my mothers was a McRae. - Posted by: Bob Boucher (Friend and saturday morning basketball team mate) on: Nov 09, 2019

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