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1938 – 2021

Peacefully, on September 10, 2021, at the age of 83, Ken passed away with his wife Judy and grandson Kyle by his side.
Ken was the youngest son of the late Robert C. and Maude Crosbie, of Winnipeg.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert, Alfred, Bruce, Roy and Lawrence.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Judy; son Russell (Mauria), and grandson Kyle, all of Winnipeg. Also survived by sisters-in-law, Marie (Paul) and family, Debbie (Tony) and family, brother-in-law Rocky (Millie) and family, all of Sydney, NS.
Ken entered the Winnipeg Fire Department on September 16, 1960. He moved up through the ranks, from Lieutenant to Captain before retiring as District Chief on January 4, 1998.
Summer or winter, Ken loved the outdoors. He was well known and liked in his community of Charleswood, where he built his popular outdoor furniture from his own designs. His creations were shipped to faraway places such as England, Australia, United States, and various places across Canada. There was no job too big or too small that he would not tackle. Always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
As a husband, he was always there. He placed his wife's needs ahead of his own, encouraging her to pursue her passions and to go after the things she wanted out of life. His endless love and support made everything seem possible. I will miss my partner. Like a bird, you have earned your wings. Now, fly high my love!
As a father and grandfather, he never missed an opportunity to instill values or teach something new. He led us through countless memorable adventures to places we never thought we would go. If it was hockey season, you could find him at one of the many rinks, cheering on his grandson and his teammates, never missing a single tryout, practice or game.
We appreciate everyone who made his time here enjoyable, as we know that's what he wanted for others. We are proud and grateful to have been able to call this man our Dad, our Papa. We love you.
The family would like to thank Dr. Czaykowski and nurse Denise at CancerCare Manitoba. Also, the staff at Riverview Hospital, Home Care and Palliative Care for taking great care of Ken.
Cremation has taken place. As per John's wishes, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, Prostate Cancer, or the Firefighters Burn Fund.

God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be,
He closed His arms around you
And whispered, "Come to Me".
In tears we saw you sinking,
We watched you fade away.
Our hearts were almost broken,
You fought so hard to stay.
What you suffered, you told us few,
You didn't deserve what you went through.
Tired and weary, you made no fuss
But tried so hard to stay with us.
But when we saw you sleeping,
So peaceful, free from pain
We could not wish you back
To suffer all that again.
So treasure him Lord, in your garden of rest,
For here on earth, he was the very best.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 01, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My condolences to the family, I worked with ken at `1 station and became great friends. Ken never leaves my thoughts as I quite often sit on my wooden swing that Ken built for me and my late wife Karen at the lake R.I.P. ole amigo Wayne - Posted by: wayne evans (friend and brother fire fighter) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • Dear Judy, Russell, Mauria and KYLE - Sending you prayers and comforting hugs. Ken was always such a gentle man and so proud of his family. I know that he is blessed with a loving family and has made the world a better place with his impressive career. And he has left the family with many good memories. We will all miss Ken. Jan - friend/taxlady - Posted by: JAN ROCHELLE (FRIEND/TAXLADY) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • Dear Judy, you know the special place you and Ken have in our lives. Ken did make all things possible. We have so any wonderful memories of working with Ken. He made our lives better for having shared his knowledge, humour, and kindness. He was a good man. We will always keep him in our hearts. You have our love. Love always, Jim & Brenda - Posted by: Brenda & Jim Whitney (Friends) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Judy, we are so sorry to hear that Ken has passed away. We remember our tomato visits to your home and Ken’s handyman talents were always obvious. Vona & Grant Edgar - Posted by: Vona Edgar (Friend) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • It was a privilege to know Ken, always friendly always a story to tell, we have enjoyed Ken and Judy’s friendship for the past 30 years, we offer our condolences to Judy, Russell, Mauria and Kyle, he has left a legacy. Regards Harv and Pat - Posted by: Harvey Pat Newman (Friend) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • Ken was my Captain at 1 station in the early 90's. I considered him as my best and favourite off all the Captains I had. He was one of the best firefighters I ever worked with. He kept the hall in order with dignity and respect. He was a true gentlemen and just a great person. I am very saddened by his passing. - Posted by: Bruce Meyers (Coworker, fellow Firefighter and friend) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • My deepest condolences, Ken was my captain at number one fire station he was a great teacher for me built a few things which I still have RIP my friend Harry Salamacha - Posted by: Harry Salamacha (Friend ) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • We knew Ken as a friend of the family and send our sincere condolences out to Judy and the family. Rest in peace in The Lord's Hands. Wayne & Eva Bell. - Posted by: Eva Bell (Friend) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • I worked with and for Ken and was better for the experience. He was a good firefighter, a good officer and a good human being. He was one of those guys who loved the job and those he shared it with. He showed that by sharing his knowledge with us rookies so we could learn our jobs and learn to do our best by his example. Much respect for him and my condolences to his family. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Collegue) on: Oct 01, 2021

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