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After a brief battle with COPD complications, Kai Lorens Madsen, born August 19, 1941 in Copenhagen, Denmark to predeceased parents, Borj Lorens Madsen and Klara Elisabeth (nee Jenson), passed peacefully at his residence in the presence of loved ones.
Kai leaves to mourn his wife of 38 years, Lisette Boies Madsen; two children, Suzanne McLellan Evans and Kevin McLellan; grandchildren, Daniel Evans, and Mathew Evans; and siblings; Michael Madsen and Anne Hamilton (both of Edmonton).
Kai immigrated to Canada with his family in May of 1953 and settled in Alberta where he began his working career at Litton Industries in 1966. He moved to Calgary where he worked at National Trust for a brief time before continuing on to a management position in Winnipeg with McBee Systems in September of 1970 where he worked until his retirement in 1994. Kai joined the Christmas Cheer Board of Greater Winnipeg in 1969, eventually serving on the board as Vice-President, then President and lastly as Executive Director. Kai's passion and organizational skills were just what was needed and under his leadership and guidance the charity prospered and grew into the model of efficiency that it stands today. Kai currently stands as the longest member of the Christmas Cheer Board, spanning 52 years. Over the years, his calm demeanour and contagious charm has befriended countless numbers of loyal volunteers, business owners, media personnel and public figureheads. Once he met you, you knew you had a friend for life.

"I've seen the best of everybody and when you think well of people, good things happen."

In his younger years, Kai was an avid horseman, curler, golfer and more recently, a glider pilot at the Winnipeg Gliding Club. He was a member of Toastmasters International and an active member of ANAVET #283 and #1. Kai was also an honoured recipient of the Queen's Silver Jubilee medal for outstanding and exemplary work in the community.
Kai leaves behind, his legacy in the community, a Cheer Board in good hands and a void in many hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christmas Cheer Board of Greater Winnipeg or the charity of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • My condolences to you Lisette, Suzanne and Kevin. Kai made such an amazing contribution to the community through the Christmas Cheer Board, and for that we are truly grateful. - Posted by: Helen Whetter (Friend) on: Oct 20, 2021

  • Lizette and family, Grant, Lorna and our family sends our deepest condolences to you. One of our great memories was rolling pennies for Christmas Cheer when kids were younger and more recently Kai’s Danish Christmas dessert. He is leaving a major legacy. A life well lived with much accomplished! Sending hugs your way - Posted by: Lorna Broadfoot (Friend) on: Oct 10, 2021

  • Lisette, Suzanne and Kevin. Sending our sympathies to you. Kai was an amazing man and will be missed by all. Pat Shuttleworth and family - Posted by: Pat Shuttleworth (Friend) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • Sincere Condolences Lisette & Family From your long-ago friends at JONES Campground Hugs !! - Posted by: Gail Jones & Family (Friends in St Francois Xavier At Jones Campground ) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • I had the privilege and pleasure of knowing Kai when I worked at the Cheer Board for 2 seasons. It was a job I truly enjoyed. Kai was a wonderful Human Being, and I am saddened that he is no longer with us. But his spirit will live on in the hearts of every person who knew him. - Posted by: Janis Richards (Worked for 2 Christmas Seasons at the Christmas Cheer) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • I remember when my parent's split up which left my mom unable to pay bills, seek support, and get a job. My mom told me that story when I was older because I was way too young to understand. Coming from a foreign country because my dad was in the solidarity movement fighting against communism, my mom and dad couldn't get along to a point that my mom had to put me back in day care because she had to learn her second language. My parents purchased a tiny house with an intention to make it bigger and then found out that bills weren't paid which left my mom unable to sell the house. Being cheaper than rent she had no energy to think about the maintenance of the house which forced her to be on social assistance and find an apartment to live in. I want to thank The Christmas Cheer Board for all the years they provided for my mom and I when we needed it most. Mr. Kai Madsen deserves a posthumous honour to the Order of Manitoba because of his hard work. - Posted by: Winnipeg resident (Admirer) on: Oct 09, 2021

  • Condolences to Lizette and family. I worked with Kai for a number of years at McBee. After his retirement I would see him when I dropped off knitting at the Cheer Board. What a wonderful person. Always a smile and cheerful words. Kai will be dearly missed. RIP - Posted by: Brigitte DeLeeuw (Work mate) on: Oct 09, 2021

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