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On December 12, 2021, with his family by his side, Kenneth Peter Stoyka peacefully left us to set off on his journey to join those family members who have passed before him.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, Ruth and Steve, his two sisters, Debbie and Cathy, and younger brother Mike. He is survived by his loving partner Carol, her sons, William and Robert, as well as his remaining siblings, James (Marcie) and Barb (José), as well as all his nieces, nephews, cousins, aunties, and many friends.
Ken was a loving partner, the best son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend you could ever want. He protected his family and friends with fierceness and loyalty, and you always knew he had your back. He was generous and giving with a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back, you only had to ask. He had a way of entering a room with his impressive presence and his big warm smile that would light up the room. His kind and gentle heart was far larger than his stature and he exuded a loving spirit that you could feel in your soul. Wise beyond his years, his intelligence knew no bounds when it came to solving everyday problems, whether at home, work or helping a friend. He made lifelong friends wherever he travelled and stayed in touch with his widely dispersed family and friends. Ken loved the home that he made with Carol, out in the countryside and did a lot of work and puttering around to make it to the lovely home it has become. Ken loved motorcycles and cars, and his dream of owning his custom ordered cherry red Porsche, which he named Baby, came true for him. He and Carol took a road trip to BC in the summer of 2021, and he enjoyed that drive immensely.
Our gentle giant, our big loving teddy bear with the heart of gold is at rest now and though our hearts are aching, Ken, we know you are watching over us. We love and miss you so much.
At Ken's request, no funeral will take place, a Celebration of Life will be held later and once date and time has been decided, this will be communicated.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Ken's name to the Children's Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choosing.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
He is truly missed!! - Posted by: Brenda and Rech (Friends) on: Jan 28, 2022
So sorry to hear that I have lost another cousin from my family. Although we had not spoke for many years I remember him mostly from when I was a child and my mom would drive to Winnipeg from Ajax, Ontario to visit when we were kids. He was always a happy person. Its funny how life passes us by and we loose touch with our relatives. We have a tendency to get caught up in our lives. May he be with our family relatives that have passed. I am sorry I did not know you better. love Esther and Dan - Posted by: Esther (cousin) on: Jan 23, 2022
Isn’t it a surprise I met Big Kenny riding motorcycles. Another surprise we hit it off right away. We had similar riding habits & enjoyed many of the same things! We seemed to be cut from the same cloth! We had a great understanding of what life’s about. We chuckled about many who just “didn’t get it”! Ken bought (& sold) tickets to peoples socials, even if he couldn’t go he still bought tickets. We did a ton of socials together and always dropped a chunk of cash to help the fundraiser! Why some people ask, well they just don’t get it! It’s called charity, loving your fellow mankind and trying to help as best as you can! That’s what Big Ken was all about! I won a BBQ at a social Ken laughingly joked about how was I going to get it to my truck. Ken laughed and said for $20 he’ll carry it out for me. The $20 was in his hands before he could change his mind, but Ken was good for his word. So he grabbed this huge bulky BBQ & headed for the door. Before he reached the door Teri Pankew grabbed 1/2 the box & Kenny let Pankew know I was paying him to haul it out! The three of us ended up laughing about the whole deal! It was $20 well spent! We spoke about this the last time I saw Ken his smile/grin was truly his signature! I will miss my good friend/brother his gentle smile and the goodness he brought to the day! Even when the girls were kicking our asses at cards, Ken would just smile that big Kenny smile. We had unfinished business Ken, you left us a bit too early! Love you Buddy! Ride Free Brother I’ll catch you on the other side! - Posted by: Brian Segal (Brother from another mother) on: Jan 15, 2022
My condolences to those who loved and mattered most to Ken. I met Ken many years ago and he became a client when I was an active realtor. I became acquainted with many family members of the Stoyka family and was most appreciative of being treated like a member of the Stoyka clan. Always fun loving and with a heart of gold, Ken was a long time client. I hope that his loved ones with cherish the memories of the good times and a smile with come to your faces when those wonderful thoughts come to mind. Rest in peace, Ken. - Posted by: Vicki Lazaruk (realtor) on: Jan 15, 2022
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