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Born: Oct 29, 1952

Date of Passing: Oct 28, 2022

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It is with profound sadness that the family of Kenneth Joseph Valainis announce his sudden and unexpected passing, one day shy of his 70th birthday, on October 28, 2022.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife Valerie; sons, Jaret (Jaclyn) and Wade (Stephanie); sisters, Ann, Josie (Patrick) and Joyce; brother Tom; brother-in-law Martyn; grandchildren, Annika, Griffin, Lily and Chloe and many nieces and nephews.
Ken was born October 29, 1952 in Winnipeg to Lydia (Berkis) and Joseph Valainis. He attended Lord Roberts Elementary School and Churchill High School, eventually graduating with an Education degree from the University of Manitoba. Ken embarked on a 35-year teaching career beginning in Snow Lake, continuing on to Alonsa, Clandeboye, Selkirk and ending in the Seven Oaks School Division. It was while he was teaching in Alonsa that he met his wife Valerie. They were married in Winnipeg on October 30, 1976. His passion for education led him to be the only Canadian to attend the Keizai Conference in Japan in 1999. He also attended conferences in Minneapolis, Calgary, and the House of Commons in Ottawa.
After retiring from teaching, Ken pursued a lifelong dream of driving a big rig truck by spending five years with ALLMOVE Security and Mobile Shredding.
Ken had a great love of sports. He won a provincial championship playing football for the Churchill Bulldogs. He also played fastpitch, slo-pitch, curled and coached his sons in hockey and soccer. He became a successful umpire, being selected for multiple Western and National Canadian Championships.
His many passions included travelling, fishing, square dancing and being a member of the Sisters of the Holy Rock.
A celebration of Ken's life will take place on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of one's choice.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 01, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I enjoyed working with Ken at James Nisbet School. We had many good times playing music and sharing our twisted sense of humor. When things were getting tense, we would go out for Guy lunch with several other staff members. After letting off steam and joking around we were ready to return to the trenches. Ken was a computer whiz and would often help me. I will miss my Baltic brother. - Posted by: Bruno Malis (friend) on: Nov 14, 2022


  • Val, I am so very sorry for the loss of Ken, your beloved husband, your sons’ dad and the Grampa of your grandchildren. May his memory be a blessing to all of you. - Posted by: Sharon McGavock (Friend and neighbor) on: Nov 07, 2022

  • To Valerie and family, my sincere condolences. So sorry and shocking to hear of Ken’s sudden passing. Earlier this year he kindly posted a condolence and shared memories of the appreciation for my late husband’s help in his umpiring career. I am fortunate and thankful to have met and known him and Valerie because of his passion for square dancing. The joy of his presence will not be forgotten. Betty Kernoski - Posted by: Betty Kernoski (square dance friend) on: Nov 05, 2022

  • Ken was a good friend and neighbour on Eckhardt Avenue. We had season tickets to Jets 1.0 and had great fun singing both national anthems at the top of our lungs. Ken taught me to play a crude game of tennis that never match his. I am shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. - Posted by: Philip Laing (Former Neighbour) on: Nov 04, 2022

  • We had many fun times at the hockey rinks and many tournaments we attended together. Many good memories. He will be missed. - Posted by: Robert Farquharson (Friends and Hockey Parents) on: Nov 04, 2022

  • Mr. Valainis was one of the most influential teachers I ever had. He truly cared for the development of his students both in the classroom and in life. I’ll never forget the encouraging talk he gave us near the end of the school year - to chase after your dreams and always believe in yourself. “The only way to talk the talk, is if you walk the walk.” Rest In Peace Mr. Valainis. You’ll always live on through your students - Posted by: Daniel (Student ) on: Nov 03, 2022

  • Very shocked and saddened to lose a dear friend like Ken so suddenly. It was a pleasure to know such a positive and upbeat fellow like him! I enjoyed his engaging sense of humor, and admired his confidence and leadership qualities within the choir. I looked up to him a lot! I would say without a doubt that he had unfinished blessing to impart upon audiences and friends alike. He will be missed but not forgotten within our close-knit group. It is so sad to lose such a fine man. I wish my deepest condolences to his wife and family. Very sincerely, Dave Kiesman - Posted by: David Kiesman (fellow base section member of the Sisters Choir and friend) on: Nov 02, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to you Valerie and family. Ken will surely be missed by all who knew him well! “A man’s wealth is whom he leaves behind”. Sincerely, Penny Winnicky - Posted by: Penny Winnicky (Friend ) on: Nov 01, 2022

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