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Date of Passing: Jan 31, 2022

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Kenneth Harry Jones (Ken) passed away at the age of 79 at Riverview Health Centre on January 31, 2022.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Ann Jones, and survived by his brother Robert (Marilyn), his loving wife Pat (nee Skakum), their five children, Wayne, Kathy, Kurt (Ruth), Russ (Teri), and Dan (Christine) and 10 grandchildren, Alexander, Layla, Nicholas, Megan, Damon, Marcus, Eric, Zachary, Luke and Tyler.
Ken grew up in Winnipeg, attended St. Paul's College and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1965. He further trained to be a Meteorologist, a profession that honoured his love of statistics, his passion for research and his commitment to serving others through interpreting the weather. In his career, he not only provided valuable forecasting information to Air Force pilots, farmers and everyday citizens, but was also part of the early movement in climatology research that began the conversation around global warming and the impacts of climate change. He was a published researcher, presenting his findings in China, Austria and other locales across Canada. Through his 30 year career with Environment Canada, he gave committed and reliable service, never wavering from his love for his work, including mentoring others.
Ken was a deeply devoted family man, much loved by his wife of 22 years, Pat, their children and grandchildren. Whether it was through family vacations, watching sports, playing games, or teaching his young children computer programming skills, Ken was always present and gave so much. With Pat, Ken loved to travel, bowl, play cards, and do any type of puzzle possible! They even moonlighted with Hollywood, acting as extras in several films made in Winnipeg. The love that Ken and Pat had for one another made blending their families very easy, and Ken had a special place in his heart for everyone.
No matter where work took Ken, his heart always remained in Winnipeg. He was a diehard Bombers and Jets fan, and rarely missed any game he could catch on TV, tracking the season's stats every week. Like so many others, Ken thought the Toronto Blue Jays were simply the best and cheered each summer with pride.
Heartfelt thanks go to the staff of Ken and Pat's residence, the Heart Function Clinic at St. Boniface Hospital, and the Riverview Health Centre's Palliative Care wing in addition to all of the friends and family who have added to his life in big and small ways over the years, especially in these last few weeks. In Ken's memory, please consider donating to the War Amps at, a charity he supported annually.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 07, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I am saddened to hear of Mr. Jones’ passing. He was such a bright light in the short time I knew him, him and Mrs. Jones were always so kind to me and I loved the enthusiasm he presented while at my programs. I offer my condolences to his family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Megan Lamirande ((Friend from The Wellington)) on: Feb 02, 2023

  • Dear Pat and Family, I am so sorry to hear from Ken’s passing. The few times we met each other I enjoyed being around him, uncomplicated man and very friendly. My condolences to Pat and the family. In thoughts with you Lissy Bartels-Husch Germany - Posted by: Bartels-Husch (Friend) on: Jan 08, 2023

  • My dad was a kind and caring man. Some of the happiest memories we shared were watching sports together. Dad and I were avid sports fans and loved cheering on the Jets and Bombers. He was a wonderful father and taught me so many valuable things. He is missed and will be in our hearts forever. Love you dad. - Posted by: Wayne Jones (Son) on: Jan 07, 2023

  • So sorry to hear the news about Ken. I worked with Ken and Pat on many local movie local projects. I absolutely loved when they were both on set. Ken was just a great guy to be around. Pat and Ken were such an excellent couple too. I could clearly see their great affection for each other. Ken will really be missed. My condolences to Pat and the rest of their family. - Posted by: Jerry O. (Friend from the local movie industry) on: Jan 07, 2023

  • Dear Pat I am so sorry to read of Ken’s passing. Let those memories play over and over. Sincerely Heather Carmichael - Posted by: Heather Carmichael (Pat’s friend from quikting) on: Jan 07, 2023

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