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Walker, Ken

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Ken was born Dec. 8, 1947 in Sherbrooke, Que., son to Harold and Florence Walker. The family moved to Montreal in 1955. The Walkers spent their summers in North Hatley in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. At Lake Massawippi, Ken and his sisters Beth, Mary, Catherine and Deborah learned to swim, waterski, sail and canoe. He became a lifeguard and learned scuba diving at the YMCA in Montreal. Ken finished high school at age 16 and moved to Fredericton to attend the University of New Brunswick. He loved to swim and joined the varsity swim team.
The next year, Ken returned to Montreal and took agriculture at McGill’s Macdonald College. In the summers he travelled to the B.C. interior to get some practical experience on ranches. One summer he was part of a fisheries research team studying Arctic Char in Cambridge Bay, having the opportunity to do under ice scuba.
Ken loved western Canada and took the Farm and Ranch Management program at Olds College, graduating in 1972. He worked on mixed farms and in the irrigation industry for several years. In 1983 he bought his farm on Springpoint Road. He received a diploma in Irrigation Technology at Lethbridge Community College and worked for AB Agriculture, doing on-farm training on proper irrigation techniques.
Ken married Jan in 1985 and inherited two stepchildren, Dan and Jackie Westwood. The family moved from town to the farm in 1988. In recent years he taught Soils at Red Crow Community College on the Blood Reserve; volunteered for RCMP Victims Services and the Library Board.
Ken and Jan loved kayaking, wilderness camping and family travel holidays. Ken enjoyed installing water systems, raising chickens and cattle, but especially loved his part-time, long haul trucking job.
Ken passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2013, surrounded by his family and friends.
Ken is predeceased by his parents Harold and Florence; brother Donald; and his stepdaughter Jackie Westwood.
Ken leaves behind his beloved wife Jan; stepson Dan Westwood (Jennifer); sisters Elizabeth, Mary (Allan Amey), Catherine and Deborah (Terry Barker); niece Jessica Amey; and nephew Andrew Amey.
Please join us in July at Heritage Acres to say farewell to Ken. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may donate to the Salvation Army.

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