Blocksom, Kenneth Melroy

Written by ECA Review


Feb. 22, 1928 – Oct. 02, 2017
Kenneth Melroy Blocksom was born in Hanna, Ab. to Alva and Irma Blocksom.
He spent his early years in Mirror and Calgary and completed high school in Hanna.
Ken grew up in a very musical family and learned to play the saxophone. As a young man, he joined an orchestra, the Blue Notes, and played at local dances in southern Alberta.
When Ken was 20, he bought and restored an old army Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a dashing and handsome fellow on his motorcycle and caught the eye of the love of his life, Peggy Cattanach.
Ken and Peggy married on May 13, 1951 and settled in Hanna, Ab. They raised three beautiful children, Terry, Pat and Gay.
Ken’s passion for cars led him to his life long career working at Jimmie’s Auto Service in Hanna, a GM dealership, where he was in charge of sales.
This job was well suited to Ken’s personality as he loved people and conversation. He was kind and generous and would often invite clients to share a meal at his home.
Ken was a natural leader, and participated in many volunteer activities including town council, Kinsmen and leading Boy Scouts. He won a bravery medal for a heroic rescue of a young boy during a scouting session.
Ken’s joys in life included spending summers in Windermere, B.C. with his family and dear friends where they fished and water skied.
Ken also loved working with wood. Some of his many projects included building furniture, a ski boat, cabinets for his kitchen and birdhouses.
Ken was a history buff, particularly for events related to the first and second World Wars. He loved airplanes and both he and Peg obtained their pilot’s licenses.
He loved nothing more than to load his family into his Cessna and fly out to visit his good friend, Bud at his farm in Youngstown.
After the kids left home, Ken and Peggy bought 80 acres of land in the Bearberry, west of Sundre, Ab. This was their weekend oasis for many years until 1986 when they retired from the car business and moved permanently to the ‘farm’ in Bearberry.
For the last 30 years of his life, Ken enjoyed an amazing retirement. With Peg, he travelled extensively in their motorhome, finding great places to fish and enjoy the outdoors.
They both loved to snowmobile with friends and family and their home was a perfect launching pad for many adventures.
Until the very end of his life, Ken loved to jump on his quad and take a tour of the “pea patch”.
The family will cherish all the good times that were enjoyed sharing outdoor adventures, meals and great conversation with Ken and Peg at the farm.
Ken’s greatest legacy is the love that he bestowed on his family.
Ken is predeceased by his father, mother and sister, Evelyn and survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Peg, son, Terry (Patty), daughters, Pat Blocksom (Allan Shewchuk), and Gay Flug (Bill), seven grandchildren, their partners, and 10 great grandchildren.
He lived a long life full of special moments. Ken will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
The family is grateful for all the prayers and condolences that they have received from family, friends and for the care that he received from the staff at Mountain View Seniors Lodge in Sundre and from the doctors at the Moose and Squirrel Medical Clinic.
There will be a celebration of his life on Oct. 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Bearberry Community Hall west of Sundre with a light lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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