HUTCHISON, Kenneth George

On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at age 72, the world lost a skilled fisherman, notorious prankster, gifted storyteller, dedicated father, and beloved husband.

Ken was born in Montreal on June 1, 1947 and raised in “The Point”. He completed his draftsman training in Montreal, packed up his VW Beetle, and moved to Calgary in 1972. It only took several decades of fishing, but he finally caught the love of his life, Joyce. They were married on July 16, 1983 and Ken became a stepfather to Wade and Jennifer, and later a father to Sarah, Brittany, and Meghan.

Ken’s main mission in life was to bring a smile to everyone’s face, especially complete strangers (much to the chagrin of his wife); either with a compliment, quick joke, or bald-faced lie (e.g., the family pet turtles hibernated in the fridge in the winter). He was an avid fisherman, like his grandfather, and was keen to patiently share his knowledge with his children, friends, and anyone else who would listen. To him, fishing was not just a hobby, it was a passion and an opportunity to make a spiritual connection with nature. He often said he belonged to the “Church of Duck Lake Montana”. Ken loved working for various engineering firms and as a contractor in the Calgary oil and gas industry for over 40 years. He was a hard and honest worker who enjoyed interacting with his many colleagues and being part of the “rumor distribution” department. Ken volunteered for many organizations over the years including the Petroleum Ski Club, Fish and Wildlife, the Salvation Army, Westwind Fly Fishers, and the Calgary Hook and Hackle Club. He took pride in his famous lasagna and pasta dishes, was an enthusiastic consumer of international cuisine, and sincerely enjoyed bringing people together to share a meal. He always made sure to have a steamed hot dog every day whenever he visited Montreal.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, George and Doris(Fiander). He is survived by his wife, Joyce(Rooks), his five children, Wade (Heather) Gieni, Jennifer Gierent, Sarah (Jason Wong), Brittany, and Meghan (Christopher Plessis), and his brother, Howard (Lynn). He was a proud grandfather to Kaden, Madison, Tyler, Adriana, Cameron, Laura, and Simon.

Our family would like to express our deep gratitude to the doctors, nurses, staff, and volunteers at the Salvation Army Agape Hospice for the exceptional care they provided Ken since February. Your kindness and care eased our minds and allowed him to enjoy the time he had left with an endless line of visitors. It was a fitting last home for Ken as he rang the bells for the Salvation Army every Christmas for many years until his cancer diagnosis. Thank you to Dr. Sy Lam for many years of care and the staff at the Liver Clinic at FHH.  In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society Research, Agape Hospice, or the SPCA since Ken was a proud owner of several dogs throughout his life.  As Ken said after his diagnosis, “have an annual checkup”. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a family only visitation will be held on Saturday, May 16; and an open celebration of life to be held when the world opens again.

Arrangements were made through Country Hill Crematorium & Funeral Services.

36 Obituaries

  1. Thomas & Diane Harrison

    So sorry to learn of Kens passing Diane and I wish to express our sincere condolences and sympathy’s to his wife
    Joyce and all his family at this time of loss
    A great family man friend who had an amazing sense of humor and love for the outdoors
    and fishing
    Ken has now gone on a new fishing adventure where the sun is forever shining and the fish are always bighting

    • Wava

      To Joyce and family. Please accept my sincere condolences. Ken was a wonderful friend and co-worker. I shall remember him always.

      • Stacey

        I am so sorry to hear this. Ken you will be surely missed, especially your stories

        • Connie Casovan

          So sorry for your loss Joyce.

          • Kathy Dixon (Plimley)

            Dear Hutchinson family,
            My deepest condolences to your family on the loss of Ken. I was Ken’s next door neighbour on Fortune street. I have such lovely memories of him and his family and of course their dog Laddie. I was a little kid but Ken always took the time to stop and chat with you make you smile and made you feel that you were important.
            May he Rest In Peace.

            • Val McGeachie

              Sincere Condolences from the McGeachie Family to Joyce and family.
              I met Ken in 1963 when he worked with my husband Bob at Montreal Engineering in Montreal. Bob and Ken were fortunate to meet again when they once again worked together in Calgary.
              Ken was a prankster. I am aware of many of his pranks some played on Bob and some on me. However, I do remember several where the prank(s) were on Ken. We spent time with Ken in 1975 when Bob and Ken both worked for Ralph M. Parsons in Pasadena. Lots of fun and laughs.
              Ken and I had a long time bet when he was single that I would get my drivers licence before he got married. I lost by one week and it cost be a lunch at the Bay cafeteria.

              Ken was a valued friend. Rest my friend rest.

              • Dale Thornton

                Sending deepest of sympathies across the miles to all the family. May memories of Ken live on through all of those lives he had touched! There is a light shining in heaven tonight catching lots of fish!??????

                • Melody Schimpf

                  Sorry to hear of Kens passing. Had lots of fun working with him for many years at Lavalin. He will be missed.

                  • Karen, Robb, Dexter and Elliot Price

                    I am so happy to have had uncle Ken in my life. The visits we had were always to short. He loved meeting and spending time with my boys, and they too loved spending time with him. I will miss him but he will always be a part of our lives through our stories of uncle Ken.

                    • Roger and Dianne May

                      Joyce , we are sorry to hear about your loss .

                      • Eldon MacCuspic

                        Joyce and family.
                        Ken will be remembered as a man who gave everyone he met a happy memory. His stories and quick one-liners made everyone appreciate his humour and sense on good fun. A jokester who enjoyed playing the joke or being on the receiving end of one well played. We have all lost a great friend, food connoisseur, story teller, workmate, a Santa Claus and beer drinking buddy. Ken is now sitting with GOD and teaching him how to tie a fly to a fishing line.
                        Farewell my friend. Eldon

                        • Gary Marrs

                          Deepest condolences to Joyce and family. I will always remember Ken’s gift of storytelling and his great sense of humor. Sad to hear of Ken’s passing but thinking of him will always bring a smile to my face.

                          • Brian Goodrow

                            Ken always had a joke on his lips and warmth in his heart and will be dearly missed by all his friends and family

                            • James Beck

                              A good friend has gone fishing at the best fishing hole ever. Sorry to see you go and sorry I could not spend more time with him. Best wishes to Joyce and family. Please keep in touch.

                              • Barrie G Rooks

                                Never had much time with him. But always enjoyed the visits. He always make you feel welcome.

                                • Nick

                                  Very sorry for your loss, Ken was definitely one of life’s characters and will be missed.

                                  • Ralph Goodrow

                                    I had the pleasure of working with Ken at Montreal Engeneering and remember the the fun times sharing ski chalets, camping and fishing, later when I worked one summer in Calgary.
                                    He loved to make people laugh and had the mots infections laugh of anyone. I will remember him as a good friend.
                                    My sympathies to Joyce and the family.

                                    • Harvey Neumiller

                                      Joyce and family, I am truly saddened Ken’s passing. I have worked off and on with Ken for almost 40 years. He was a man that I respected, appreciated, looked up to and learned from. His passion for his work and the relationships he made left an impression on us all. And in the casual conversations, he talked about his family with love and admiration for you all. He is remembered fondly and I will miss him.

                                      • Barry Madigan

                                        Sorry to hear of your loss.. Grew up with Ken on Fortune.. Good memories. My condolences to the family..

                                        • Harry and Barbara Richardson

                                          Our deepest sympathy for Joyce and the family. Ken was the life and soul of any gathering. His wit and humour are legendary. He will be sadly missed.
                                          Tight lines, my friend.

                                          • Janet Ying & Jack Liu

                                            Very sad to hear Ken’s passing. We hope you are going to a better world, Ken!

                                            • Heather Franklin

                                              Joyce and family, my sincere condolences. What a treat it was to have known Ken. RIP. Happy fishing in Heaven. ?

                                              • Janet Tease

                                                My deepest condolences to Joyce and family. I will miss Ken’s crazy impromptus, a creator of smiles and laughter. A truly memorable co-worker and friend. Peace and Love to you all.

                                                • Mori and Helia

                                                  Joyce and Hutchison family, our deepest condolences for your loss!
                                                  He was an amazing happy and full of energy man who loved to make others happy.
                                                  We had the chance to know him only for a few years and he made our best memories in Calgary. Either in the fishing trip he took me or in his family party he invited us! His memories will live with us …
                                                  Peace and love be with you Joyce and the family!

                                                  • Tom and Christine Danks

                                                    Joyce and Family,

                                                    Please except Christine and my deepest condolences on Ken’s passing.
                                                    I worked with Ken over the years and thoroughly enjoyed his stories of the different jobs/assignments that he worked during his career.
                                                    I especially enjoyed his numerous stories of fishing trips that he has been on.
                                                    His personality and his quickness with a joke will be missed.

                                                    • Andrea Hunt

                                                      So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. We worked together for many years at Lavalin and then SNC Lavalin. He was a friend as well as a coworker and will be missed by all.

                                                      • Monique Dumoulin Gagnon and Real Gagnon

                                                        Our sincere condolences to Joyce and the family.

                                                        • Arthur J. Wiebe

                                                          Joyce and family: Sylvia and I are very sorry for your loss, Ken will be missed.

                                                          • Nancy Campbell

                                                            So sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Only time will heal the sadness you are feeling at this time.

                                                            • Gary Cobb

                                                              Sincere condolences to the family. I knew Kenneth from the Point in Montreal but besides that he was a classmate of mine from grade 4 to grade 7 at Lorne School in the Point. We lost track of each in the later years but I had bumped into Ken once or twice in Calgary and he was the same jovial person that I knew from Fortune Street in Montreal. rest in Peace Ken.

                                                              • Gregory Moore

                                                                Very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He will be missed. A great fisherman.

                                                                • Dorianne Turner

                                                                  Heaven has gained a good soul! Kevin and I always enjoyed Ken’s humour! We’re so very sorry for your loss. Have fun with the angels Ken!

                                                                  • Bob Lee

                                                                    My memory of Ken is that if he was along, it would be a fine fishing trip, fish or no fish. He was able to ensure that everyone got along and had a good time. Guys like Ken don’t come very often. He will be missed by those old hands he used to fish with at Roche Lake. Our sympathy to Joyce and the family..

                                                                    • John Haley

                                                                      I worked with Ken on the Shell and Kearl projects near the ends of our careers. We were both “Old Timers” who “learned the ropes” in a different time for Engineering. We shared similar philosophies about our work and concern for the future of our younger people. We also shared many stories about work and families. I let him know that I was glad he was still out there helping others to learn after he moved on to other assignments. He was one of the good ones. We will all miss him. Deepest condolences to all of his family.

                                                                      • Dianne VanderElzen

                                                                        We were sad to hear about Ken’s passing.
                                                                        Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
                                                                        Dianne VanderElzen and Melanie Pearce

                                                                        • Terence and Leslie Jones

                                                                          My first job after graduating was with Partec Lavalin and I shared an office with Ken. He loved to interact with other people and share stories. In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Civil Structural draftsman, Ken was also responsible for Rumor Control (His friend Ash Ali was Rumor Distribution). Ken was a very knowledgeable and supportive workmate and he will be missed by many. Ken was also an avid outdoors man and our family enjoyed a number of seasons camping up at Dickson Dam next door to Ken and Joyce and their children. Leslie and I would like to offer our most sincere condolences.

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