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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Kenneth Lloyd Fardoe Ken Fardoe passed away peacefully in Flin Flon General Hospital on September 22, 2003 after a difficult struggle with cancer. Ken was born on July 25, 1931 in Benito, Manitoba. He was the son of George and Edith Fardoe and a younger brother to Bill and Russ. Ken spent his childhood on the family homestead in the Alpine District where he developed his deep love of the outdoors. The family moved to a farm in the Hayfield District south of Brandon in 1947. Ken met Irma Jean Morden in 1950 and she became the love of his life. They were married on June 6, 1953 and celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. Ken moved north to Flin Flon and started with Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company on October 12, 1951. He earned his ticket as an industrial mechanic and always prided himself on completing a job to the best of his ability. Ken retired in 1987 after 36 years with HBM&S. Ken and Irma lived at 133 Queen Street since 1954. The Lakeside neighbourhood was alive with children in the 1950's and 60's. Son Brian was born in 1955 and daughter Diane in 1956. The vacant lot or "swamp" next door was busy with kids sliding in the winter or playing hide-and-seek in the summer. Ken was a family man and encouraged his children to work hard, be happy and appreciate what life had to offer. He never took more than he gave and was always there if someone needed a hand. Ken worked hard at everything he did. His approach was to start a project immediately, if not sooner, and not stop until the job was done! At home, he was a carpenter, electrician, plumber, mechanic and handyman. He remodeled the family home and always had a project on the go. Ken loved to camp and enjoyed camping at Beaver Lake in the early days and Iskwasum over the last 15 years. Ken and Irma met many great friends while sitting around a campfire and always had the coffee pot ready for visitors. Ken loved to fish and spent many enjoyable days chasing pickerel at secret fishing holes in the lakes around Flin Flon. He refused to let a jackfish into the boat unless it was larger than ten pounds. Ken was an ardent conservationist and believed in taking care of the resource. He never exceeded the limits in all his years of fishing. Ken had a deep interest in photography. He started with black and white photos, shot 8 mm movies, printed colour pictures and recently learned to use a digital camera and computer. He particularly liked to photograph nature and was always learning new tricks to photograph a bird, bug or flower. Family and friends continue to enjoy his movies and photographs. The birth of his grandson Michael in 1982 and granddaughter Laura in 1987 were the icing on Ken's cake. He loved to play with his grandchildren and spent many hours teaching them the finer points of fishing. Ken was predeceased by his father in 1967, his mother in 1982, his brother Russ in 2002 and his brother-in-law Alex in 2002. Ken is mourned by his wife Irma, son Brian, daughter Diane (Randy Whitbread) with children Michael and Laura; brother Bill Fardoe (Billie) with children Donna, Sandy, Maxine and Gerald; sister-in-law Emma Fardoe with children Ron and Ronaele; sister-in-law Margaret (Bob MacLaggan) with children Kathy, Larry, Mary Jane and Linda; and sister-in-law Susan Morden with children John, Tim and Karen. Ken's family is grateful for the support from the many old and new friends who have passed on their condolences. They have reminded us of the lives that Ken touched in his 72 years. Although Ken suffered from several illnesses over the years, he maintained a positive outlook and appreciated the good things in his life. He displayed his usual good nature, self-reliance and determination right to the end. His family and friends will miss him deeply and he will live on in our hearts and memories. Funeral services for Ken were held on September 25, 2003 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church with Reverend Ina Golaiy officiating. Goodbye Ken. We know the fishing is good wherever you are! Thank You The family of Ken Fardoe would like to thank all those who supported Ken during his illness and who assisted with funeral services. The warm wishes and visits from friends while Ken was ill were deeply appreciated. The nurses and doctors in the Flin Flon General Hospital and Winnipeg Health Sciences Center made Ken as comfortable as possible while he was in hospital. Reverend Ina Golaiy provided spiritual support when Ken passed away and officiated at the funeral services. All Ken's friends and family were honorary pallbearers. Cam Yeo and Lyle Benson were ushers and Linda Yeo was responsible for the memorial register. Sandy Ward played piano and the St. Andrew's choir sang with the congregation. St. Andrew's Presbyterian Women served an excellent lunch after the funeral service. Many old and new friends attended the funeral service, offered condolences and sent cards, flowers and food to our home. Several friends made donations in Ken's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association and Canadian Cancer Society. Dana Dadson arranged the funeral and was a fine neighbour on Queen Street. We are grateful to everyone who supported Ken and his family during a very difficult time.