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It is with great sadness we announce the unexpected passing of Kenneth Valdimar Franklin Sigurdson on May 5, 2011 at the age of 66.

Kenneth was predeceased by his father, Valdimar; step-father, Walter; mother, Edith; and brothers, Larry, Roy, and Fred.

Left to cherish Kenneth’s memory are his two sons, Roy (Suzie) and Faron (Sherrie); our mother, Millie (nee Gilkes), and three grandsons he was very proud of and were the twinkle of his eye, Derek and special friend, Ashley, Matt, and Haden.

Also surviving are his brothers, Albert, Conrad, Georgie, Earl, and Bob; sisters, Elsie, Valdean, Ruth, and Diane; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Dad was born Sept. 23, 1944 in Riverton, Man. He worked as a mechanic in Caland mines in Atikokan, Ont., and later as a lumberjack in the bush in Ontario and Manitoba.

He loved the outdoors, whether he was prospecting for rocks (gold and diamonds) or never passing up an opportunity to go hunting with his boys.

Dad was fighting to beat his cancer, but at the same time remained a joker, sharing stories and laughs with friends and family. He loved visiting family and friends, and his love of tinkering about the yard was seen by many.

Respecting Dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Vasser Hall in Vasser, Man.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kenneth’s name to Cancer Care Manitoba—Hematology Department.