HERBERT, Kenneth John

It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Ken, who passed away April 11, 2021, at the age of 68 years. Ken passed away peacefully at home with family by his side.

Ken is survived by his wife Charmaine (Charlie); sons Adam (Todd), Donald, Paul (Ruth), David; grandsons Declan and Ruairi; brothers Bill, Brian (Pam), David (Lori); Aunty Myrt, nieces, nephews, and many in-laws, friends and cousins.

Ken was pre-deceased by his parents John and Verna and brother Donald.

Ken lived most of his life in Edmonton, but always cheered for his hometown teams, the Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Flames.

Ken graduated as a Power Engineer from SAIT in 1973. He enjoyed a long career in healthcare at the Edmonton General, the Grey Nuns Hospital, and the Royal Alexandra Hospital. His ‘retirement’ job was instructing at NAIT in the Continuing Education Power Engineering Program.

Over the years Ken enjoyed playing for many hockey teams as a goalie. Later on, it was running with friends and walking the Irish Wolfhounds.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the late summer/early fall.

Our thanks to all who helped our family in many ways, including the Palliative Home Care Team and Dr. Abraham and Nurse Judy of the Grey Nuns Family Medicine Ctr.


Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Gerry van Haaften

I have been very lucky in knowing Ken since 1971 as we were in the same Power Engineering program at SAIT. Some of our best time at SAIT was spent at “H Block,” (The Highlander). Ken and I both agreed that we were not going to let schooling interfere with our education. Occasionally our career path would cross, Ken and I shared lots of coffee and lunches over the years. Later in our career we had the opportunity to work together at NAIT. We picked up the threads of our friendship and continues on as colleagues and friends. To Charlie and the family I pass on my deepest sympathy and condolences. I’m going to miss his friendship and his unwavering support for the Flames and the Stampedersrs Peace
Gerry van Haaften SAIT 73.

Glen Baron

I was deeply saddened to learn of Ken’s passing.
I first met Ken some 30 years ago and our paths crossed many times, as we were both involved in the health care sector.
Ken was a very kind, thoughtful and caring person and always had time to chat. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Bridget Flanagan

I worked with Ken at the old Edmonton General for almost five years and then not directly in the same department after that but in the same facilities. Ken was fun to work with, he was always happy and had a lot of energy. I was very shocked and saddened to see his obituary. My condolences go out to Charlie and family, Ken was a wonderful person.

Cheryl Crocker

Charlie and boys…I am so sorry to hear about Ken. I have such fond memories of him from our soccer days. Ken was a kind and caring man and I know you will miss him. Please accept my condolences.

Hans Gronau

We are very sorry to hear that Ken passed. I remember him well. He will be missed.
Julie and Hans

Preston Kostura

Sincere condolences from the Canadian Healthcare Engineers Society and myself.
Ken and I were on Executive together for the Alberta Chapter, he was a great mentor and friend.

Tim Holliday

I have known Ken through the years since the mid ‘80’s. I left healthcare for several years but still ran into him at different events whether it was golfing or trade shows or whatever. Ken was one of those rare people that was the same person with the same values from the first time you meet him until the last time you talked to him. I always appreciated Ken through years with the Hospital Engineers Assoc. but I really understood the person when I was lucky enough to work with him at the Alex. Ken had many lives; his family, his dogs, his community, his Red dream of Calgary sorts teams and his work. There wasn’t a time that I sat in his office that I did not experience all of those in the same 20 minutes. They were all connected. They were how he lived his life.
Ken never considered himself special but anyone that has ever had the opportunity to know even a little bit of him knew that.
Ken will be deeply missed. My most heart felt condolences to his family. You will grieve the loss of such a kind and gentle family man. I cannot offer much but I can say that I will always appreciate the person Ken is and was. Thoughtful, considerate, looking to do what is right in the world. He will not be lost in the people that come and go in my life. Maybe without knowing it, he helped me to be who I am. Still not going to cheer for the Flames or Stampeders but he has influenced many other aspects of my life. The right road is not often the easy road but Ken was always willing to take it.
That defined Ken.

Dewey & Gloria

Our sincere condolences to Charlie & all the family.
Will always remember cousin Ken’s pleasant smile

David Hart

I was privileged to work with Ken at NAIT in the ConEd Dept. teaching Power Engineering .
He was always giving of his time, and was willing to share with me the work he had done previously in order to make my teaching easier and more informative.
Thanks, Ken


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