Thursday, 10 May 2007

My buddy, Kenny B

BERGWALL _ Kenneth Bruce 1959 - 2007 It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Ken Bergwall in Calgary on May 7, 2007 at the age of 47 years. Ken leaves to mourn, his best friend and wife Brenda Berezuk; his mother Tena Bergwall of Brandon, Manitoba; his brother Deryl (Nuala) their family Shannon and Jamie of Airdrie, his brother Duane (Maidelen), their family Melani and Sheyla of Edmonton. Also mourning his loss are Brenda's family, Anne Berezuk, Carol Berezuk, David and Judy Berezuk, Tim and Tracey Berezuk, niece and nephews Katie and Kyle McEwen, Jeremy and Johnathan Berezuk all of Calgary. Ken is also survived by his aunts, Gwen, Ruth and Val, and cousins Donna, Laura, Joey, Bruce, Cheryl, Brett and Heather. Ken was predeceased by his father Don Bergwall and his grandparents, Hutton and Bergwall. Ken was born on July 14, 1959 in Killarney, Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering. The friendships that formed at the U of M endure today, as most of the class moved west after graduation. Ken's relationship with his U of M friends meant a lot to him especially the weekly lunches at the Unicorn Pub. After graduation Ken moved to Elkford, B.C. to work for Fording Coal. During his eight years in Elkford, Ken once again developed many strong and enduring friendships as part of the "Elkford Gang" and the "Suffer Club". In 1989 Ken moved to Calgary, married Brenda and continued his career as a mining engineer. His work took him to some exotic and not so exotic mine sites in Thailand, Borneo, Alabama, Kapuskasing and Madagascar. At the time of his death, Ken was working for CNRL on the Horizon Project in Fort McMurray. Brenda would like to thank the paramedics and other emergency response staff and the cardiology physicians and staff at the Foothills Medical Centre for doing all they could for Ken. A celebration of Ken's life will be held in the Heritage Room of the Blackfoot Inn, 5940 Blackfoot Trail S.E., Calgary on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Please bring your stories and memories to share. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut, 200, 119 - 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6, for education and research or to a charity of your choice. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family's on-line Memorial Register at:

Ken was one of those guys that was always a pleasure to game with, or against, his sense of humour was always in evidence, in winning or in losing. Listening to him kvetch as he rolled ones again attacking in TI, or doing a coup in Twilight Struggle were always a pleasure.

I will always have fond memories of sitting with Ken, Jay and Cory, smoking cigars, drinking Scotch and just talking.

I have the deepest sympathy for Brenda, who lost her husband, but the people I feel sorriest for are those that never got to meet him.

Ken was truly one of a kind and I am going to miss him.

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