It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Ken McGladrey, who passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at Hospice Wellington, on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Ken was the beloved husband of Jacqueline (Cabeldu) for 51 years. Loving Dad of Cheryl (Tim) Hill, Russell McGladrey, and Christine (Trevor) Hambly. Cherished grandpa of Shannon (Adam) Leo, Danny (Miko) Hill, Jake, Levi and Scarlett Hambly. Great grandpa “G.G.” of Gavin, Juliet, Jimmy, Freddie and Sequoia. Will also be missed by Natasha, Dave, Halie and Payton. Brother of Ron (Janet) McGladrey, Brian (Ruth) McGladrey. Brother-in-law of Doreen Godbout, Fred and Maureen Cabeldu Ken was also a friend to many! Predeceased by parents Frank and Viola McGladrey, and also by his first wife Marlene Doughty.
Ken was a long-time member of The Roamer’s Car Club, attending many of the Roamer Reunion Gatherings. Sadly he was unable to attend this year’s 60th Anniversary. Ken was a dedicated employee of W.C. Woods for 41 years, until his retirement in 2000.
Ken also helped to plan, build and tow a few floats that were entered into the Guelph Santa Claus parades, for W.C. Woods. Ken assisted over the years on the planning committee for the Flewelling Family reunions.
Ken always was sure to plan a yearly family vacation of some sort. We have many wonderful memories of those years, travelling, going camping or to cottages. Ken was always the guy to ask to build you anything, tree houses, benches, props …
He’d always say “don’t throw that out. I might be able to fix it.” Most times he could! He was a pioneer of recycling! He took a passion in growing Canna Lilies, after receiving some bulbs from a friend. He continues to grow them even on their balcony.
He loved to pull a good joke or prank. Ken loved going with his fishing buddies, on their yearly weekends. His Best Catch was the Blue Mountain pottery fish that he wrapped in newspaper, took out of the cooler and gave to Jacqueline! Halloween was a favourite time of year, to set up and use many props and costumes to celebrate the evening festivities! Ken was a regular blood donor, contributing over 200 donations and receiving a special plaque recognizing his generosity.
Ken will be remembered for many things, but his ability to bring a smile to anyone’s face, with one of his quick remarks in any situation to family, friend or stranger, will be held dear. Thank you, Ken, Dad, Grandpa, G.G. for all of your love, care, assistance, guidance and smiles! You will never be forgotten.
Many thanks to Ken’s entire health care team! Dr. Grebenyuk, Dr. Kottachi at Guelph General Hospital, Dr. Knight and Dr. Shahki and Nicole at Grand River Cancer Centre and Hospital, and all his nursing “girls”. Thank you also to all the wonderful staff, nurses, volunteers and the other families, at Hospice Wellington for all their care and compassion for Ken, and all our family. A special thank you goes out to the anonymous person who secretly dropped off a card, with a very generous donation on it. This donation will be used toward the food for the lunch at Ken’s gathering.
Many thanks and gratitude to everyone, for your gifts of kindness, compassion and care, your thoughts, love and prayers, your shoulders to lean and cry on, your cards, food, flowers and donations. Thank you on behalf of Ken and all his family, for reaching out to us, giving us strength and courage during this journey.
Respecting Ken’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will not be a funeral; but a gathering of family and friends, to share memories, hugs and fellowship. Private inurnment at a later date. The informal gathering will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Wall-Custance Funeral Home, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
If you wish, in remembrance of Ken, donations may be made to Grand River Cancer Centre and Hospital, Hospice Wellington Guelph, or give a blood donation! Ken was a consistent donor, reaching the 200 plus donations! He was saddened by having depleted the supply by needing eight units himself.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Kenneth R.E. McGladrey in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm.|