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Born: Dec 13, 1945

Date of Passing: Apr 03, 2019

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December 13, 1945 - April 3, 2019

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Ken Smyth on April 3, 2019.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Alice and is lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon; sister Pat (Don); brother Bill (Trudy); brother-in-laws, Garry (Maria) and Brian (Roberta); sister-in-law Debra and loving nieces and nephews.
Ken was born in Virden and started his life in Elkhorn before moving to Dauphin and eventually settling in Winnipeg as a young boy. He often returned to his roots in the country, hunting with his brother and visiting his aunts and uncles in Hamiota and Kenton.
Growing up, he played hockey and baseball and summers were spent at Clear Lake delivering papers, working at the grocery store, stables, bowling alley and the roller rink.
In high school, he became the drummer for The Squires and enjoyed the relationships he formed with fellow band members.
After a long hiatus from drumming, he went back to it in the 90s and enjoyed playing for many years with the house band at a local Winnipeg restaurant.
Ken worked as a manager for financial institutions in Winnipeg for 35 years before retiring. During those years, he belonged to the Winnipeg Squash Racquet club and was a member at many golf courses in the province. He also loved to curl and skipped many teams at various curling clubs in Winnipeg.
He was very proud of attaining his black belt in martial arts. When he was younger, winters were spent on the slopes at ski hills in the US and Canada.
Ken retired to the cottage at Clear Lake, where he enjoyed golfing and happy hour with the neighbours. After Sharon retired, they enjoyed many happy winters in Arizona.
Ken and Sharon moved to Neepawa in 2007 and when no longer able to travel, they enjoyed spending time with their many friends in Neepawa. Ken enjoyed his coffee group in the morning and playing snooker in the afternoon.
Family was very important to Ken and he took an interest in all his nieces and nephews lives.
Many thanks to Dr. Rimmer at CancerCare, Dr. Poettcker, his chemo nurses, and all the staff at the Neepawa hospital. He was so fortunate to have all of you and knew he had the best care.
In lieu of flowers, if friends wish to do so, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V6.
Family and friends are welcome to share and sign the online book of condolences at
A service to celebrate Ken's life will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Neepawa United Church.

White's Funeral Home Neepawa, MB
in care of arrangements.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 06, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Hello, Sharon. I'm sorry not to be able to be at the celebration of Ken's life today. I just want you to to know that Mary and I are thinking of you. I always enjoyed golfing with Ken as I think back to days at "Old Southwood". He was a true student of the game, always tinkering with this or that part of his approach to the game! Hope to see you at Clear Lake in the summer. - Posted by: Ron and Mary Mitchell (Golfing friend) on: Apr 27, 2019

  • Sharon, so sorry to hear of your loss! May your many fond memories of Kenny help sustain you now and in the future. Sincere condolences, Ken & Bev Hillman - Posted by: Ken & Bev Hillman (Friend) on: Apr 07, 2019

  • I knew Ken when we were students at Grant Park in Winnipeg. Ken was a popular guy and had many friends. Did not see Ken after high school and only learned recently of his drumming gig as a member of the Squires. Also read about the band in Neil Young's book. RIP my old friend - Posted by: Frank Alty (Friend) on: Apr 06, 2019

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