Kenneth Ralph Babb

June 2, 1927June 5, 2019

Peacefully, in his sleep on June 5, 2019 passed away at age 92, after a 3-month battle with bladder cancer.

Cherishing his memory are his beloved wife of 69 years Joy (nee Hayden), sons Mike (Cathy) and Jeff (Jo-Ann), grandchildren Maureen, David (Julie), James and Kelly (Gavin), and great-grandchild Desmond. Predeceased by parents Thomas and Beatrice (nee Finch).

Born June 2, 1927 in Sinclair, Manitoba, he worked for several decades in radio (CKRC, CKY, CJOB) and 10 years with the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities. An accomplished actor on stage and in film, he read the comics as Uncle Ken on CKRC for many years, co-founded Schmockey Night, and for 25 years co-wrote Beer and Skits for the Winnipeg Press Club. His hobbies included music, golf, hunting, fishing, reading, painting and watching old movies and hockey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg.


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Diane Webb

June 9, 2019

Joy, I was so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. You and Ken sat in front of us at the Bomber games in the old stadium. His comments always made the games so much more fun. I still have the old 78 record that Ken gave me..."Hang Down Your Head Jim Trimble." Please know that my thoughts are with you right now.

God Bless and Warm Hugs,
Diane Webb

Elaine Svenson

June 9, 2019

I was very saddened to hear of Ken's passing. My deepest condolences to Joy and family. I worked with Ken for those 10 years that he was at the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities. He was a great person to work with.