Kenneth Scott Gregson
June 12, 1963 – May 26, 2020
Kenneth Scott Gregson died on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 56 years. Ken was born in 1963 to Joyce Gregson (née Yeryk) and Alec Gregson in Lachine, Québec, joining older sister Catherine Dale (née Gregson). The family later moved to Calgary, where Ken’s younger sister Joanne James (née Gregson) was born. His sisters often remarked how much they admired their brother for his charisma and charm, and could tell countless stories of his popularity in school.
Ken is survived by his son Kael Gregson; his mother Joyce Gregson; his sisters Catherine Dale and Joanne James; and his nieces and nephews Geneviève Dale, Rosemarie Dale, Stephen Dale, Aiden James and Evelyn James.
In 1997, Ken's only son Kael Gregson was born. More than anything Ken loved being a father. Whether it was hiking in Kananaskis when Kael was young, baking cinnamon buns at home, or going diving together on Vancouver Island. Having a son of his own brought him countless moments of pride and happiness.
Ken was always seeking adventure and was happiest outdoors. You could find him on his boat in the heat of summer or hiking in pursuit of a vista, a mountain lake or even to a spy on moose from afar. He loved skiing, spending many days on the slopes at Silver Star with Kael. In addition to exploring everything he could on land, he was also passionate about SCUBA diving and spending time in the ocean. Ken’s spirit belonged to nature, and it was where he felt most at home. Day-trips to the mountains with Ken meant the greatest treat of all: your own personal tour guide of the terrain. And probably a few pranks, if we’re being honest.
His adventurous spirit was twinned with an incredible capacity for creativity. Ken was adept as a visual artist, sketching and drawing in various media. Having attended SAIT for Architectural Technology (graduated 1981), he was able to bring some of his drawings to life as residential buildings for friends, family and clients. He was never satisfied to just come up with the ideas; Ken was always a hands-on person and wanted to be involved in the building process. Some of these projects included building a Jet Boat, which required rebuilding a Chevy Small block engine. The tangible impact of Ken’s work can still be seen in both Alberta and BC. If it wasn’t enough that he was gifted in the visual arts and construction, Ken was also a passionate guitarist and provided countless songs by the glow of a campfire.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ken’s memory to the Huntington’s Society of Canada at https://www.huntingtonsociety.ca/donate.
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Ron snd Sally Hindemith
June 12, 2020
Happy Birthday- Today -
Photo of Ken and his boat
June 12, 2020
Adding photo of Ken and his guitar//
Always singing away and musical.
Sally - Marisa -Julianna -Rosanna Hindemith
June 12, 2020
Ken, who have known for 25 years, become part of our family events and summer vacations.
Ken never hesitated to open his doors and have us over for his great home cooked meals, as this is how he set me up on blind date with his best friend Ron. He cooked a meal for us both in his first home in Calgary, and off stampeding we went as he was a true Calgary Cowboy wearing his hat.
Ken was a wonderful father and while at home raising Kael, we would spend time at the parks and swimming pools with my youngest daughter Rosanna.
His talent of playing and singing music, added to my other 2 daughters (Marisa/Julianna) as they both sang and played the piano, and joined Ken when we were singing in the outdoors or in our homes jamming.
That’s how it really was with Ken. He always made time for his family and other’s. We Thank him for sharing his home with the Hindemith’s. In the last 8 years, we kept in touch by calling, sending cards and emails. Ken was true to the end and when asked how he was doing he would say: “Same old Ken” and he never once forgot to talk about Kael and inquire about the girls. He was thoughtful, kind, and will be reminded of him when looking at his Big smile in photo memories.
Ron and Sally Himdemith
June 12, 2020
Ken earlier in my first year of SAIT, as we attended the same Architectural program. We got to know each other as we had many common interests such as sports, music and being in the great outdoors. While at SAIT we were on the bowling team together and won provincial champs, participated in house leagues toga parties and the usual college life; however Ken always made sure he put his schooling first, and of course ended up with honors throughout his two year tenure.
When first meeting Ken, I right away knew he was someone special, in the way he interacted with people and always knew what he wanted. His intellect was beyond approach and always having an opinion, and never afraid to express it. But along with his great personality was he equally had good sense of humor. We had many great adventures together and whatever it was: weekly hockey, golfing, skiing, bowling, white water rafting, camping, driving his self-made jet boat on the Kootenay River. Fishing was a favorite past time of Ken’s, we drove many hours to Heart Lake to fish for pike, it was amazing. However, my favorite trip was boating one day up the bow river with his jet boat. We went up the shallow river through the native land, not accessible by the public, was not sure we would make it, but Ken was not to be denied. I realized years later that we were fishing at the same spot where they had filmed parts of “Legend of the Falls”, starring Brad Pitt. It was beautiful and I did not realize he had made this fishing day an experience for me, so that when I got back home, my wife had organized a 40th surprise birthday party for me - What a TRUE FRIEND he was.
However, the most incredible act of friendship was when Ken introduced me to my wife of 26 years. Ken was there when I needed him, and I hope he felt the same about me. Rest in peace Ken! You lived two lives to my one.
June 9, 2020
Ken and I met through my cousin Ron in the late 80's. I don't have time here to share all the great adventures we had gone on. Yes he loved the outdoors and I remember the first time I took Ken fishing up to Kananaskis in my inflatable boat. He hooked a fish while standing on an island in the middle of the lake. He was so excited and got his feet wet trying to land the fish. Later on the way home he said that was the first time he ever cought one...
Well it did not take long before he also got a boat and we had so much fun together going camping and fishing and white water rafting down the Kootenay River. Ken my friend, we lost you to a disease many years ago but those memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am sure we will see each other on the other side some day...
To Ken's family, I can only say that both Angela and I are so sad and want to express our deepest condolences to all of you. To Kael I want to say that Ron and I have many stories to share about the great guy your dad was and that we all will miss him. He was smart, talented, charismatic and driven...a little stubborn sometimes..lol but a friend I will always remember.