Kenneth Walter Domier

August 30, 1933March 7, 2020

On Saturday, March 7, 2020, Dr. Ken Domier of Edmonton, Alberta passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Ken was born on August 30, 1933 on his parent’s farm near Norquay, Saskatchewan to Helmer and Ida Domier. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955 and 1957, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1967. After some years of teaching at the University of Manitoba, Ken moved his family in 1969 to Edmonton, Alberta to take a position as the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Alberta. He was a Fellow of Engineers Canada, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and an Honorary Fellow of Geoscientists Canada. Ken retired at age 60, becoming a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences.

Ken has had a strong and lengthy interest in all things Scandinavian. He was awarded the Sankt (Saint) Olav’s medal by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway in 2019 for his “important contributions in serving Norway’s interest and growing the relations between Canada and Norway in the Province of Alberta.” He has held a variety of offices in the Solglyt Lodge of the Sons of Norway. He has been a supporter and active member of the Scandinavian Studies Association since its founding in 1990, having served on the Board as Vice-President and President. He also served as president and officer of the Scandinavian Heritage Society of Edmonton, the Scandinavian Businessmen’s Club, the Scandinavian Centre Co-operative Association, the Scandinavian Studies Association, the Edmonton Scandinavian Centre Association, and as “Bas” of the Edmonton Torskeklubben or Cod Club. He has held leadership roles with the Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada as well as the Scandinavian Trade and Cultural Association (sponsor of the Scandinavian Showcase at Edmonton’s 2003 Klondike Days). His pan-Scandinavian involvement includes the Swedish Lunch Group and the Scandinavian Seniors Group.

Ken will be deeply missed by his wife Elaine, brother Duane (Darlene), son Calvin (Vinita), his daughters Sharon (Shane) and Linda (Greg); grandchildren Ria (Nathan) and Arvin; step-children Dale (deceased), Victoria and Robert Blezard; step-grandchildren Amanda and Kimberly; step-great grandchildren Ethan and Ben; as well as an extended group of family and friends. He was predeceased by his first wife Selma, parents Helmer and Ida, brother Robert and sister Violet. The family will hold a “Celebration of Life” for Ken at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made to the Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada.


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Kaare Boraas

March 17, 2020

On behalf of the members of Torskeklubben, I would like to extend our condolences to Ken’s family. Ken played a huge role in the Scandinavian community in Edmonton. He was one of the founding members of Torskeklubben, a former Bas, our historian, and the most consistent attendee. He will be greatly missed. We will sing a Skål in his honour at our next meeting.

Ellen Macdonald

March 17, 2020

Deepest condolences to Ken's family from all of us in the Department of Renewable Resources, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. Ken was a valued colleague in our faculty - and long after he retired he continued to contribute to our teaching and research efforts in his role as Professor Emeritus. His many contributions have created a lasting legacy.

Michele & Terry Veeman

March 17, 2020

We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Ken. As longstanding fellow members of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences we have known Ken for many years as a valued colleague. We appreciate his contributions to the the Faculty and admire his interest in celebrating his Norwegian roots and his work toward broadening understanding of the contributions of Scandinavian heritage to Canada.
Please accept our condolences on your sad loss.
Michele and Terry Veeman

barry M. Dahl

March 17, 2020

Ken will be missed at our annual Tre-Lag Stevne, he livened up a room with his rendition of the Aqua-vit cheer. Skoal Ken!! May Valhalla be a stop on your way to Heaven. Condolences to his family.

Isabel van Essen

March 16, 2020

Dear Elaine and family,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband Ken. My husband John enjoyed his years working with Ken when establishing the "Dutch Canadian Club and Home of the Scandinavians". Also appreciated were the many Dutch functions that you and Ken shared with us at the DCC.


Stanford Blade

March 12, 2020

As Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta I want to send my condolences to Ken’s family and friends. Ken was an Emeritus Professor in our Faculty who made a legacy contribution as a teacher and researcher at the University of Alberta. Ken was also a good friend. We worked on low-THC industrial hemp research together and Ken was incredibly gracious in his support of my career.

I know Ken was looking forward to his upcoming scheduled audience with the King of Norway. This was possible because Ken was a recipient of the St. Olav Medal. Although this meeting will not occur the very possibility gave Ken such pleasure when I spoke to him that it was already a success.

Dr. Stan Blade, Dean
University of Alberta

Brenda Carlstad

March 10, 2020

On behalf of the Edmonton Scandinavian Centre Association, (ESCA) we truly appreciate all the guidance, unwavering dedication, encouragement and, of course, the historical facts, that Ken was willing to share over the years. He was twice President of ESCA and played a key role in discussions with the Dutch Canadian Club, which led to establishment in 2005 of a new hub for Scandinavian activity - Dutch Canadian Centre & Home of the Scandinavians. He will be missed.