Keith Eric Sigvaldason
October 4, 1974 – November 17, 2020
With immense sadness, we announce the passing of Keith Sigvaldason: a loving husband and devoted dad.
On November 17, 2020 at Grand River Hospital, surrounded by family. He was an incredible husband to Pam, and a devoted dad to Danika and Kataryna. Beloved son of Cecil and Wendy Sigvaldason, brother of Wade (Merrilee) and Brandy (Bill), uncle of Brooke (Brendan), Kirsten, Leif, Bryce, Brielle and Brayden, and honourary member of Pam’s family, aka the “Girls Club”, with Susan (Al), Tanya, Debra (Nick), Toni, Dakota, Lucille, Mckayla and Brooklyn.
Keith was born in Edmonton, Alberta and spent many of his early years in Stony Plain, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories before moving to Winnipeg and then Bird’s Hill, Manitoba. In 2003, a week after their wedding, Keith and his new bride, Pam, moved to Kitchener, Ontario.
Keith’s unassuming and even keeled temperament obscured his fighter instincts. He wrestled with cancer in his childhood and proudly wore his battle scars. When questioned about them, his favourite reply was “You should see the other guy”. He often pushed the limits of those he loved with a smirk on his face, knowing that he would easily return to their good graces with his exceptional charm and charisma. Many stories told across a kitchen table about Keith involve his antics; teasing and poking at the ones he loved, or the incredibly lucky breaks that came his way while he was out looking for trouble with his brother or his friends.
Keith was fortunate to have three of the best friends anyone could ask for. Kevin Rebeck, Scott Mullen, and Don Woligroski often spent time together with Keith virtually, despite living thousands of kilometers apart. It was unwise to try to postpone their regular Sunday night games, whether there were babies, chores, demanding wives and girlfriends, or Game of Thrones finales to contend with. The boys were often planning their next visit or adventure together with driving trips across the prairie provinces, into the USA, or around Ontario.
Keith was a loving and devoted dad. Danika and Kataryna were the lights of his life. His devotion and support gave them the confidence to succeed in their activities and schooling. Many Saturday afternoons he could be found with Kataryna binge watching TV shows or movie marathons. He was supportive of all of Danika’s interests and enjoyed watching her blossom into the sociable, funny girl she is. His biggest regret was not being able to get to know the remarkable women they will become.
He was an amazing husband. Together, he and Pam grew and fell deeper in love with every passing year. The move to Ontario, finding their way in a new town, raising twin babies into twin pre-teens, and winding their way through work opportunities solidified their marriage and their partnership. His thoughtfulness and kindness were often enveloped in attempts to surprise her, and his patience for just the right time to reveal the surprise was impeccable.
There will be a hole in the hearts of people all over North America with his passing. He will be sorely missed and forever loved.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand River Hospital Foundation or Canadian Blood Services. Private Family Service will be held, please contact the family for the streaming link to join online.
Private Family Service, please contact family for streaming link.
Keith Eric Sigvaldason
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December 1, 2020
I can remember going home from school everyday and taking to him about my day.
I’m going to really miss just getting to talk to him
November 27, 2020
I'm still struggling with this loss. A life gone too soon. I feel like we were only at the start of what would have been a life long friendship, if life wasn't so short.
Keith... you were always fun to be around. From your crazy life stories to our common love of NFL Football (GO DOLPHINS!) and The Walking Dead, we shared many laughs. I looked forward to our hangouts twice a week while our girls practiced trampoline. Kataryna and Kaylin became instant trampoline buddies and so did we.
Pam said it best last night at your Celebration of Life... Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. Today, I am smiling remembering the last time we were all together, having what was supposed to be one of many dinners out with our families, laughing and sharing stories. I'm grateful to have this memory and my family is blessed to have gotten to know you and become friends. I hope that Pam, Danika and Kataryna will continue to join us and we will always save a chair for you.
On behalf of Jeff, Kaylin and Jaidyn, I offer our heartfelt condolences to all of Keith's family.
Rest peacefully my friend... until we meet again...
November 27, 2020
So sorry Pam. did not know Keith......he sounded such a beautiful person. my heart goes out to u and danica and katarina. thinking of u
November 26, 2020
It was wonderful to be able to watch the service tonight. So many tributes to tell us what a wonderful guy Keith grew up to be! I remember seeing him at an Anderson gathering about 1984. He ran and played hard, and had taken off his head covering, not caring about having a bald head at the time. Sending hugs and my sympathy. (Cecil’s cousin) Janice
November 26, 2020
I will always remember Keith as a humorous, kind and gentle giant. I really enjoyed my time working with him. One certainly to be remembered. 🙏🏼
Pam, I will keep you and your girls in my prayers.
November 26, 2020
I admit, Keith and I were never close. But I knew he was a good man. Shortly after my family moved back to East Kildonan from Silver Heights, he and Pam started taking my oldest daughter (Toni) on what I called cookie adventures. Pam would call me up at some point during the week and tell me not to make plans for Toni that weekend as she and Keith were going to take her out. I don't remember all the places they took her, but she'd come back so excited every time. I knew, from her reaction, he'd make a great father one day.
November 25, 2020
Ky'eth the Norseman! This is what I called my friend. I suspect not many know about this but during our time in the oil patch Keith noticed that whoever was making the daily schedules never got his named spelled correctly. It was a good laugh and from then on I called him Ky'eth. The Patch can be a hard place that becomes a lifestyle and sucks you in. It's important to have a exit plan and it helps your sanity if you meet good people. Ky'eth was VERY good people. On a crew of 30-40 there were 3 or 4 of us that connected and it helped immensely. They say you get to know someone when you live with them and living with Ky'eth in those days showed me a lot. He had a plan/goals and he stuck to them. He was one of the surprisingly well behaved guys out there. Funny guy, thoughtful, a good Leader but quiet and subtle in his style. If need be he could be very blunt, but not offensive and you could respect that. I'm so glad he was around to talk with during that time in my life and you could be sure Pam came up in conversations more than once. As I said, the man had goals and stuck to them. I'll remember his laughter, underwater football, his odd love of the Miami Dolphins, and what a genuinely good person he is. We've walked where few others have been and it was a great hike. Thank you for your friendship Ky'eth. You're an excellent example of the best humanity can be and you've done your family name proud. Until the next adventure Jughound!
November 24, 2020
Wendy & Cec I can not fathom the extreme grief you are experiencing losing your son, Keith. No parent should ever have to go through this, even though he was 46 years old, he was still your child. Keith was an old soul, brave, strong, full of that quiet courage that not many people have. I will keep close to my heart countless memories I have of our time together. When I think of Keith I picture him with that beautiful smile that was always there. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, cousin, uncle and friend but most importantly - loved. My heart is with you both, with Pam, Danica, Kataryna and the whole family as well as everyone feeling the loss of Keith's beautiful soul. Love forever and always, Cathy
November 24, 2020
My favourite memory...geez there's a lot. Honestly, I loved spending time with him and Pam and even though I was Pam's annoying little sister, he never made me feel that way. I was always included and always welcome. He helped me with resume writing for my first "real job" (and for a few after that..), never said no when I wanted to come over and crash their weekend, picked me up from the airports and listened to me babble all the way to Kitchener...
My first trip to Ontario, Pam and Keith took me to Niagara and he managed to talk me into visiting the scariest haunted house I've ever been to. "It's not that bad." Ha!! He laughed and laughed when we got out. I should have known better! He was so convincing with his easy tone and gentle voice.
Keith will be missed greatly! I am lucky to have known him.
November 21, 2020
Rip Keith. You were always so kind and a pleasure to work around. You always talked about your three pride and joys in your life, your girls! My condolences to your family during this time.
November 20, 2020
So, I just wanted to reach out to express some things, I hope will demonstrate what Keith meant to me.
Keith and I met at a time in my life where, my future was anyone’s guess. Lol
I was an overly proud kid at the time and figured everyone else my age was as well.
All of the sudden, there was this dude, my age, who had as much kindness, logic, stewardship and mentor ship as he did height.
Keith immediately became one of the most pronounced people in my life.
We spent endless, countless hours travelling together and bonding together and if it wasn’t his gut busting laughter, it was mine...or both.
Rest assured, we mostly laughed, when we were together.
He was an ear which I would count on and I hope, as it often seemed, I was for him, as well.
It’s easy for us all to get tied up in our little worlds of family, work and such and I dearly regret not spending way more time with him and the girls, off hours, along the way.
Truth is, we spent so much darned much time on the road, phone and at work, it barely ever seemed like I was without him.
That was made easy as Keith had the most excellent sense of humour n wit, btw.
He was basically always armed with a comment or comeback that would just put me on the floor, laughing.
He was and will remain, a constant point of motivation and example of compassion to the likes I will never myself be able to achieve, but will always strive for.
Fun story(there are a million).
We once had to ‘shack up’ at a fancy hotel, as my reservation was not completed.
As always, Keith was there to save the day and we cautiously spent the night together..in a queen bed. (he was my boss at the Time)
Breakfast the next day...was awkward, to say the least. Lol.
God I love that memory.
Truth is, barely ever met another dude I felt the same about.
He was an actual brother to me.
-pic from a rando restaurant in DesMoines, IA...somewhere along the way...he was just so darned happy with that steak!!! Lol
November 20, 2020
I did not know Keith or his family but I worked with his mother in law Susan. My heartfelt condolences go out to Susan and Al and all Keith’s family. RIP Keith.