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Jerrett Funeral Homes - Scarborough Chapel

660 Kennedy Road, Toronto, ON

OBITUARY

Kenneth John Aker

August 29, 1931September 14, 2020
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Ken passed away peacefully on September 14, 2020 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of 65 years to Barbara. Cherished father of Steve (Gail), Nanci Cole (Greg), and Linda Langlois (Len). Loving grandpa of Ryan, Chris, Nick, Jordan, Emily, Jacob, Nate, Amanda, and Olivia and great grandfather of Oliver and Finn. He will be greatly missed by many family members and friends. He was a retiree from the Prudential Insurance Company of America, where he worked from May 1956 to January 1993 when he retired as the Director of Marketing for Canada. Ken was a devoted volunteer coach of several hockey and baseball teams and had a great influence on many young athletes.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 22 from 1pm-5pm at JERRETT FUNERAL HOME (660 Kennedy Rd. Scarborough) and a funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, September 23 at 11 am at ST. MARIA GORETTI PARISH (717 Kennedy Rd.). Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ken may be made to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Services

22 September

Visitation

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jerrett Funeral Home

660 Kennedy Road
Scarborough

23 September

Funeral Mass

11:00 am

St. Maria Goretti Parish

717 Kennedy Rd.
Scarborough

Cremation to follow.

Memories

Kenneth John Aker

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Barbara Robertson

September 21, 2020

Barbara & Family
I was saddened to hear that Ken passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Barbara Robertson

Peter Meli

September 21, 2020

Steve
We heard the sad news about your father. Please accept our deepest condolences during thus difficult time.
Hoping the special memories you all shared with him will make you smile and give you strength and comfort.

Special prayers are being sent your way 🙏🙏

Nick Ferrari

September 20, 2020

To the Aker family.

Deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I never had the pleasure of meeting Ken but knowing his son Steve I have a strong sense he was a man with with a big personality and a good heart. May all of you find comfort in your faith, the time you had together, and the memories that were made.

Wayne Brewer

September 20, 2020

Jay and I always saw Ken and his wife Barb as friends first, neighbours second. Late one night, Jay locked herself out of the house. Luckily, Ken answered the door and let her stay until I arrived home. Jay recalls it was a fun evening listening to Ken's stories about everything from travelling to New York to how the neighbourhood has changed. Since that night, it has been great getting to know Ken and Barb's family and we are thankful for being invited to birthdays and anniversaries. Thank you, Ken, for some great memories.

Dorothy Hill

September 20, 2020

I am so glad that I spent a few days with Ken and Barb last December. This is a difficult time for all. It is my belief that those who are forever loved rest in peace. RIP Ken.

Diane Johnston

September 17, 2020

Our Deepest Sympathy from both Mark and myself. We feel very bad we cannot be with you;but, the US border remains closed.
Our sympathy to ALL of your family's;and, you know he is resting and is at peace In Gods loving arms. May all of the memories bring you comfort throughout these difficult times.
You all lost a loving father and Barb has lost the Love of her life and her partner in life. We hope the love and prayers of friends and family give you the strength to get through the difficult days ahead.
Our sympathy to all of the grandchildren at the loss of their grandfather. May they also find peace in the coming days reflecting upon all of the memories throughout the years. May they also find strength from the Love and prayers sent from family and friends .
LOVE ❤️ AND FRIENDSHIP
MARK AND DIANE JOHNSTON
Buffalo, N. Y.

Robert Kinsall

September 16, 2020

My sincerest condolences to my Aunt Barbara, her children Steve, Nanci, & Linda. All the grandchildren & great grandchildren. I will always remember our family coming up from Tennessee to visit at Thanksgiving & Christmas staying at Granny & Grandpa's house at 217 Woodville Ave. with Aunty Fran, Aunty Van, Jim & John Candy all living in that house, and making room for us to stay for 2 weeks at a time, Betty, J.Y., Cindy, Robert, & Tooty. Then the festivities wouldn't start until Ken, Barb, Steve, Nanci, & Linda would arrive. That's 16 in that small house sometimes 17 when Charlie was there, what a party! To break up the monotony a lot of the party's were at Ken & Barb's home, we loved watching the home movies in his den. God Bless you all, We love you!

Larry James

September 16, 2020

My deepest condolences to Mrs. Aker, Steve, Nanci and Linda on the passing of Mr. Aker.

When I think back, Mr Aker was an influential person in my life. He wasn't just my childhood friend Steve's father, but much more than that. He taught me to first ride a bike as my father had suffered a few heart attacks and couldn't help me, so it was Mr. Aker who went out on Independence Drive and stood and ran beside me until I was able to cycle away on my own.

He arranged for me to join Steve on a Victoria Park house league soccer team, since I was staying at their place for a little while after my dad died and they were holding indoor soccer practices at the time. I'm sure he wanted to be sure I was keeping active and staying out of trouble.

He also helped me out in showing me how to organize my collections for my Toronto Star paper route that Steve had helped refer me to (the old apartment buildings near Midland Collegiate). He sat down with me and went through the whole process and gave me the confidence to proceed.

Mr Aker also played a big role in getting me an interview for my first full time job at Prudential Insurance after graduating from Ryerson, when I was having trouble finding work. I then joined his car pool for several years when Prudential was located downtown at King and Yonge, sharing a lot of funny conversations between him and Mr Gord Rolfe (Linda and I mostly just listened to their banter!).

He also generously helped my mom with her income taxes for many years, which she appreciated.

A lot of fond memories growing up in the neighbourhood. A very good man, with a good sense of humour, a strict no-nonsense demeanor (which intimidated me as a kid and even as an adult), compassionate and always willing to help anyone out. He certainly had a big influence in my early life. My only regret was not having the opportunity to see him later in life, once my mother passed away and we sold the James house after over 40 years. He will be sadly missed.

June Smith

September 16, 2020

"The Akers" have been good friends and neighbours of ours for over 50 years. Ken's passing is a great loss for his family as well as his many friends.
Memories:-
- Dancing at St .Maria Goretti Church gatherings
- Neighbourhood parties
- Hockey games
-Sharing garden bounties
& so much more
Our sincere sympathy to Barb and Family -

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