KEN­NETH MISKIMMIN

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

Born Novem­ber 3, 1931, Ken­neth was An­nie and David Miskimmin’s first ‘Cana­dian baby’. His si­b­lings, Mary (Ge­orge Humphrey) and David (Gisela) were born in Belfast, and Sil­via (Howard Dun­can) and Barbara (Lou Regim­bal) were yet to come. A pa­tient and de­voted fam­ily man, Ken­neth took re­mark­able care of life-long love El­iz­a­beth (1933-2014), chil­dren Robert (Diana Carnegie), Peter (An­gela Cas­siram) and Su­sanne (Al­lan Cole), and grand­chil­dren, Madeleine and Liam, Esme and Ni­amh. Ken­neth grew up in the east end of Toronto and was in­dus­tri­ous from an early age: gath­er­ing horse ma­nure for his fa­ther’s gar­den at five, and de­liv­er­ing gro­ceries by bike at ten and blocks of ice by truck as a teen. Class­mates be­came stu­dents when Ken­neth taught at Dan­forth Tech just months af­ter his own grad­u­a­tion. He would go on to be­come Direc­tor of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion at Woburn Col­le­giate In­sti­tute af­ter com­plet­ing two de­grees at the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto. Born in a do-it-your­self era, Ken could fix al­most any­thing; a metic­u­lous drafts­man he was well versed in home ren­o­va­tion and cot­tage con­struc­tion. He was par­tic­u­larly adept at wood­work­ing: cab­i­net mak­ing, carv­ing, wood-burn­ing - what­ever he turned his hand to, re­ally. A nat­u­ral teacher, he would share his con­sid­er­able knowl­edge with those around him, much of which will be passed along to the next gen­er­a­tion. Ken was a fine ath­lete who played base­ball and bas­ket­ball as a young man, and hockey well into his se­nior years - cen­ter­ing a line with his sons on the wings. As a hockey coach, he en­joyed mem­o­rable trips to Europe with the high school team. In fact, Ken and Betty trav­elled ex­ten­sively around the world and would while away long sum­mers on epic camp­ing trips, be­fore they even­tu­ally set­tled into their beloved cot­tage on Chan­dos Lake. A fix­ture in his Scar­bor­ough neigh­bour­hood since 1960, Ken would lend a hand or shoot the breeze and share a ready joke with old friends and new ac­quain­tances alike. His ap­peal crossed gen­er­a­tions, and it was not un­com­mon to find a young child at the door ask­ing if Ken can come out and play. Ken­neth Miskimmin was a mod­est, hum­ble and gen­tle man of great in­tegrity who gave much and took noth­ing for granted. He was a con­sid­er­ate and ded­i­cated friend to many. It is dif­fi­cult to come to terms with a world with­out Ken. We are cast adrift by his loss, even as we are an­chored by his won­der­ful legacy.

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