Kenneth Francis DUFFY
Kenneth Francis Duffy – June 30, 1933 to June 12, 2023
With great sadness, Ken’s family announces that he passed away peacefully on June 12, 2023 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, just three weeks short of his 90th birthday.
Ken was born in Lacombe, Alberta and spent most of his life in Red Deer. He was a dedicated member of the Alpha Milk Company, joining as a junior accounting clerk shortly after finishing high school, and working his way to be Chief Cost Accountant in the latter part of his 42-year Alpha career.
An avid golfer and long-time member of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, Ken’s collection of two “Hole-in-One” plaques and a box full of trophies attested to his golfing prowess. He enjoyed curling when the golf season was over and loved watching his beloved Montreal Canadiens play hockey while maintaining a keen interest in the Edmonton Oilers. He always had a joke or a funny story to share over a glass of white wine or a beer.
In 1958 he married Mary Ruzycki from Delburne and except for a six-year transfer with Alpha to Calgary and back, settled in Red Deer where they raised their daughters Kathy and Patti. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Elsie Duffy and by his sister Mae Patenaude. Mary and Ken had been married for 63 years when she predeceased him in April of 2021 after a lengthy illness for which he was her primary caregiver. He subsequently moved to Edmonton to be closer to his daughters. He will be sorely missed by his daughter Kathy Ryan (Ed) and their son Craig (Megan), and his daughter Patti Duffy (Terry Zipp) and their children Stephen (Rhandi), Micheal and Katie. Also, the family wishes to thank Sandi for her kindness and compassionate care she gave our dad.