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LITTLE, Gordon Kenneth (Ken)

Passed away peacefully with his family at his side on September 12, 2013. Dad is predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Shirley, and brother-in-law Alex Lawrence. Survived by his daughters Karen (Craig) with grandchildren Amanda (Adam), James and Haley of Edmonton, Glenda (Lindee) of Regina, Laura (Joe) with grandchildren Raegan and Damon of Calgary; son Gordon (Donna) and grandchildren Ashleigh, Braeanne, Cameron, Sheryl (Paul), Kara and Arianna of Edmonton; sister-in-law Geri (Elmer) Lawrence of Ardrossan, AB; and nephews Barrie (Mary Lee) Ledoux of Whitehorse and Spike (Wayne) Ledoux of Calgary. Dad was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. Dad met Mom in 1955, they married in 1957 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary September 7, 2007. Dad was an accomplished athlete with two Brier appearances representing Manitoba in 1964 and 1967, playing second on the Bruce Hudson rink; and induction into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame and the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. The Manitoba Hall had this to say, “As the Second World War drew to a close, a remarkable athletic career, spanning six decades, began. From minor hockey championships in the early 1940s to senior curling competition at the turn of the century, Ken Little was truly an all-round athlete. While many athletes participate in several sports during their careers, most excel in one or two at best. Little excelled in five; hockey, track & field, football, baseball and curling.” In 2000, Dad was named one of five finalists for Manitoba Male Amateur Athlete of the Century. However, his greatest accomplishment was being a loving and supportive husband and a loving and devoted father and grandfather. Dad was a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte from 1952 to 1989 as a partner in Winnipeg, and managing partner in Prince George and Regina, retiring to Kelowna in 1990 where he continued to curl and golf. Dad was also a long-time Rotarian, who exemplified the intent of the Rotary’s Four-Way Test. We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to the caring staff and physicians in the ICU at Kelowna General Hospital. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, in Kelowna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.

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The service for LITTLE, Gordon Kenneth (Ken) is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Al & Marg Horner says:

    So proud to have know this accomplished, and all round great guy. They say “nice guys finish last” Ken was the ultimate example Of how wrong that statement is. He not only didn’t finish last, he was away out front, and a nicer guy you will never meet.

  • Lynda Fiddler says:

    We want to offer our deepest condolences.
    A loved ones passing is never easy.
    Our hearts and prayers are with you.
    Lynda and Dan

  • Joe Martin says:

    Ken was a consultant to the Manitoba Royal Commission on Local Government chaired by Roland Michener. I was the Secretary of the Commission and very much enjoyed working c Ken. After the Commission I joined Touché Ross and missed being Ken’s partner because he left Deloitte the year before the merger. He will be remembered & missed

  • Dennis J McMullin(C.A.) Retired says:

    My sincere sympathy and prayers to the Little family. As a Deloitte Winnipeg partner of Ken’s he was well liked for he truly loved his profession and knew and cared deeply for each one on staff regardless of their position. As a sixth sport he excelled in “Kick The Can” played as a summer sport at Grand Beach with our families.

  • Lou Jewitt says:

    Ken was a great partner in our profession and a truly wonderful person. Had many good times and laughs with him over the years. Hope he is hitting them long and straight up there. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Lou Jewitt – Prince George BC

  • Fred Ballantyne says:

    My sincerest sympathy is extended to Ken’s family. He was one of the world’s really nice accomplished guys!

  • Margaret Cordingley says:

    What a sad time for you all. I send my sincere condolences.

  • Dave Merrell says:

    To Ken and Shirley’s children
    My sincere condolences.your father was a mentor of mine in my early days as a CA student but more so became a good friend.you could always sense what a wonderful relationship that your mom and dad had .The last time I saw your dad we were playing golf in Kelowna and he was still as good as ever. What an athlete!

  • George Otterbein says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and Partner (Deloitte).To the list of sports Ken excelled at, I would add Golf!

    • Jack & Eff Mason says:

      I knew and played hockey with Kenny as a team mate and opposition. A great guy. He will be missed.

      Jack Mason, Winnipeg, MB

  • John and Carole Woods says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Little Family on the passing of Ken. He was a beloved friend and periodic golfing companion of mine for nearly 20 years. Our games will not be the same without him! We will miss his true sense of comradeship, his great sense of humor, and his caring interest in the welfare of his friends and their families. His outstanding skills as an athlete were matched by the values that distinguished him as a “great guy” and gentleman.

  • Ken Cullen says:

    My condolences to Ken’s family and friends. I was fortunate to be one of Ken’s student hires in the Winnipeg office of Deloitte in the early 60s and to be his partner through the years. I will always remember Ken as a caring mentor, who was very much a part of creating a great place to learn, work and have fun.
    Ken Cullen,Calgary

  • Jack & Eff Mason says:

    I knew and played hockey with Kenny as a teammate and opposition. A great guy. He will be missed.

    Jack Mason, Winnipeg, MB

  • Jack DeGruchy says:

    Ken was a very special human being in so many ways. As a Rotary treasurer when he said everything is fine you knew with absolute certainty that it was. Both Gaylene and I feel very honoured to have known him as a friend.

  • Ken Krauss says:

    My deepest sympathies to Ken’s family. I started with Deloitte in Regina when Ken was the managing partner. I was truly privileged to work very closely with Ken for 9 years. He taught me a lot about accounting and auditing but more importantly he taught me about life. He was the most patient and kind man I have ever known. He would give the shirt off his back to help someone. He had a great sense of humour and a hearty laugh. He always enjoyed when I brought my sons, who were then 3 and 4 years old, to the office. He would always stop what he was doing and talk to them. I will never forget what he taught me.

    Ken Krauss

  • Ray Harris says:

    I was very sad to learn about Ken’s passing and I send my sincere condolences to his family. He was a very well respected partner.
    Ray Harris – formerly a partner in National Office

  • Jack & Eff Mason says:

    I knew and played hockey with Kenny as a team mate and opposition. A great guy. He will be missed.

    Jack & Eff Mason, Winnipeg, MB

  • Allan Johnson says:

    To the family of Ken Little: My name is Al Johnson and I had the good fortune back in the 1950’s to be a teammate of Ken’s on the senior baseball team – The St. Boniface Native Sons. During our time together he spent a lot of time trying to show me how to run as fast as he could. He failed miserably! Probably the only time he failed at something he wanted to accomplish! It’s not often that you have the opportunity to meet a kind, gentle, loving person in your lifetime. I was lucky and I shall never forget him.

  • Bob Hepburn says:

    To the Family of Ken Little,
    As Partners of Deloitte, Ken and I worked together on several projects and became great friends.
    After we both retired to Kelowna, B.C. we continued our special friendship. I will miss him.
    With sincere and heartfelt sympathy.

  • Gerry Burrows says:

    My sincere condolences to Ken’s family on his passing. I was for fortunate to serve as a partner with Ken in the 70’s and 80’s. Ken was a consummate professional, and more importantly a true gentleman. He will be missed.

  • Lois Moshenko says:

    The Little Family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I know you have so many special memories of your Dad. I have some great memories of Ken and Shirley during our visits. We had so much fun. I was so glad that we cousins were able to share some stories. Sorry I could not make it but I will be thinking of you all tomorrow.
    All our Love.
    Lois and family

  • Rusty & Beverly Bracken says:

    We can not be with you today. Bev & I are on a river cruise on the Rhine. Imam grateful for knowing Ken for 38 years through business, Rotary, socially & even golf. We met in Winnipeg & followed each other to Regina & then to Kelowna. When Ken smiled his eyes twinkled & when he laughed, which he did often, he put his whole body into it. He has a mans grip-not only with his hand, but on life. He has helped us all to learn to live everyday as if it was our last. I am so glad to know he went up to heaven swinging ! We will miss him, but know in our hearts he is probably out golfing with Shirley today. The world needs more Ken Littles. God Bless you all & please know that we are sharing your loss.

    Rusty & Bev

  • Bob partridge & Julie Spencer says:

    Our sincere condolences go out to Ken’s family at this sad time. As a past resident of Vista Ridge in West Kelowna Ken offered his skills to the Strata Council which was greatly appreciated by all. Ken was a “good guy” and we were lucky to have known him.

  • Nicol Family says:

    Karen, Gord, Glenda, Laura and families:
    We offer our deepest sympathy for Ken’s passing. We remember him as a warm, humorous and caring man who took genuine interest in his family, friends and community. We will miss his spontaneous phone calls and the annual Christmas letter which kept us up to date on all the news in the Little’s world. We sincerely hope that memories of happier times spent with your Dad will help you through this sad time. Take care of yourselves and know that are thoughts are with you. Ken, Doreen, Grant and Lynn

  • Norman & Wendy Lawrence says:

    We are sorry to hear that Ken has passed away. We always enjoyed his sharp wit and good company. He was always interested in our activities and modest about his own achievements. He was a great guy and we all loved him.

  • George and Janet says:

    Sorry we can’t be with you at this time, but our hearts and thoughts go out to the whole family. Uncle Ken was a wonderful man and will be truly missed.

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