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KENNETH F. PACKER (published on September 14, 2011)



KENNETH F. PACKER Peacefully, on September 11, 2011 Kenneth F. Packer passed away at Grace Hospital, at the age of 85. Ken will lovingly be remembered by his son Michael and wife Karen; grandchildren Robert, Steven and Michelle, all of Winnipeg; and sister Ruth Packer of Whittier, California. Ken was predeceased by his wife Margaret (1993). Ken was born on September 16, 1925 in Fort Garry in the home where he grew up. He graduated from Kelvin High School where he played football. In January 1944, Ken voluntarily joined the R.C.A.F. As a Sergeant, he was a qualified Flight Engineer and Air Gunner. He spent nine weeks in Moncton, NB waiting to go overseas. However, the war ended and he was released in August 1945. After meeting his loving wife Margaret, they married on September 1, 1951. Ken started out as a waiter at C.N.R. and then moved into Sales with various firms through the late 1940s and 1950s. He discovered the automotive business in the early 1960s, starting with a small car lot on Portage Avenue. He then joined the Birchwood Group in 1963 until he retired in 1994 with National Leasing, where he was affectionately known as The Pack . Never one to sit idle, he continued with several different ventures just to keep busy. Ken belonged to the Metropolitan Club for many years and then the Cosmopolitan Club where he volunteered raising money for Camp Manitou. He also served as the President of the Chamber of Commerce. Dad loved to travel and to take pictures, lots of pictures. He could never meet enough new people. He also had a great love for Big Band and Jazz music, spent many Tuesday evenings at Mardi Jazz. Although he never played an instrument, he always encouraged music in his family. Family meant a lot to him and loved spending evenings around a campfire. A special Thank You to Sturgeon Creek II Retirement Home for all their help and understanding while Dad lived there. Prayer Service will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2400 Portage Ave. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Interment at the Assumption Cemetery will follow the reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken's memory to a charity of choice. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.mb.ca 885-9715


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