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Glen Fredrick Kalinsky
February 11, 1937 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Glen Frederick Kalinsky on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at the age of 86 years.
Glen was born on Wednesday, February 11, 1937 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Edward Frank Kalinsky and Matilda Schmidt. Glen was one of seven children. He grew up in Winnipeg and learned at an early age that good old-fashioned hard work brought in good money. However, Glen also learned that playing hard was more fun. Glen joined the Air Force for over a year but had to leave to support his family.
Glen married Barbara Rose Canning on January 28, 1956 and they shared three children together; Glenda, Ricky, and Donna. This marriage ended and Glen made his way out west to Alberta. He got a job in fire protection and eventually married Karen Yakaluk. She brought four children in their union, which lasted for ten years. Glen then found Yvonne Kim Emery. Yvonne brought four children into their marriage; Clint, Tara, Crystal, and Christopher. Glen and Yvonne had one child together, a son named Kevin. Glen and Yvonne were married in 1985 and stayed together until her death in 2008.
Glen loved the outdoors and took every opportunity to be outside. One of Glen’s favorite hobbies was fishing. He was often found at a lake, river, pond, or puddle fishing for something. Glen also loved the game of crib. He spent many years playing this game with anyone and everyone. With the decades of crib playing, this made Glen a whiz at math. Glen was very skilled at doing math equations in his head and could answer any math question before you could even finish asking. Glen never lost the ability to do math.
Glen loved his job and was very proud of his life-long career. Glen was very well known and respected in southern Alberta for his work ethic and friendships. Glen knew everybody and befriended everyone he met. He maintained life-long friendships which also included several Hutterite Colonies throughout southern Alberta.
Glen did work hard, however he also played even harder. Glen never turned down a drink and always seemed to have a drinking buddy everywhere he went. As time moved on, Glen started to slowly show signs of aging, despite his denial. He was finally forced into retiring past the age of retirement. However that did not stop him from working as he was doing jobs for people on his own. Time finally started to show through, and the last ten years of Glen’s life was riddled with health issues. Glen never let that stop him. He continued to spend time with the huge community of friends he had accumulated over the years.
The last five years of Glen’s life became very difficult as Glen spent most of his time at doctor offices, specialists, hospitals, or having surgeries. Glen never let this stop him from going out to meet up with friends.
Even though Glen was in pain and suffering, you could still find Glen at a Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s once a day for coffee with friends. Glen’s life was lived to the fullest extent of his ability. Glen will be missed by his children and the many friends he had.
Rest well Glen, you deserve it.
Cremation has been entrusted to Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home.