GALLINGER, Kenneth Lyle
October 2, 1933 – June 7, 2021
Ken Gallinger went home to be with his Saviour Jesus at Headwaters Health Care Centre, Orangeville on Monday, June 7, 2021,at the age of 87. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 63 years, Kal, and a wonderful father to his son Tom and daughter Diane (Tom Klubi). Our family life was full of faith,
love and laughter and we were always there for one another to listen, pray, help and encourage, no matter what came our way. We are so thankful for all the great years we had together. We love you. Thank you for everything you did and all you gave. You succeeded in life in the best way possible and are missed more deeply than we can say.
Ken was born in 1933 in Bell Falls, Quebec, to Cecil and Vera Gallinger. Ken was raised in Ontario in Cornwall and Fort William (now Thunder Bay). He was predeceased by his dear brother Ralph, but is survived by his sisters Bettie and Shirley. Ken loved his surviving extended family: Don and Sandy Sinfield of Thunder Bay (brother and sister-in-law) Margery Gallinger of Ottawa (sister-in-law), Joy Matis, and his nieces and nephews Tom, Jennifer, Jessica, Jim, Bill, Scott, Diane, Brad, Jacquie, Cindy, Peter and Kathy and their spouses and children.
Ken attended College Militaire Royale in St. Jean, Quebec, and Royal Military College in Kingston. After graduating with the Class of ’57, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator on CF-100 jets. After leaving the military in 1960, Ken excelled when he went into the business world, first in sales with RL Crane in Montreal and then serving as President of Anthes Business Forms in Brampton. Ken later worked with Data Business Forms in Toronto. He founded his own company, Tristar Business Forms, with his wife Kal in 1987. Ken was always an outgoing people person with a ready sense of humour. His deep personal integrity and honesty, combined with his commitment to serving others with excellence, were keys to his success. Ken never fully retired from Tristar. His commitment to the people he served and his loyalty to his suppliers stayed with him right to the end of his life.
All through his life, Ken was passionate about sports. Ken was a serious athlete who played Junior A hockey with the Fort William Hurricanes. At RMC, he played college hockey and football and joined the boxing team. Ken was also an avid golfer. Tickets to see the Leafs or the Jays were prized possessions, but he never failed to share them for others to enjoy as well. We miss seeing him in his blue chair at home, popcorn in hand, watching all kinds of sports as a favourite pastime.
Ken lived his faith. He was a man who loved and trusted Christ, which was reflected in his positive attitude to life and love of encouraging others. Ken lived a life of unselfish sacrificial giving of time, money and help. Many times the family home became a place of healing, provision and refuge for others. Tristar became a platform of opportunity for young people or clients needing a helping hand to build a better life. Ken had the courage of his convictions. He never compromised what he knew was morally right to gain the approval of others.
Ken was also a community builder. He served faithfully in service roles in his church. Much of his volunteer work was focused on helping young people. He was a founder of the Applewood Hills Soccer League, formed with the goal of giving children equal time on the field regardless of ability in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship. Ken was also a devoted board member for many years of Highland Youth for Christ in Orangeville. He was a long-time volunteer with HYFC’s satellite youth mission, The Door, in Shelburne. He and Kal spent many cold winter nights parked in a modified cube truck, providing hot chocolate and a caring meeting place for Shelburne’s young people when few such opportunities existed in the town.
We wish to thank all those who have supported and loved us through this difficult time. Our deepest thanks and respect go to Pastor Carol McLean and our church family at Jehovah Jireh Christian Ministries in Caledon. We also thank all our dear family and friends who have demonstrated such exceptional faithfulness and love. Thanks also go to the compassionate nurses and doctors of F-Wing at Headwaters Hospital. Thank you, Dr. Ken Derksen, for being an exceptional family doctor over the years.
A Memorial Service will take place at a date to be announced.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com.
Monday June 7th 2021
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Kenneth Gallinger Monday June 7th 2021..
Décès pour la Ville:Orangeville, Province: Ontario