May 30, 1941 – Atlanta, Georgia
December 1, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
Even as a boy, Ken had a strong sense of person, becoming the youngest member of his church at 8 years of age. He carried that determination and sense of self when he attended Oglethorpe University and graduated in mathematics and physics while playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. After declining an invitation to a tryout with the Detroit Tigers, he enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. A Presbyterian minister for seventeen years in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, he moved his family to Toronto to pursue a PhD in adult education, interested specifically in how adults learn. His ministry continued in Toronto at Calvin Presbyterian Church before moving to Calgary where he ministered at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church. He fell in love with Canada, became a citizen, and called Canada his “home and chosen land”. A lover of music, he played clarinet and saxophone in high school before becoming the drum major. Later he sang with several choirs and toured Europe performing at Rudolfinum in Prague. His love of sports continued as an unwavering fan of the Atlanta Braves and University of Georgia football. As a lifelong learner, he read in disciplines from economics to philosophy to geology filling the house with books. Most importantly, he made impactful and long-lasting connection with diverse people and was interested in their stories. He supported and contributed to local communities and to global causes assisting those in need and humanitarian crises.
Besides his loving wife, Sibbie, Ken is survived by his brothers, Benjamin and Joseph; sister Laura; sons, Calvin and Christian; and five grandchildren, Joseph, Alexander, Maxin, Francis, and Wallace.
A Celebration of Ken’s Life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In an effort to support the medical services that served him so well, if friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca.
In living memory of Ken Borden, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.