Kenneth Eddy

Ken-Dog, as he was affectionately known, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2023, at the age of 78, after a valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born on March 18, 1945, in Bathurst, New Brunswick, Kenneth Robert Eddy was a man of many qualities and passions. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Carole, his three devoted sons, Michael, Steven, and Peter, his five cherished grandchildren, Ashlyn, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Isla, and Moira, his siblings, nieces, nephews, and a vast network of friends, cousins, and business associates spanning Canada and beyond.

Education played a crucial role in Ken’s life, evidenced by his involvement in various academic pursuits. From his early years as a Boy Scout and cadet to his academic accomplishments at Bathurst High and Mount Allison University, Ken was a lifelong learner. He possessed an insatiable curiosity and always had a book at hand, whether it be a finance textbook, biography, or a work of fiction. Ken’s thirst for knowledge was unwavering, except perhaps when it came to horror novels, as they tended to frighten him a tad too much.

While family always held a special place in Ken’s heart, business was a significant part of his life as well. Starting at the young age of 16, Ken embarked on various roles within the family business. From carpentry and roofing to sales and finance, he gained invaluable experience and knowledge. After his graduation from Mount Allison, Ken spent 25 years as a banker, eventually rising to the position of Senior Vice President Branch Operations at Central Guaranty Trust. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the NSAHO Pension Plan and acted as interim CEO for the same organization. Furthermore, Ken dedicated 30 years as Chairman of the Board of Eddy Group Limited, a deeply cherished family enterprise.

Despite his professional commitments, Ken always made time for his passions and treasured the annual summer retreat to the picturesque Youghall Beach in New Brunswick. There, he reveled in salmon fishing, engaging in friendly competitions, digging into lobster boils, swimming in the ocean, building sandcastles, and watching majestic electrical storms over the bay. These moments, along with walks on the beach hand-in-hand with Carole, reuniting with old friends, and enjoying the company of family, filled Ken’s heart with joy.

Ken had an eclectic range of interests, embracing both the energetic atmosphere of an AC/DC concert and the poignant melodies of Les Misérables, a show he frequented more than 11 times. He delighted in the escapades of James Bond while quoting Shakespeare’s poetic verses, with the monologue from ‘As You Like It’ being his personal favorite. Ken and Carole explored the world, immersing themselves in different cultures, cuisines, religions, and art. Their shared experiences were gifts that Ken loved to share, as they helped shape his worldview and taught him the importance of empathy and understanding.

Philanthropy was one of Ken’s utmost passions, which he fervently pursued through his involvement with numerous charitable organizations. He dedicated his time to causes like Ronald McDonald House, the IWK Foundation, and the Canadian Cancer Society, contributing to the betterment of his community and beyond.

In accordance with Ken’s humble wishes, there will be no formal funeral service or grand celebration of his life. Instead, his family finds solace in the belief that he will live on through their memories and the impact he made on those lucky enough to have known him. Though the head of their table will forever remain vacant, their hearts overflow with cherished moments and immense pride for the life Ken embraced, the inspiration he provided, and the profound impact he had on countless lives.

In honor of Ken’s memory, the family kindly requests donations to be made to any of the charities that held a special place in his heart or to a charity of your choice. As Kōji Gushiken once said, “Concentrate and perfect yourself, and you will break through the barriers.” Ken embodied this philosophy and lived a life filled with relentless determination, unwavering love, and a genuine concern for the well-being of others.

To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit: http://www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.com

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