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Ken Baldwin

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Kenneth Gilbert Baldwin was born in Amherstburg, Ontario on Tuesday, July 13, 1943 to parents Walter and Alva (Bridgen) Baldwin. The Baldwin family resided in the small village of Colchester, outside of Harrow, where Ken was joined by younger sisters Sue and Ann. He attended the local public school before attending high school in Harrow. 

Ken soon relocated to Brampton where he commenced his Tool and Die Maker Apprenticeship with Northern Electric. It was around this time that opportunities became available to work abroad in this profession, so being young and single, Ken took full advantage of them. He packed his bags and moved to Taiwan where he spent two years, and this was followed by another two years in Mexico. By the early 1970’s he returned to Ontario and took a job opportunity with Ontario Hydro at Bruce Power Generating Station. 

In 1982, his trade led him to St. Catharines where he enjoyed working at Penberthy, one of his highlights being special opportunities to meet and assist vintage steam enthusiasts with their Penberthy steam whistles and injectors.  

In September of 1983, Ken was a member of the Niagara Corvette Club and attending an event; he was the proud owner of a black 1979, when his eye was drawn to a white 1979 model… or more like the owner of that car! 🙂 It was this evening that Ken would be introduced to his future wife, Lana Sildoja. The two hit it off immediately and in time Lana, and her son Jaak, 9, moved in with Ken. Jaak and Ken hit it off as well, and the two became very close, enjoying a great relationship throughout the remainder of their lives. Ken and Lana were married on October 22, 1988 and called St. Catharines home. 

Through a close friend in the Corvette Club whom Ken considered like a brother, Ken was initiated into Freemasonry as an active member of Niagara Lodge No. 2 in June, 1987; a passion he carried with him throughout his life. 

In 1990 a job opportunity became available at Bruce Power. Ken and Lana located a beautiful 40-acre parcel of land on the outskirts of Paisley that they soon called their own, constructing a house on the property together in the spring and summer of 1992. Ken remained at the Point until his retirement in 2011. In the final ten years of his career, Ken enjoyed teaching the craning & rigging course for Bruce Power at their training centre. 

Life was not all work and no play though, and Ken enjoyed many pastimes and hobbies. He enjoyed photography and was accomplished working with stain glass. Ken also tried his hand at making jewellery and even took up quilting. As Lana put it, Ken often asked, “Show me how this machine works?” Once he got the hang of it, he was off to the races. In fact, his quilting accomplishments were impressive. Ken won best overall quilt at both the Harrow and Paisley Fairs, in different years… outstanding! He and Lana loved the outdoors and together they enjoyed a variety of camping excursions as well as travelling throughout Ontario waterways on their boat. If fishing and the fish were not biting, Ken would cast his line in 3 different locations, quickly reel his line in, and announce, “the fish are not biting” and move on… so it is safe to say he was not the most committed fisherman. On one trip when they were in a small anchorage northwest of Killarney, Ken tried his hand at a releasing nightline. Jaak was helping and he continued to roll out the line, never thinking about the end of the reel. Let’s just say the line disappeared below the surface of the water and the Baldwins caught no fish that night! 

Ken was a collector too! He loved to get his hands on old tractor parts, or a new steam whistle or oil can for his collections. Travelling was another favourite pastime for Ken and Lana. They often travelled to B.C. and Nova Scotia to visit Jaak as he was a MARS Officer in the Navy. Likewise, through the years they travelled much of North America and enjoyed the two winters they spent in Arizona. It must also be added that Ken loved animals, particularly dogs. If he was on the street, he would stop to greet (and pet) every single dog he passed. At home, he received (and gave) his fair share of love and affection to his beloved labs, Quigley and Mocha (aka Fat Boy). In recent years he took a liking to reading gory novels and often didn’t put them down until the book was done. During these episodes, Lana would jokingly put on a “Hi, my name is…” just to keep him on his toes. He enjoyed his country music, and was particularly fond of singing, and could often be heard as he worked or moved around the house. 

After moving north, Ken became a valued member of St. Lawrence Lodge No. 131. Through the years he progressed through the various chairs of the Lodge finally sitting as W.M. in 1996. Ken was elected D.D.G.M. of Bruce District in 2003 and represented the Grand Master in Bruce District and throughout the province. Ken was also a member of the Mocha Shrine Club, where he enjoyed clowning around as “Baldy” the clown. 

Ken was a compassionate and kind man, who always put the needs of others, especially his family’s, before himself. He loved people and being social. He was extremely devoted to his family. Family time was very important to Ken, and he always looked forward to seeing Jaak, Darcy, Isaak, and Riva. Many memorable adventures were had with the grandkids on the oceanside searching for a variety of critters and shells. Ken was always interested in hearing about the latest activities and interests of his grandkids. He was never one to miss video call showing Lego creations, art projects, dance demonstrations, singing, ukulele and clarinet playing. In 2019 Jaak, Darcy, Isaak and Riva visited Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls. Ken and Lana spent time with them at the water park watching the kids go down the huge slides, playing arcade games, bowling and watching the kids enjoy all the great fun the Lodge had to offer. In recent years both he and Lana would travel to Nova Scotia to spend time with Jaak, Darcy and the kids at Halloween. They always enjoyed seeing Jaak’s creative Halloween displays and getting to trick or treat with the kids.  He also looked forward to the Pillon Weekend spent with family every September. He truly will be missed! In recent years, Lana and Ken often volunteered at McGregor Park as camp hosts. Here they met a variety of people, from all walks of life, and enjoyed hearing of all their adventures. 

Sadly, Ken was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, and although it set him back, he was brave and determined to fight and fight he did. Although he slowed down in recent years Ken was always up for watching a ball game on the TV or catching up with family and friends. He truly made the best of every day. Sadly, the cancer reappeared this past January. In recent months Ken was provided much love, care, and support from his sweetie, Lana, his family, and friends. Ken passed away with his loving wife by his side at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in his 79th year. 

Beloved husband of Lana and father of Jaak Sildoja (Darcy McBay) of Fall River, N.S. He will be dearly missed by his loving grandchildren Isaak and Riva. Cherished brother of Sue (Jim) Young of Sudbury and Ann (Roger) Clark of Belleville. Ken will be forever remembered by his nephew Andrew, niece Allison (Wes) and their daughters Madison, Emma and great-nephew Nicholas. He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Alva (Bridgen) Baldwin. 

In respecting Ken’s wishes, private family services will be held. Memorial donations to the Owen Sound Hospital Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy. 

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Alan Baldwin
August 24, 2021

We are deeply sadden, to hear of the news of Ken’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers.
Alan & Alison Baldwin

Lee Ann ( Baldwin) Swarts
August 24, 2021

So Sorry to hear of the passing of cousin “Butch”. I wish we could have got together one more time at the Harrow Legion ( Nevada Date) ,the Harrow Fair weekend, and good ol’ Baldwin belly laughs, with tales of family fun! Thinking of you at this difficult time !

August 9, 2021

Lana I am so sorry that I cannot be with you during this very sad time.
I have been thinking of you each day after you called me
I am sending big hugs to,you
Sincerely , Audrey

Susanne Leifso
August 5, 2021

My deepest sympathies go out to you, LANA, and your families. What a wonderful man who you shared your life with! Great memories…& you owe it to your great taste in Corvettes! Thx for sharing the stories of your husband’s adventures!

Julia, Quinn and Rhett
August 5, 2021

Lana, sending positive thoughts to you during this difficult time.

Carrie McBay
August 5, 2021

My deepest sympathy for your loss Lana. Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort.

Rhys, Renee, David, Owen, Eleanor and Meghan
August 3, 2021

Ken was such a wonderful person and we are really going to miss him. When David and Owen came out to Paisley to visit with Jaak, Ken took them for a ride on his tractor and the boys were just over the moon. He was a natural with kids and his gentle spirit really made them feel at ease.
Our thoughts are with all of you.

Gwen Skelton
August 2, 2021

Lana My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Ken

Kay wells
July 30, 2021

Lana, I am very sorry to read this – I didn’t know Ken but know you will be going through a difficult time throughout this. With sincere sympathy Kay Wells

Shannon Rhody
July 29, 2021

My deepest sympathy to you Lana & family. Ken was truly one of a million with a heart of gold and will be missed by anyone that was blessed to know him. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Shannon Rhody

Fred Mandeno
July 28, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Kens passing, I had the pleasure of working with Ken at BP for several years. Condolences to Lana and family. RIP Kenny

Stephanie Alexander & Family
July 28, 2021

I will always remember his huge smile, great laugh and his many stories! The stories were always great….even if we had heard them a dozen times before 🙂

I was truly saddened to hear of his passing.

Hugs to Lana and the rest of the family!

Don Lockhart
July 28, 2021

Ken and l have been friends since 1962 when we started our apprenticeship at Northern Electric in Bramalea Ontario as tool and die makers. I remember Ken belonged to a car club and built a hot 1962 Chevrolet with the skill and quality that he displayed during the rest of his career as a tradesman. Over the years I have many stories l could tell of the good times we had but some things l couldn’t print. Ken old buddy l will surely miss you and our talks about old times. Don

Glen McGillivray
July 28, 2021

Lana and Family, you have my deepest sympathy. I had the privilege of working with Ken during his final years at the Bruce. Ken was an extremely caring and intelligent man.

Ray Smith
July 27, 2021

Sorry for your loss Lana and Family, Ken was a very knowledgeable guy and just a great guy to be around, so sorry to hear of his passing

Debbie Hettrick
July 26, 2021

Lana and family I am sorry tohear of Ken’s passing.thinking of you during and after this difficult time.

Debbie Hettrick
July 26, 2021

Lana and family
I am sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless

Ray Buttineau sr.
July 26, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ken”s passing…Our prayers and thoughts are with the family..I’m going to miss our sincere talks..Ken always knew what to say and when..Never danced around the truth and i’ll missed that..Take care brother..Ray

July 26, 2021

Sorry to hear this. Ken was a great person to work with. Im sure he will be missed by his family.

Garry,Ila Caldwell
July 25, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to you Lana, and your family. Our neighborhood will not be the same,sending our kindest regards, from neighbors, Garry, lla & family

John and Helen Leader
July 25, 2021

Just heard of Kens passing Lana. So sorry to hear. He was a good friend, and I know you will miss him dearly. Thinking of you. Sincerely,

Ev Craddock
July 25, 2021

So sorry to hear of Kens passing Lana. Jim and I always enjoyed a good chat when we ran into you guys. Our sincere condolences.

Ed & Judi Percy
July 25, 2021

Lana we were so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Though we have lost touch over the years, we have many fond memories of our time spent with you and the rest of the gang in the Niagara Corvette Club.

Bob & Marlene Ruff
July 25, 2021

Our condolences to the Baldwin Family, our thoughts and prayers.

Cathy and Gary Lund
July 25, 2021

Lana, we are so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. Sending sincere sympathies.

Kim Robinson
July 25, 2021

Dear Lana & your family,
I have many fond memories of Ken & will miss him dearly.
His contributions to the Paisley Fall Fair will be missed (when we can have another one).
Love and hugs to you all

Norah Toth
July 25, 2021

Hello Lana and Family,
My memories of Ken are when you, as a couple, Hosted at MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Ken was conscientious, helpful, friendly and fun. I’m glad to have shared these times with you.
Treasure your memories. They will stay with you forever!

WM. Bryan Mombourquette
July 25, 2021

Ken’s brethren from St. Lawrence Masonic lodge No. 131 are sorry to see him pass to the grand lodge above. He will forever be in our hearts.

July 25, 2021

The very best brother a girl could have…loved you dearly 💗.

Gary and Marilyn Lauzon
July 24, 2021

Our hearts goes out to you and your family Lana. I work with Ken for years on the turbine crew and enjoyed seeing you smiling grin when were teaching and at W.N.T.D. You will be dearly be missed old friend.
Glod Bless you Ken.

joe dickerson
July 24, 2021

Sorry to lose a long-time friend, it seems like yesterday we were neighbors, it seems like this morning we were laughing our heads off at the Training Centre. Ken – you will be sorely missed. Joe.

Jan wagner
July 24, 2021

So very sorry to hear of your loss. It was quite easy to recognise that you had a great friend to walk beside and enjoy life together. Thinking of you.

Chuck and Linda Stuckey
July 24, 2021

Lana and Family
We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences.

Rick and Fran Zahorchak
July 24, 2021

We are very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, our sincere condolences to Lana and family.

Fred and Gladys Fiss
July 24, 2021

Lana, we always enjoyed our visits with the two of you. Ken will be missed by many.

Gerald & Maureen Higgins
July 24, 2021

We are also at a loss, love you Lana. May God take good care of Ken, RIP….Maureen & Gerald Higgins

frank stolp
July 24, 2021

To the family of Ken Baldwin. As an old employee at the Bruce “A” my memories I have of Ken he was a great person working with. Certainly he will be greatly missed by his family and friends and workers “the old timers of Bruce “A” Mine sincere condolences to the whole family and treasure all the time you had with him. Frank S

Mary and Bob Cottrill
July 24, 2021

Lana, so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, treasure your memories., Ken was one of a kind.

Joanne Craddock
July 24, 2021

So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing Lana ….Condolences to you and your family

Bert Hatton
July 24, 2021

Sorry to here of your loss Lana. Ken and I worked together at Northern Electric 1966 until he left for Ontario Hydro in 72.

Keith Flaherty
July 24, 2021

We have lost a good man .
Travel you new home brother.
The spirit returns to God who have it.
We will miss you.
Condolences to the family.

Clarke & Helen Pollock
July 24, 2021

Very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing .. Helen & I had many friendly visits @ Social Functions with Ken & Lana, along with other like minded people . R I P ( R.W. ) Ken ..

Jim and Nancy Kline
July 24, 2021

Lana . So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing . Lots of good memories over the years .

Doug Duplantis
July 24, 2021

So sorry to hear , worked with Ken since his NE days ,he was a great guy !

bob mencel
July 24, 2021

I knew Ken from work , very nice soft spoken man. We will miss him. My condolences to his family.

Sue Neff and Eric Allan
July 24, 2021

Lana, we are so very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, our hearts are broken. We have so many wonderful memories filled with so much laughter over the last 40 years of friendship. Ken was one of those people that added value to your life as soon as you met him, he was truly unforgettable. His incredible sense of humour and his sense of honour and dedication to his family and friends made him admired by so many. Thank you Ken for the laughter and your friendship Rest In Peace , you were truly a good man❤️

Jim and Bev Hudvsgner
July 24, 2021

Our deepest sympathy

Gerald Brooks
July 24, 2021

My condolences to the Baldwin Family. Some people have a secret identitie Like Clark Kent was Superman. Ken Baldwin the quiet soft spoken man was under all that make up . A clown The world of jestures will miss you .

David and Jackie Munshaw
July 24, 2021

Our heartfelt thoughts go out to Ken’s family in this time of sorrow.

Ken and Marg Cunningham
July 24, 2021

Ken will be missed by all and I will always remember the good times with him. All of our sympathy to Lana and her family

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