MARIT, Ken - born: February 24, 1952 and died: November 7, 2008. Ken Marit beloved husband of Kerry Colborne Marit of Cochrane passed away suddenly on Friday November 7th at the age of 56 years.
Known for his easy smile and boundless love for his children, Ken leaves behind many friends from the varied aspects of his full life. Ken was the oldest son of a South West Saskatchewan farm family and like many of his contemporaries hockey was a life long passion.
His father Lorne drove Ken and his brothers to the local hockey rink every day of the winter and from an early age Ken excelled. He later played with (the Regina Pats - 1968-72) and the Des Moines Iowa Capitals until a shoulder injury ended his hockey career in 1973. Ken's love of hockey would remain though and surface again as he raised his three boys, all of whom were active in Cochrane minor hockey. Ken moved from the family farm to Calgary in 1981 to work in commercial sales to the gas services industry. He recently retired to devote his full-time energies to managing the relocation and expansion of Marit Stables, the business he ran jointly with wife Kerry. With the expansion completed he and Kerry looked forward to travelling further afield for equestrian shows and events. Kerry and their daughter Augusta are both accomplished equestrians and helping them realize their dreams was an important part of Ken's life. For the past few years Ken has been known as the Marit dad in Cochrane Cobra high school football.
All three of his boys have played and excelled in the fine Cobra program and Ken's steady hand was a support for many of the outstanding young men involved. Ken was a man of quiet strength. He worked hard to provide a good life for his wife and family. He loved his children Justin, Adam, Augusta and Jack and his recently deceased daughter Danielle, without limit. Special friends of his children like Alicia, Brittany, and many, many others were like family to him.
Ken is predeceased by his father Lorne and daughter Danielle. He will be missed by his mother Cecile Marit, brothers Doug and his wife Jo (all of Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan), Rick and wife Deena (of Fife Lake, Saskatchewan) and Grant and wife Carol (of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan) and their children, together with the families of his brothers-in-law Paul (Janice) Colborne and J.D. (Kim) Colborne and sister-in-law Carmen (Greg Kletke) Colborne.
Over the years Ken was a kind and caring son-in-law to Diana Colborne of Cochrane and he leaves behind numerous special aunts, uncles and cousins and scores of close friends. His beloved wife and partner Kerry invites all who wish to remember Ken to join their family for Funeral Services at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, Alberta) on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends or family so desire donations may be made in Ken's name to fund a special program to be determined at Football Alberta (780)427-8108 or www.footballalberta.ab.ca In living memory of Ken Marit, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone (403) 932-4740