Kenneth Nickolas Firman
Passed on April 15, 2021
August 12, 1953 – April 15, 2021 We sadly announce the unexpected passing of Kenneth Nickolas Firman at the age of 67 at the Arborg & District Health Centre. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his nephew Nicholas (Kari) of Ottawa, and his niece Tanya of Seattle. He also leaves numerous cousins whom he cherished dearly.
Kenny was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Olive, his brother, Terry and sister-in-law Mary, and his fur baby, Orlie.
Kenny was born and raised in Arborg. After completing High School, he worked at the Arborg Co-op for Bjorn Bjornson, hauling fertilizer. The job entailed driving a large truck for the very first time. Kenny rose to the challenge and quickly mastered that skill. He was so proud of this accomplishment that he framed his very first pay cheque. Kenny attended Red River College taking a commercial cooking course, after which he worked at a number of hospital kitchens. Kenny returned to Red River College, graduated with a hairdressing diploma and secured a job at the T- Eaton’s company, where he worked for several years. Kenny also worked at the Rankin Inlet Hotel, NWT and on the Dew Line as a cook.
Kenny successfully owned and operated, Ken’s Catering Service and catered hundreds of special events in the area. He was most famous for his roast beef dinner topped off with the best gravy. Kenny was also very community minded and volunteered at the Arborg Heritage Village for the past 10 years. He volunteered his catering services and expertise annually, managing and planning the meals for several of the largest fundraisers in the community. Kenny’s “catering girls” were treated like family and once a year Kenny made sure to take them to the city for a special meal and maybe even a stop at the Casino.
For the past 15 years, Kenny was employed at the Arborg Assisted Living. He was passionate, personable, and hardworking employee who took great pride in creating delicious, nutritional and tasty meals. He was mentor to many young staff members at the Assisted Living over the years and a co-worker that everyone looked forward to working with. Kenny was loved and cherished by all the tenants and staff at the Arborg Assisted Living and the feeling was mutual.
Ken was a devoted and loving son and care giver to his Mother in her later years. He was proud of his nephew and niece and often spoke of their accomplishments. Kenny took pride in renovating his house by himself and tending his beautiful yard and flowers. He was well travelled and loved traveling. His last two trips to England, he invited his cousins Alice, Gwen and Hazel to join him to meet relatives there and research family. Kenny was so looking forward to traveling again when restrictions would be lifted.
Another of Kenny’s favourite hobbies was attending auction sales, where he spent the whole day looking for treasures and socializing. We will miss his unmistakable laugh, his big smile and his daily compliments.
Kenny was a kind, caring, companionate, and fun-loving man, a wonderful person who will be missed by everyone who knew him!
We would like to thank the Ambulance Attendants and the e Emergency physicians and staff at the Arborg & District Health Care Centre for their compassionate care.
If so desired, you can make a donation in Kenny’s memory to a charity of your choice. There will be a celebration of Kenny’s life at a later date.
“Til we meet again”
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