Saturday, April 21, 2007

Ken Aitken has Passed Away

One of the very best genealogy educators and writers I have ever known has passed away. Ken Aitken, who was a genealogy librarian, researcher, writer, educator, speaker, blogger, encourager and friend died of complications due to ALS in Penticton BC today.

You can read Ken's obituary at http://genealogyeducation.wordpress.com/2007/04/21/kens-passing/ and find Neil Aitken's musings about his father at http://www.lone-crow.com/PoetryBlog/?p=312. You can comment about his passing at both sites.

I never met Ken, but I feel like I "know" him well. I enjoyed reading and commenting on his Genealogy Education blog because his posts and opinions challenged me to think. Ken was a true professional in everything he did. His passion for genealogy research and education was inspirational. He walked the walk and talked the talk. I encourage each of you to go to his blog and read his posts - you will understand what I mean.

My heart is heavy, but I am glad that he is out of his physical pain. My prayers are with his family and friends - may they celebrate a life well lived (although way too short), appreciate him as a spouse, parent, grandparent and friend, and remember him for his goodness and love for life.

1 comment:

Miriam said...

Oh, so very sad. Ken was one of the first bloggers (along with you and Craig) whose blogs I ever read. But, like you, I am glad he is at peace and rest. Thanks for letting us know, Randy.