Ken Blacklock 1937–2016


Suzanne Aardema send us the sad news of popular Alberta poet Ken Blacklock’s death. She wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to inform you of the passing of Ken Blacklock, cowboy poet and all around good soul. On December 1 Ken passed away when the car he was diving hit two loose horses that were on the road near his home near Onaway, Alberta, Canada. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle.”

Find an obituary here, which states, in part:

It is with great sadness and much love that we say goodbye to Kenneth Raymond Blacklock (known as Smoke or Poet to many); father, grandfather and valued friend who passed away suddenly on December 1, 2016.

…An Albertan beginning to end, he was born on February 16, 1937 in Jasper Park, Alberta. Over a long and widely traveled life he was a Scout leader, truck driver, RCAF corporal, tax accountant, expeditor, storyteller, coal miner, blaster, cowboy poet, Folk Festival volunteer and many other endeavors where a quick mind, solid work ethic and willingness to try new things were an advantage.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday the 17th of December 2016 at the Hope Christian Reformed Church located at 1004 Highway 16 Parkland County (corner of Highway 16 and Highway 779).

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Ken’s name to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to The Royal Canadian Legion.