Kenneth Michael Albert

Passed 01/02/2023


Obituary For Kenneth Michael Albert

Kenny, passed away at home surrounded by the love of his family on January 2,2023 at the age of 67.

Anyone that knew dad, knows he was not your traditional guy. He lived by his own rules and did whatever he pleased.

He was born and raised on Connolly Street Halifax, attending St. Catherine’s School and later, St. Patrick’s high School.

Dad was one of 4 children in the family, and was the baby, he always said he was the spoiled one, and his siblings would probably agree. He got away with everything that the others didn’t and was proud to say so. Dad was also my grandparent’s problem child; he was the one that got into trouble and fights and wreaked havoc. I remember nanny shaking her head as dad would be telling me stories of what he did as a child and saying “Kenny, don’t you be telling her that stuff” and dad would smile at her and continue his story.

Dad’s love of listening and playing music stayed with him even after losing his hearing as a teenager, he would sing and play guitar even if he was singing off key and many lyrics behind. Although losing his hearing was hard on him it didn’t stop him from enjoying the music he loved so much.

He was the most humorous and sarcastic person I had ever met; dad would say some of the most inappropriate jokes or comments and that was just him, forward and blunt and I wouldn’t want him any other way, it was one of the many things I loved about him (most of the time). He would often tell me, “Tracy, along with my good looks, your sarcastic personality is all me, you got my best features!”

Dad was happiest being outdoors, hunting, fishing, and golfing were a few of his many passions. He spent many years hunting in Nova Scotia with his buddies Kenny Bell and his cousin Bobby in Stewiacke, fishing in the Musquodoboit river and the many lakes in Dartmouth. Dad wanted me to share in his love of fishing and was so excited to take me fishing for the first time when I was in my early teens (fishing with dad was the last thing I wanted to do). He had me all dressed up in his hip waders, had my fishing rod ready, he was in his glory! Well, my first cast the hook got caught on a rock or something, as dad was coming to help me he tripped, knocked me under the water and the hip waders filled up with water and pulled me under, to me I was going to drown (at least that’s how I remember it), when dad pulled me up he was laughing his head off, the madder I got the more he laughed (he may tell this story differently but to me it was a near death experience). He would still tell that to anyone who would listen.

In 1998 dad moved to Kelowna BC where he met many great friends and found new fishing holes like Bluie Lake and McCullogh Lake, he always bragged about how good the fishing was, how beautiful it was there. He would tell me stories about being at work at McCullogh Orchard Greens and it being hot and sunny and looking up at the mountains covered in snow, I wish I could have seen that with him. After a long hot day at work dad headed to the local bar, (surprise, surprise), anyone who knew dad knew he loved his drink. “A nice cold beer to end the day was just what the doctor ordered” he said. He got that beer at the Bunk House Bar and Grill, where he met many, many great people (his words, not mine). Dads has said so many names of his friends since he moved back to Nova Scotia that it is impossible to remember them all but two special people, he often talked about was Al and Marion, he called them his best friends and second parents, they became his BC family, and he forever held them in his heart.

When dad moved back to Nova Scotia, he spoke many times about going golfing with his brothers, he really enjoyed spending time with them, especially after losing his sister and sister-in-law in 2021, I feel family became a bit more of a priority to him. He told me just recently that was one of the things he would miss the most.

Dad had a love of cooking, and man he could make the best rare steak going, his Chinese food wasn’t bad either. I recently made him won ton soup and he was genuinely surprised that it was good (or he was lying to spare my feelings) but he ate it! I guess I got my cooking skills from him too.

I have to say that Dad did break my heart when I found out he was a Montreal Canadians fan, I would tease him and tell him I was so disappointed (I really didn’t care, I don’t watch hockey, but I had fun bugging him and believe me, he deserved it).

Dad will be loving remembered and never forgotten by, daughter Tracy (Freeman) Monk, grandchildren Tyler Monk (Haley) and Cheyenne Monk. Brothers, Ralph (Maureen) Albert, Ronald Albert, nephews Ryan Albert, Craig MacDonald, Christopher Jennings, nieces Tina and Rhonda Jennings, godson, Mathew Gouchie and very special friend and love Donna Gouchie and Last, but not least his fur princess, Aries.

Dad was predeceased by parents, Randolph, and Dorothy (nee Hiltz) Albert, sister Sheila Jennings and sister in-law Sandy Albert.

Dad wanted to send a special thank you to a few people, first is Maureen, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have what I have today, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Donna for being with me the last few months, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have been able to stay at home. Thank You, lots of love.

Korrine (who had a special connection with dad and dad lovingly called a pain in the ass) and Martha and all the nurses from the VON for there kindness and support for him and his family during this difficult time.

I’m going to leave you with a poem that dad held dear to his heart and wanted me to share!

Our hearts still ache with sadness, secret tears still fall, what it meant to lose you no one will ever know. Each time we see your picture you seem to smile and say, “Don’t cry I’m only sleeping, will meet again some day”. So peaceful be thy sleep, is sweet to breathe thy names. In life we dearly loved and in death we feel the same.

Love Always, Ken

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  • 01/16/2023

    Ralph, Ronnie, Maureen and Family. Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Marie

  • 01/16/2023

    Ronnie, Ralph & Maureen. So sorry to hear of Kenny's passing. May fond memories guide you and family members during this time. Jo-Ann

  • 01/13/2023

    Growing up, the Albert's back yard and ours were separated by a fence, which we were always climbing to get in one yard or another. We got in a lot of trouble together as kids! I sure would've enjoyed jamming with him in our later years, as I play guitar also. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

  • 01/12/2023

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew Kenny from St. Catherine's School. After a number of years living away somehow we reconnected and hung out for awhile. He was such a nice guy. Only about a year ago we reconnected again in the school group and said how nice it would be to have a gathering and walk through the school. Was so hoping that would have happened Again my very sincere condolences to all Patricia LeFaive

  • 01/12/2023

    What a beautifully written obituary ... If you didn't know Kenny, you sure got a great sense of the man that he was.... He sure loved life... laughter, scrapping and a good argument. I first met Kenny when I was 17 and met the love of my life in the pubs.... Brian McCarthy. Always had a soft spot for Kenny ... The one thing that stood out for me was his kindness towards me.. .. always. I met his brothers later in life. They were always at the clubs where Brian played drums with the Echoes. Kenny used to sit on McCarthy's back step in the Pubs listening to the band every Saturday when they would practice. He sure loved music. Brian says Kenny always loved going up to the canteen in the Army Barracks where he would buy a huge brown bag of candies. In those days, about .25 worth. Lol Lots of fun memories. A life fully lived, that's for sure. So long for now, ole friend. Sending much love and deep sympathy to Kenny's entire family.. .. Judy & Brian McCarthy

  • 01/12/2023

    My earliest memories of Uncle Kenny involved music. I recall him showing me how to hold and strum a guitar even though I could barely get my arms around it. I loved listening to him play. I remember him playing me Beatles songs, each time, after belting it out he would ask me if his singing sounded good ... It always sounded perfect to me, and I told him so. He would play and sing for as long as I would listen. I remember a litter of pups being born at my grandparents home. He was as in love with those pups as I was. His love for animals was huge, and we still discussed 'Schooner' when I saw him last month. I remember his creative work. Drawing, and some carving work ( if I'm remembering correctly) Amazing creativity. I remember him always laughing, teasing, and joking, with exception of a particular Saturday night. I was sneaking my way into a local watering hole with a few friends. I shuffled inside feeling nervous as I was underage. A man with perfect hair and an abnormally crisp white shirt and a huge smile was walking toward me. " "Hi sweetheart, ( the grin then turned very serious) we both know you're not old enough to be here, so I think it's time you turn around and and get home. Want me to call your Dad to pick you up?" Nope! He hugged me , said he loved me and added... "Come back when you're old enough to buy your Uncle a beer" He was loving, he was kind, funny, talented and he would also want me to mention handsome if he were writing this with me. He was a constant preesence moreso in my younger years, and while living in BC , would call or face time just to check in. His laughter, humor, and larger than life presence will be missed by all of us. Each in our own way. Rest peacefully Uncle Kenny. You were the best "Crazy Uncle, rockstar" a girl could ask for. XOXO

  • 01/11/2023

    I would like to offer my condolences to Kenny's family & friends. I knew Kenny from school, (we were in the same grade )also I grew up on Chester Ave. I knew him well in his younger years I remember him as a kind and easy going guy that was friendly with everybody. We lost contact when we moved and never reconnected. I am saddened to hear of his passing. Helen MacKenzie

  • 01/10/2023

    To Kenny's family and friends ,our condolences on your loss.You are in our thoughts and prayers.From Brian and Joyce Albert and Donna (Albert) and Paul Steadman of Mount Uniacke

  • 01/10/2023

    So sorry for everyone's loss, Ken was a neighbour, school chum(St.Catherines) and always a joker in the bunch. Will be missed of that I am sure. Susan Bourque Marlow

  • 01/10/2023

    My deepest condolences to Kenny's family and bothers Ralph & Ronnie and their families.

  • 01/10/2023

    Ronnie, Ralph, Maureen and family , So very sorry to hear of Kenny's passing . I am so glad I was able to meet him again in Pugwash a couple of years ago after not seeing him since our school days . My deepest condolences to you all , his daughter and all of the family . Bonnie

  • 01/10/2023

    So sorry to hear of my cousin Kenny's passing. Condolences to his family. RIP Kenny

  • 01/10/2023

    Condolences also go out to Kenny's daughter Tracy, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. God Bless

  • 01/10/2023

    To brothers Ralph Ron and sister-in-law Maureen , we offer our deepest condolences and prayers on Kenny's passing. Being close neighbours of Ralph's we would see Kenny pull up in his Ram 1500 truck every morning in Ralph's driveway. A very close knit brotherhood. God Bless.... Neighbours Dave and Gerry

  • 01/10/2023

    Deepest sympathies to Kenny's family. The hurt will never go away but the memories will help you through! Love the Nickersons

  • 01/10/2023

    Dear Maureen & Ralph and your family members , I am so sorry to hear of Kenneth's passing. Take care of yourselves.

  • 01/10/2023

    My deepest condolences to Kenny's family. Ronnie, Ralph and Maureen, my hugs to you. To all of The family, my thoughts and prayers to you all. RIP Kenny.

  • 01/10/2023

    We were saddened to hear of Kenny's passing. I also went to school with Kenny and remember him well, great guy. Ronnie and family you have our deepest condolences, our love goes out to you. Hugs to all at this very difficult time. Christine Gargan and John Baker

  • 01/10/2023

    My heartfelt sympathy to all of Kenny's family. I knew Ronnie and Ralph from St. Catherine's School and knew of Kenny but never truly met him. After reading his obituary I feel like I met him. God bless you all.

  • 01/10/2023

    Ralph and Maureen,I am thinking of you guys at this difficult time,my thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏💓💓🙏

  • 01/10/2023

    So sorry for your loss. My condolences to all of his family. We use do be friends when we were just teenagers in the pubs. Still talked now and then on face book. R.I.P Kenny

  • 01/09/2023

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Kenny I knew him from st Catherine's school,he was always a clown and loved by all,happy to hear that his daughter is just like him ,RIP Kenny ! Debbie MacKay

  • 01/09/2023

    Sorry hear about Kenny. I grew up with Ken and his brothers and went to school with them.He was quite the character growing up.we lost touch for a while until we reconnected on Facebook. He will be missed. RIP Ken Bob and Cheryl Driscoll

  • 01/09/2023

    My deepest condolences to Ralph & Maureen, Ronnie and Kenny's family. So sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Kenny.

  • 01/09/2023

    Ralph, Ronnie, Maureen, So sorry for your loss, praying for comfort and strength at this most difficult time. Ricky & Sharon

  • 01/09/2023

    I've known Kenny for 42 years, we were a couple for 4, we've stayed friends over the years he was there when I had my son, Mathew, (his godson) . I will always remember the good times we had, dancing at the Red Fox, Little Nashville, The Green Dorey, to name a few places. Always had great times at party's with his brothers and sister. Also trying to teach my son to fish 🐟. I Loved listening to him play guitar and yes he couldn't sing since he lost his hearing, but he sure tried, and I would be bad right along with him. I sure am going to miss him making me laugh. Love you always 😘🥰💞

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