In memory of

Kenneth Ralph Allen

May 19, 1929 -  January 28, 2019

Dr. Kenneth Ralph Allen

Passed away peacefully in Toronto on January 28, 2019 at the age of 89. Loving husband for 61 years of Shirley Allen (Taylor). Beloved father of Grant (Terry), Patti (Ron) and Stephen (Sophie). Proud grandfather of Travis (Ellesse), Kimberly (Steve), Kristen, Christopher and Marcus. Delighted great-grandfather of Lake. Ken was the youngest of nine children, all of whom predeceased him (Lois, Reg, Garnet, Greta, Helen, Les, Don and Doug).
Ken combined a heartfelt need to help others with a lifelong passion for learning. This combination of traits led him to leave North Bay, moving to Toronto to complete a BA and Bachelor of Divinity at the University of Toronto. During this time Ken met Shirley, falling deeply in love with her, and they married in 1957. Ken served as a minister in the United Church of Canada, taking on a range of assignments. However, he decided he could best help others by furthering his education, and so he moved his young family to the USA to complete a doctorate in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care at Boston University. Returning to Toronto, Ken founded The Toronto Institute of Family Relations which sought to address the counselling needs of the church community. Additionally, he was very involved in the early stages of the Canadian Association of Pastoral Education. From there he branched into private practice where Ken was both a counsellor and a trainer of future counsellors. He was always a builder at heart, creating and leading many new organisations.
Outside work Ken enjoyed experiencing life with his family. He loved the outdoors and few things made him happier than taking on a new project at the family cottage on Muldrew Lake. Throughout his life Ken maintained an admirable sense of humility and a strong moral compass, which guided his decision making. His insights, sense of humour and compassion for others will be missed by many.
Warmest thanks to the staff at Christie Gardens for their care in Ken's final year.
Per Ken's wishes, private cremation has taken place. A Service of Remembrance to celebrate his life will be held at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre on Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m., with reception to follow. Guests welcome at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Ken to the Foundation of Christie Gardens ( or the charity of your choice


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Dale Odorizzi (Niece)

Entered February 1, 2019 from Perth Ontario

Aunt Shirley, my thoughts are with you and your family. Mom and Dad had many memories of Uncle Ken, especially from his early days growing up outside North Bay. I am sure his Mom and Dad and brothers and sisters are welcoming him with open hearts. Losing someone we love is hard for the people left behind.

Kurt and Marg Allen (Nephew and Spouse)

Entered February 2, 2019 from Gravenhurst

Sorry to see such a great man leave us. He was an inspiration to all those who crossed his path.
Our condolences to Shirley and family.
Kurt and Marg

Diane ryan (Niece)

Entered February 2, 2019 from Hornepayne

So sorry to hear of Uncle Kens passing! Although we haven't seen each other much these latter years he always kept in touch with his huge extended family! I last saw him at a place he loved dearly at his cottage where he was very gracious and loving as always! As a child I have found memories of him and brother Doug playing with me.he was so kind, thoughtful and loving to everyone. Sincere condolances to his loving wife Aunt Shirley and his children. He will be truly missed. Uncle Ken was a great man loved by ALL!!! love and hugs from Diane Ryan and all the Hornepayne Gang.

Pat steel (Friend)

Entered February 2, 2019 from Toronto

Shirley, I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I just read his obit in the Globe this morning. I can’t imagine how it is for you at present but am sure your family are a big support and comfort.
Know that you are in my thoughts and all being well will plan to attend the service of remembrance.
Take care

Nancy Allen (Niece)

Entered February 2, 2019 from London

My deepest condolences to Aunt Shirley and family. I am so grateful I got to know this wonderful couple in the past few years. He will be missed.


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