Garfield Kenneth Zinck
Garfield Kenneth Zinck passed away at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans in Edmonton, Alberta on December 16, 2023. Born on August 11, 1939 in East Dover, Nova Scotia, he was the son of Richard and Annie (Foote) Zinck.
Garfield to family, Ken to friends, Abe to many of his military colleagues, Ken went by a lot of names, but was known to all as friendly, outgoing and kind. He was tremendously proud of his 30 years in the military, serving with 1 Cdn Guards and 2RCR in postings including Germany, Gagetown NB, Borden, Cornwallis, Petawawa, and Picton ON, and two peacekeeping tours in Cyprus. He was active with the RCR Association and attended Guards reunions for many years after retirement.
On retirement from the military, Ken returned to the family home in East Dover and a second career in the fishery, with a boat fittingly named “Old Soldier.”
After losing his wife Nancy (Cadenhead) in 2012, Ken moved west to Beaumont, Alberta to be closer to his daughter and especially his grandsons Noah and Simon who were the light of his life. He met Joyce who was the next love of his life, and together they travelled, took the boys fishing, and did taxi duty to many hockey and lacrosse practices. Nothing made Ken happier than watching his grandsons play.
We are eternally grateful for the excellent care Ken received in his final years while living at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans, where the staff truly treated him like family.
There will be no formal service at Ken’s request. He will be laid to rest at a future date at William Black Cemetery in Glen Margaret, NS alongside his wife Nancy. Memorial donations may be made to Parkinson Canada, the CapitalCare Foundation (designated to the Kipnes Centre for Veterans) or a charity of your choice.