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Earle Kennedy of Kincardine remembered for his love of learning and teaching

January 25, 2023

After a long and fruitful life, Earle Kennedy of Kincardine died peacefully, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at the age of 97.

Born in Unity, Saskatchewan, Earle spent his early years in western Canada. He was the second youngest of five children and attended the University of Saskatchewan on scholarship, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and Bachelor of Education.

A mathematician and teacher at heart, his first career was teaching high school math in Nelson, British Columbia, where he met his wife, Catherine Argyle, a concert pianist, violinist and music teacher.

Earle and Catherine moved "east," as many western Canadians did after the war, and settled first in London and eventually in Kincardine. After moving to Ontario, Earle switched careers and became a Chartered Public Accountant which he continued well into his 70s.

Earle’s children, his clients, the church and charity were all very important to him, as well as life-long learning and teaching. Even in retirement, he opened a Kumon centre in Kincardine, again combining his love of math and education.

When he discovered the Buteyko method of breathing that helped alleviate asthma, he introduced that to the Kincardine area. He was always upbeat, both generous and frugal to a fault, and well-liked by everyone, his favourite phrase being "Keep smiling!"

Earle was the family patriarch, the last surviving sibling and the last surviving member of the swing band at the University of Saskatchewan.

Predeceased by his talented wife, Catherine, Earle is survived by his daughters, Catherine Kennedy who provided many years of caregiving in his later years, and Melissa Kennedy; his grandsons, Jonathan Wingrove (Maya Yonehara) and Michael Wingrove (Leo Liao); and his great-granddaughter Olivia Yonehara; as well as many nieces and nephews across Canada.

The funeral will be held at the Anglican Church of the Messiah, Kincardine (421 Russell Street), Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at 11 a.m., with a luncheon reception to follow at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine (757 Princes Street).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kincardine Food Bank or a charity of your choice, and may be arranged by contacting the funeral home.

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