SCHOOR, Leo Kenneth (Ken)
1943 - 2020
It is with immense sadness that the family of Kenneth Schoor announces his passing on August 30, 2020, after being diagnosed with liver/bile duct cancer in July. He dealt with this news so stoically and made sure he played a few golf games before he was too weak. He was always in control and ready to handle what life dealt him. Sharon was by his side when he passed.
Born June 1943 in Winnipeg to Leo and Helen (Buccini) Schoor, Ken was a self-described air force brat living on various bases in Canada, the Yukon, France and England. He was an active young man, involved with the Boy Scouts, played baseball, basketball and football in high school. He was the oldest of four siblings, and enjoyed great relationships with his sister Penny, and his brothers Fred and Ed. Ken spent the majority of his teenage years living at Uplands Air Force Base in Ottawa, where he met his future wife Sharon Zanussi, another air force brat. They spent many Friday nights at the teen club learning all the latest dances of the 60’s era. Ken graduated from Ridgemont High with top scholastic honours.
To put himself through university, Ken cut lawns on a riding mower while living on the base, and in the evenings he delivered newspaper bundles to the carriers, barely leaving himself enough time to date. He has long lasting friendships from his years at Uplands which he maintained the rest of his life. After graduating from Carleton in 1965, Ken moved to Toronto and briefly worked for an Insurance Company. Missing his high school sweetheart, Sharon, he followed her to Calgary, where he started a 25 year career with CP rail. Ken and Sharon married in 1967, and welcomed their only son David in 1969. By 1972, Ken again was on the transfer train to Montreal. He was determined to get his MBA at McGill, studying at night while working full time. He was a doting father, devoting his time to coach David’s little league baseball and hockey teams, as well as cheering on David’s various life pursuits. As David got older, Ken enjoyed his son's company, taking annual golf trips together in the States, B.C. and Alberta.
Throughout his years with CP, the Schoor family lived in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg before ending up back in Calgary for the remainder of his life. He was courted by CN Rail, where he moved up the ranks and became Vice President of Marketing for various divisions of the company. His job took him to countless countries around the world which gave his wife the opportunity to travel with him. After retiring from CN he was hired by Prism Sulphur and worked there for several years.
He was extremely proud to become a grandfather when baby Jacob came along in 2006 and welcomed his second grandson Max with open arms when his son David married Julie in 2015.
Ken has always loved well and been well loved. He was humble, thoughtful, and generous, kind of heart and respected by all who knew him. He was patient and loving, a thoughtful husband and inspirational father. He was the rock for so many years for his siblings, always there when they needed him. The Buccini cousins made sure that they spent time together throughout the year, going for pancake breakfasts or lunches at the Bow Valley Club, which Ken really enjoyed. He was very involved in his community wherever he went, including being on the board of directors of Theatre Calgary and was a limited partner at the Bow Valley Club.
Ken’s passion for golf began in Winnipeg when the family joined Breezy Bend. After moving back to Calgary, he and Sharon became members at Pinebrook Golf and Country Club in 1989, where they have developed many lasting friendships, most notably his group of golf buddies in the C Syndicate. Ken’s love of golf took him to Scotland and Ireland, as well as multiple courses throughout Canada and the United States, including Pebble Beach. Ken was on the Pinebrook club board for many years and volunteered on many committees. In 2014, Ken was elected president of the club, and in 2020 he was awarded the Pinebrook Legacy Service Award. Ken and Sharon spent 15 winters in Cave Creek, Arizona, golfing at Tatum Ranch Golf Club making special friendships. The couple also enjoyed cruises and other holidays with many wonderful friends over the years.
Almost every morning Ken walked with a close group of guys on different pathways around south Calgary, ending up for their morning coffee at Starbucks in Marda Loop or Brittania where they became regulars. They discussed the topics of the day, be it their families or politics or golf. They respected each other's point of view, which has kept that connection going for many years. We know Ken will be missed on those regular walks.
Mourning his loss is his wife, Sharon; his son David (Julie), grandsons Jacob and Max, Jacob's mother Tania; Ken's siblings, Penny, Fred (Delia), and Ed; brother-in-law Peter, his Uncle Ted (Eileen) and Aunt Violet; his nieces Julia (Martin), Jenny, Kelly (Lisa), Patricia (Todd). Along with numerous dear cousins of the Buccini, Zanussi and Schoor relatives, he will be deeply missed by many close friends he met through golf and business. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law Marilyn.
A Celebration of life will be held at a later date along with a livestream option. A private family interment will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to a charity of one’s choice.