Louis Kalin Obituary, Death Cause – The Slovenian Canadian Association of Edmonton mourns the passing of a dedicated member of their community, Louis (Lucian) Kalin. Louis, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, departed this world on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at the age of 92. His life was marked by resilience, dedication, and a commitment to family, community, and service. Louis leaves behind a legacy of love and warmth that will forever remain in the hearts of those he touched.
Married to his beloved wife, Valerie, for 64 years, Louis was the cherished father of Walter and Miriam and the adored grandfather of Kevin, Brendan, Sheldon, and Justin. He was predeceased by his sister, Marta, and his parents, Albert and Maria. Born in Cesta, Ajdovščina, Slovenia, Louis immigrated to Canada in 1952. After a brief return to Slovenia to marry Valerie, the couple began their lives together in Canada, making Edmonton their home in October 1960. Louis embraced his new life with dedication and resilience, becoming a pillar of strength for his family and community.
Louis lived a full and vibrant life, embodying the roles of a dedicated father and grandfather. He treasured moments with his family, consistently going above and beyond to create lasting memories. His influence extended beyond familial ties, as Louis instilled strong values of kindness, perseverance, and hard work in his children and grandchildren. Louis pursued a career as an electrician and heavy-duty mechanic, contributing his skills until his 68th birthday. Post-retirement, he found joy in tinkering in his garage, gardening, winemaking, and assisting Valerie in the kitchen.
Louis was an active member of the Canadian Slovenian Association, dedicating his time to volunteer work and enjoying the camaraderie of good friends at the hall. Friends and family are invited to attend a Funeral Liturgy on January 30, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Connelly-McKinley Downtown Funeral Home (10011 114 St NW, Edmonton AB). This gathering will be an opportunity to celebrate Louis’s life, share memories, and find solace in the support of the community. The family expresses gratitude to the staff of the University of Alberta Hospital Emergency Department and EMS for their compassionate care. They also extend appreciation to neighbors and friends who offered support during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Louis’s name to a charity of your choice, a meaningful way to honor his memory and continue his legacy of giving back to others.