Gordon "Monte" Keith

13/06/1933 - 18/03/2022


Obituary For Gordon "Monte" Keith

Monte Keith
June 13, 1933 – March 18, 2022

Monte Keith passed away on March 18, 2022 at the age of 88 in Grande Prairie, AB.

Monte was a long-time newspaper man, operating weekly papers in Castor, Sylvan Lake, Sedgewick, Wainwright and Vegreville. He also believed in passing on his printing experience, both within his own family and through CUSO International in Whitehorse and Jamaica.

Monte is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elaine of Grande Prairie, their 5 children Gordon (Donna) of Leduc, Donna (Gary) Gerrard of Grande Prairie, Nancy (Ken) McArthur of Grande Prairie, Kathy White of Grande Prairie, and Will (Carolyn) of Victoria, BC and daughter-in-law Kelly Whelen Blanch of Red Deer.

Monte and Elaine had 10 grandchildren; Nicole Montgomery, Teri and Dean Muhlbeier, Rhiannon Bradley, Adrien Keith, Jessica and Brendon Keith, Nicole White Beaver, Shannon White and Kristen White Leuenberger, and 11 great grandchildren - all a great joy to them.

Monte is also survived by sister Ruth Horney and brother-in-law Stan Furber, both of Calgary, sister-in-law Marilyn (Peter) Carlson of Sylvan Lake.

He was predeceased by his parents, sister Ruby Furber, and sister Jean Mactier.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.119 14 Street NW #100, Calgary AB T2N 1Z6

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 30 7742

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  • 04/13/2022

    I never worked with Monte, but along with my late husband, Bill, the four of us, Monte and Elaine, Bill and I had a lot of fun together. Not only were we confreres in the weekly newspaper business, but we also were Kinsmen - us in Consort, them in Castor and we had many good times. I want to express my condolences to Elaine and the family. We go back a long ways, but it wasn't until I read Monte's obituary that I realized he and I were the same age. I'll turn 89 in November, but I still have a little corner in the Enterprise office, where I write a silly column for seniors. That printers ink never does get out of your system! My fondest memories to all. Mary Readman

  • 04/10/2022

    It is with sadness and the deepest of feelings I learned of the passing of Monte. As I reflect on his obituary a flood of memories come to me. I had the pleasure of working with Monte and Elaine at the Wainwright Star Chronicle through the eighties and I can truly say their impact on my life was immeasurable. To take on an unknown employee, such as myself, sight unseen, all the way from the east coast is a testament to Monte's faith in people and his belief in his ability to pass on and instill his knowledge of the printing industry on others. He definitely helped mold me into a person with refined abilities and a strong work ethic. Work hard, play hard. Enjoy work, love life, and embrace those around you. These ideas come to mind, never more so than when I think of the many Canasta marathons we enjoyed. I brought him an east coaast style of living which took him a while to come to terms with, but which he embraced. He taught me a western state of mind I at first found bewildering but likewise came to embrace. Respect earned, respect given. Monte you truly helped me become the person I am today. Thank you. My sincerest condolences to Elaine and children, Gordon, Nancy, Kathy, Donna and Bill. Whether having worked alongside you or having been acquainted, know that my time on the prairies with all of you is a highlight of my life. May Grace shine about you all. God speed to you Monte. Love and respect, Sean Weatherup.

  • 04/08/2022

    I was so sorry to hear of Monte's passing. I'll never forget the mentorship from Monte, Elaine and Nancy when I worked at the Two Hills Times. I loved that it was a family business and that he'd built a life for his family around the community newspaper and a community for his family because of their newspapers....and being so young, I probably didn't appreciate it enough at the time. I hope as you hear kind words from friends and colleagues you'll think "Monte's was a life well-lived." Barb (Almond) Pettie

  • 03/26/2022

    I only knew Monte during his final years via conversations at Prairie Lakes when he and Elaine were no longer able to attend church. His stories of gathering/selling ice with his father, huge family gatherings with extended family, and publishing small town newspapers were all gift. I'm grateful. Janice Orr

  • 03/23/2022

    My thoughts are with Elaine and his family. It is funny that Monte came to my mind last week after so many years. He taught me many things as a young man apprenticing at the Star Chronicle, not just how to be a pressman and printer, the the value of hard work, honesty and integrity. I found myself using his exact words to me when I was dealing with some of the trades people I now have working under me. One never really appreciates the lessons and guidance one was given until they use them in order to offer guidance to others. I am truly thankful for having his influence in my life at a young age. Thank you Monte and Elaine. Francis Lalonde

  • 03/22/2022

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Monte's passing. Heartfelt sorrow and condolences from our family to yours. Cheryl and Trev

  • 03/21/2022

    I am more than sad to hear of Monte's passing. He was always so supportive and kind to me. I have a list of how he helped but what comes to mind first is when my husband Mike was so sick, Monte would come and stay overnight with Mike when I worked night shift. By doing that, Mike was able to stay home much longer..... those two had a bond. How fortunate am I to of had an ex-father in law that was also my friend. "RIP Smont" – you were loved. Kelly (Whelan) Blanch.

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