February 25, 1934 – March 22, 2021
Allan passed away peacefully at Langley Lodge on March 22nd after a full and active life. The eldest of Jim and Kath’s (nee McCuaig) five children, he was
delivered by Aunt Belle at her home in Maxim, Saskatchewan on February 25, 1934.
By age of 9, Allan was forced to leave school to help on the farm. At 15, he left home to support the family after his father died, building fences for the PFRA and repairing grain elevators. Allan then headed to “the coast”, first to Nanaimo, then to Walnut Grove to live with his Aunt Mini and Uncle Dan.
In 1953 he joined his McEachern cousins in the commercial fishing industry and fell in love. Salmon paid the bills but, over the years, Allan fished everything
from Tuna and Cod to Herring and Halibut all the way from Mexico to the Bering Sea.
In 1959 he married the other love of his life, Louise Telford. He and Louise built their family home in Langley in 1967 where they raised three children, many cows, ponies, sheep, chickens and all manner of fruit and vegetables.
Always a hard worker, Allan resumed his education on weekends and in the evenings, getting his Navigation ticket and becoming a Journeyman Carpenter.
He actively served on numerous committees for both the Fisherman’s and Carpenter’s Unions. He volunteered for LEPS and OWL and with Louise at Sharon United Church and UCCL in Murrayville.
Allan and Louise travelled regularly to the prairies to visit his brothers and extended family in their 5th wheel and to Alaska and PEI. Many trips were taken to explore Australia and New Zealand but, particularly to Melbourne to visit their daughter and granddaughter.
Allan was predeceased by his wife Louise in 2014 and by his brother Donnie in January this year. He is survived by his sister Marjorie Reed; brothers Glen (Lois) and Norman (Carol); daughters Krista (Paul) and Anne (Thomas); son Ross (Sabra); grandchildren Emily (James), Max (Natalie), Aidan, Jessie and Gavin, as well as great grandchildren Lachian and Olivia.
Allan will be fondly remembered by a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends as a big, gregarious personality with “the gift of the gab”.
His children will be forever indebted to friend and neighbour Heather Stromsten for helping dad to remain in his own home for so long. They would also like to
thank the staff at Langley Lodge for their care during this challenging year. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Langley Care Foundation.
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