November 19, 1941 – June 22, 2014
It is with deep sadness that we officially announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, after a very brief stay in hospital.
Alan leaves behind his beloved wife, Gail; son Quentin; daughters Kim and Claire and beloved dog, Harley; grandchildren Tristan, Quinn, Maxwell, Alex, Nicola and Charlotte, son-in-law Mark and daughter-in-law Heather; Heather’s parents, Rick and Linda Cameron of Kamloops; Mother Joyce, sister Christine, brothers Jeffery, Roger, Andrew and Jono in Runcorn, Cheshire, England.
Alan lived an amazing life. After graduating from King’s College, University of Durham in Newcastle, he travelled the world for three years. He met Gail in Vancouver (1967) where they married and shortly afterward sailed to Australia, living there for three years while Alan worked as staff geochemist for International Nickel. Upon returning to Canada, Alan did three more years of studies as a post-graduate student at Queen’s University and this was followed by many years working in the mining industry. Following that, he designed software for nursing homes in the Vancouver area.
Alan spoke several languages, played different musical instruments, was a master bridge player, a Queen’s Scout in his youth in England, played rugby, tennis, water polo, cricket; loved his 30-foot sloop, Baby Blue and was most adept at everything he attempted and he attempted so much. It would be remiss not to mention his incredible love and respect for the English language.
There will be a private family memorial. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.