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ALLAN – John Donald (Don)

1916 – 2010

On the evening of Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, Dad peacefully closed his eyes for the last time.

He was a true gentleman who loved, and was loved, and will be greatly missed. Dad lived his early years in Edmonton with his parents John and Gladys and his brother Ed. His love for the outdoors and his passion for geology were inherited from his father, Dr. John A. Allan, for whom Mount Allan is named. He obtained degrees from the University of Alberta (BSc Engineering), Queens (MSc Geology) and MIT (PhD Geology). He served as an officer with the Royal Canadian Engineers during WWII then joined the Manitoba Mines Branch in 1946 and it was there he met Mom. They married in 1951 and spent 59 wonderful years together. Dad joined California Standard (Chevron) in 1951 where he worked until his retirement in 1981. Dad developed many life long friendships from his time spent in the oil and gas industry. He enjoyed all outdoor activities and freely gave his time to many charitable organizations, his church and community and was especially proud of his time spent as a volunteer at the Calgary Food Bank.

Dad’s greatest joy was his family and each of them held a special place in his heart. He is survived by his loving wife Reta (nee Baldwin), children Judy (Tim) Kealty, Diane (Don) Stewart, Bruce (Jane) Allan and Gord (Sue) Allan, and grandchildren Allison and Meredith Kealty, Gord (Nicole), Tom and Pam Stewart, Mark and Leslie Allan, and Sarah and Chad Allan. Dad is also survived by his brother Ed (Pat) of Victoria, B.C. and their children John, Brenda and Gary and their families as well as the large Baldwin clan of Manitoba. We will always cherish the frequent laughter-filled family times spent together.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through Dad had requested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Food Bank. The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to the staff at the Beverly Centre Glenmore for caring for Dad so well; always with kindness and dignity. We extend special gratitude to Maricel and Mae for guiding us through the past difficult year.

In living memory of Don Allan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Ken and Laurel Baldwin :

    Dear Reta and Family:
    It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we send this note of condolence. Please know that we are thinking of you all today, share with your sorrow, and love you all very much.

    Ken, Laurel, Amy, Natalie Baldwin

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  2. Our thoughts are with you in your loss. Love as always Bob’s family

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  3. Sharon Mulligan :

    Auntie Reta and family,

    It is such a difficult thing to lose a family member, especially at this time of year. Be comforted knowing that we are all thinking of you. I remember how Uncle Don’s whole body shook when he laughed and how he enjoyed having fun. I know you’ll miss him terribly, but knowing he is at peace and at rest will help you through. Take care, Sharon

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  4. Aunt Reta and family.
    I just learned of Uncle Don’s passing and regret not having found out sooner. I remember so well all your family’s summer holiday visits to Manitoba when you stayed with Bernice and travelled around to all the inlaws. We all had so much fun and going to Miami Beach was great! I know that your family will be close by to comfort you at such a time. Me and my family will be thinking of you as well. We will all miss Uncle Don.

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  5. Reta and family
    Sincerest sympathy from our family to yours.

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  6. Reta and family sincere sympathy to your family from ours.

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences go out to your families. For some reason, I chose today to review my greatuncle’s history (John Allan)and came across this site. I met Don and Rita briefly at an Allan/Allen reunion in High River several years ago. I can recall his gentle nature and the pleasant conversation we had. My grandfather was his uncleTom. The generations seem to have carried their good natures and kindness. It is difficult to lose a parent, but the void is filled with such good memories.

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