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ALLISON – Dr. Edward Francis (Ted)

D.D.S., F.I.C.D, F.A.D.I., F.P.F.A.
May 12, 1929 – July 3, 2010

Ted Allison, beloved husband of Flora for fifty-four years, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at the age of 81 years. Ted, a lifelong Calgarian, will be missed and fondly remembered by all those he knew and touched during his remarkable life.

Ted grew up in Calgary and attended Earl Grey, Rideau Park and Central schools before moving on to Mount Royal College and finally the University of Alberta, where he was awarded a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1953. Upon graduation he set up practice in Calgary where he enjoyed a successful professional career spanning nearly half a century.

Ted’s contributions to his community were in no way limited solely to his profession. A lifelong volunteer and man of service, he gave countless hours to Rotary, Kinsmen, the Red Cross, St. Philip Anglican Church, the Calgary Stampede, 1988 Winter Olympic Games, Alberta Motor Association and the Salvation Army, to name but a few. No task was too menial, no challenge too daunting. He believed in strong communities, strong character and strong friendships. This served him well his entire life.

Throughout his life, he was a social man of sport and adventure who enjoyed nothing more than a sunrise swim at Wasa Lake, a trek through the mountains, a day in the field with his dogs, cutting first tracks at Kimberly, golfing with his friends and family, or a good game on the hard wood, grid iron or diamond. Ted and Flora were also fortunate to have travelled the world together, often joined by friends and family.

He was a long term member of the Glencoe Club and the Calgary Golf & Country Club where he forged many friendships, and enjoyed countless stories, laughs and memories.

Ted struggled recently with some serious health setbacks and dealt with them as one would expect from him: quietly, without complaint, with strength, courage and dignity.

Ted is survived by his best friend and wife of fifty-four years, Flora; sons, Glenn (Cathy), Rob (Alison) and Ian (Joan); and his six grandchildren, Russ, Grady, Heather, Mac, Graham, and Avery. He is also survived by his brothers Ken and Ross.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Mark and St. Philip Anglican Church (1802 – 33 Avenue S.W.) on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Dr. Ted Allison, 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. Jacqueline Donoghue :

    In the past few years the Rotary Club has lost many fine gentlemen. Certainly, Ted was one of the finest. Before Graham died I usually saw Ted at the 39th LRT station when I picked up Graham every Tuesday after the Rotary meeting. Ted never failed to come to the car to say ‘hello’ and share some laughter. Graham and I used to talk of the ‘talent’ at the Rotary BB’s where doctors, dentists, lawyers et al scrubbed the pots and pans. Ted was usually up to his elbows in suds. He will be missed by those who knew him well and others, like myself, who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

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  2. Dana Hergott :

    Dear Flora and family,
    I was a patient of Ted’s in 1955 and on, and as I was a young struggling student nurse he took pity on me financially and he charged me much less than the actual charges. I never forgot his kindness. I send heartfelt condolences to all of you.
    Dana Hergott

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  3. Brenda Glazer :

    To the Allison family,

    We were all so sad to learn about Ted’s passing. If going to the dentist could be called “pleasurable”, it was a pleasure to sit in his chair and we all missed him when he retired. I will always fondly remember him as a younger version of my Dad.

    With deep condolences,

    Brenda (Hardy) Glazer
    Joe Glazer
    Jean Hardy
    Cam Hardy
    Pam (Hardy) Leiper
    Louise Hardy

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  4. Peter J.M. Pallesen :

    I recall during December of 1964 that I had a dental emergency. I telephoned Dr. Allison at his home on a Sunday morning I met him within the hour at his clinic. He was truly dedicated to his patients and well regarded over the years, I remain, Peter Pallesen.

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  5. John Denholm :

    My condolences to the family of Ted Allison. I fondly recall Ted as an active member of Calgary Kinsmen Club and later in K-40 Club of Calgary
    From Jack Denholm

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  6. The Walkers and Duncans :

    Flora Allison & family:

    Condolences from the Walkers and Duncans of Calgary, Gordon and Jackie Walker, Anne (Duncan) and Murray Walker, Jena and Sarah Walker and Merle Duncan on the passing of Ted. Our teeth, our sense of humour and our life would have been less had we not had the pleasure of knowing Ted. He’ll miss you all but he’ll be watching over you.

    From the Walkers and Duncans

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  7. Bill and Norma Crooks :

    We feel fortunate to have known Ted throughout the years since we were all at university together.
    He was a great friend and neighbor and a tireless worker in the Calgary community. Bill also remembers his good work with the TB Association when Cecil Crooks was Secretary of the Association.

    Our heartfelt sympathy to Fora and family in your loss.

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  8. Arlene and Glen Johnston :

    A University of Alberta dental classmate recommended Ted to us when we moved from Edmonton to Calgary in 1966. His office was in the Greyhound Building on 7th Avenue at that time. Arlene came to appreciate Ted’s humour when she arrived at his office one day in a very colourful dress, to which he remarked “not getting enough attention at home eh?”
    I knew Ted was a bird hunter (more pursuit of a pheasant than hunter I suspect), an activity which surely underlined his love for the land.
    We still miss his dental care and his dental team.

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  9. Dick and Roxy Shillington :

    Dear Flora and family,
    We’re really saddened to hear of Ted’s passing. We greatly respected and admired his contributions to the community and the profession of dentistry. I (Dick) have many fond recollections of our early days in the dental practice.
    Our sincere condolences.
    Dick and Roxy Shillington

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  10. Don and Nell Jacques :

    Flora and Family :

    Many years ago, we had the pleasure of meeting Ted while on a cruise.
    Although this was a number of years ago, we remember it fondly. You just can’t meet Ted and then let the occassion slip from your memory.
    Ted was a man with a magnetic personality……..a very kind disposition….a wonderful sense of humor…..and just a ” down to earth” manner. How could you not love this man.
    Flora….we hope that the wonderful memories you and your family have of the many good times together with Ted, help you through this difficult time.
    We were blessed to know this wonderful man

    Don and Nell Jacques

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  11. Rogers & Joann Lehew :

    We are sad to see that Ted has left us as both Joann and I always enjoyed our brief time spent with him. He always treated me with respect and for that alone, I was grateful. We lost a great man. Our love to you and the family. Joann & Rogers Lehew

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  12. Donald MacWilliam :

    Dear Flora,
    I want to extend my sympathy to you and your family in your loss of Ted, He was a great man and a great friend. It is very difficult for me to get around these days and I send my regrets at not being able to be there today. I will call you in the next few weeks.

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  13. Lorrie McLay :

    Dear Jojo, Glenn, Robbie, and Ian

    I just heard about Ted, I’m so sorry for your loss. Ted will forever remain in my memory and in my heart, a fixture at Wasa. Love and best wishes to you all, Lorrie

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