October 20, 1929 – Nipawin, Saskatchewan
September 25, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Allan Berlin of Calgary, AB passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at the age of 84 years.
Allan, the eldest son along with eight siblings, was born and raised in White Fox/Nipawin Saskatchewan. His father Oscar was a farmer/homesteader and then started a blacksmith shop in White Fox, his mother Marjorie was a nurse while raising the family. Allan loved going to the White Fox school and had such an amazing teacher there that he remained friends with her throughout their lives. Allan had to leave his studies early in life to work on the farm and at his dad’s blacksmith shop where he loved to work alongside his dad. As a young man Allan settled in Edmonton and hauled pipe into the oil patch, drove ETS bus, was a beekeeper plus held many other side jobs.
Allan served the Edmonton community as a Firefighter for thirty-two years. Allan was well respected and fondly admired by his fellow firefighters. He advanced through the ranks to retire as Captain.
Allan worked two or three jobs to support his family but always had time to play with his children. Allan simply loved children and had a talent to connect with kids wherever he went. He was a strong and wise man, serving the Lord as a loving family man. His compassion extended to foster children, boarders, nieces and nephews and his volunteer work with Uncles at Large to mentor boys of single mothers.
Allan was a story teller and a fun loving jokester that reveled in teasing people. He had a passion for music playing saxophone in a band and spending countless hours in his music room making recordings on his reel to reel. He could fix any machine, from snow mobiles to tractors to lawn mowers and cars. He gathered up a large collection of vehicles, antiques, collectables and equipment that he worked on and enjoyed at his acreage near Thorhild.
Allan made friends wherever he went, whether it was at the gas station, the neighbors, the grocery store, the coffee shop or someone broken down on the highway. He loved people.
For many years Allan and Dolores spent their winters enjoying Arizona with their 5th wheel trailer. During their southern US excursions he developed a talent for lapidary making jewelry, belt buckles and clocks.
Allan accomplished a lifelong dream twice! He boated down the North Saskatchewan river from Edmonton to Nipawin, the first time in the 1970’s in a 14’ fiberglass boat and the most recent trip in the 1990’s with his brother, nephews and grandson in two small zodiacs! This last journey ended with them arriving at the Nipawin Berlin family reunion.
In 2011 he moved to Calgary to The Harbours of Newport retirement home. Allan’s infectious smile, twinkling eyes, teasing and wonderful stories won the hearts of the residents and staff of Harbors, who sorely miss him today.
He was predeceased by his parents Oscar and Marjorie; sister Deana; and brother Clarence.
Allan leaves behind his son Dwain (Tatiana) Berlin; daughters, Laurena Berlin and Darlene (Bruce) Ratzlaff; grandchildren, Jenise (Shawn) Savage, Jake Berlin, Lea Berlin, Anette Berlin (Moe Kabouch), and Buck Evans; great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Jeremy, Zydan, and one to-be-born next spring; estranged wife Dolores Berlin; siblings, Elaine McKenzie, Lori Plotsky, Denise Ireland, Bernie (Deanna) Berlin, Ross Corby, and Don Berlin.
Please join us for the Celebration of Allan’s Life on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the Edmonton Christian Assembly (10950 – 135 Street N.W., Edmonton, AB). Viewing at 12:00 noon; Service at 1:00 p.m. with light refreshments to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers or cards, consider donations to the City of Edmonton Fire Fighters Burn Treatment Unit, http://www.firefighterbtu.net/SUPPORTEFFBTS.aspx. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Harbours of Newport who made his last few years so wonderful and the amazing care and love that the medical staff at the Santauri Hospice provided to Allan over the last two months.
In living memory of Allan Berlin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences