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BERLIN, Allan “Al” Oscar

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.

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  1. Ruth (Ellis) Crowe :

    So sorry to hear of Allan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember spending lots of time when I was a kid with your family.

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  2. Darlen and Bruce Ratzlaff :

    Our deepest sympathy’s to the both of you … the write up on your Dad is wonderful.
    We love you both … our prayers are with you.
    Love Auntie Mom and Grant

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  3. Dolores Berlin :

    Dolores: Our prayers are with you at this time.
    Grant and LaRIe

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  4. Rod and Laura Bettcher :

    Our sincere condolences – he was a true ‘gentle’ man.

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  5. Jan Nerenberg :

    We will miss uncle Allen. Praying for you, love Jan

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  6. Shawna Mackenzie :

    Love and light to your family. I didn’t know great uncle Allan well, but sure enjoyed visiting when he was around. You guys will be in my thoughts.
    Shawna Mackenzie

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  7. Norma Livingston :

    Our family has many fond memories of Al. He was truly a sincere, kind and gentle person. We will miss him. Please accept our sincere expression of sympathy.

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  8. Ruby Berlin, Meagan, Rhys and Molly :

    Thinking of all of you during this sad time and yet feeling privileged to be part of the family who can celebrate his public service and spirit. I remember him helping Meagan ski approximately 22 years ago and stopping to chat about what I was doing as a mother. He is remembered as a man who would take the time in a room of 50 to make sure he didn’t leave until he engaged in an exchange with a smile. It was nice to always feel special in his presence.

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  9. Edmonton Fire Department Retirees Brigade :

    The Edmonton Fire Department Retirees Brigade would like to offer their sincere sympathy to the Berlin family.

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  10. This is a really beautiful tribute to your father Darlene. How fortunate you lived near enough to him to share in one another’s lives. My deepest condolences. Hugs, Jennifer

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  11. Elaine Mackenzie :

    Dear Dolores Laurenaa and Darlene and the rest of the family and friends. I feel so sorry for you all at this time. I’m not up to taking the trip, but my thoughts and prayers are strongly with you.
    Lovingly Elaine

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  12. Sorry to hear about Allan’s passing. His infectious smile and humor are two things that I remember with fondness. He kept you interested in what he had to say as he could present things in an interesting and captivating manner. My condolence to his children and grandchildren-I am sure you will miss your father/grandfather. Hugs Donna Zingle

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  13. Darrell and Norma Smith :

    Al will be truly missed. He was a kind and gentle man who was always ready to help. It was always nice to have him around because you knew if your car broke down, he could fix it, or he would know what to do in case of a fire! He had a great sense of humor!

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  14. Terry and Ingrid Miller (Manitoba) :

    Our local churches here in Manitoba, Minnesota, and NW Ontario join with us in expressing sincere appreciation for our brother’s wonderful life. We knew him, of course, through church gatherings. His gentle spirit was such a blessing. You will miss him, but your memories are special. Allan Berlin is in the hands of a loving God, and there is no better place to be. He continues to live on in that wonderful realm of God.

    Terry and Ingrid Miller
    Manitoba
    diakonos.travelling@gmail.com

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  15. Dave, Monica and Sofie Bell :

    To all of Allan’s Family.
    We all feel blessed to have known him. Sofie feels especially blessed and send her love to her Auntie and Uncle in this difficult time.

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  16. Paul & Diane Amundson :

    I was sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Our sincere condolences.
    He was “ONE FINE GENTLEMAN”

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  17. Hardi Kubassek :

    I have many fond memories of chats with Al. He had a very tender and sensitive heart, The road of life with its ups and downs polished his sensitivity to the feelings of others. We will meet on the other side of the river, enjoy your long awaited new home.

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  18. Phil and Sherry Levson :

    We will really miss Al in the local church in Calgary. He could tell us some good stories on the way to church on Sundays. He could always pick out the make and model of an old jalopy with great precision! Our love and hugs to the whole family.
    Phil and Sherry

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  19. Wendell and Val Whitter :

    Our hearts go out to the family of Al at this time. He will be remembered for his smile and a tender heart. He will be missed by all that knew him. In times like this we can all take courage in knowing that Al is with us still in the memories that we have. God Bless the family of Al at this time.

    Wendell And Val

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  20. Anique Hillaire ( Antigua) :

    Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Dad. I do pray that God grant you the much needed strength to get through this difficult time. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now.

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  21. Dale and Janice Amundson :

    I first got to know Al when I stayed with the Berlin family during the summer of 1972. We shared common interests and have been friends ever since. I enjoyed many visits with Al at the North Battleford church camps over the years, and consider myself fortunate to have known as fine a man as Al Berlin.

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  22. Nat and Carol Swaan :

    Al was a good friend and very gracious man. We were truly blessed and enriched by the many times spent in the Berlin home.

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  23. Noel Bugnet - Edmonton FireFighters Memorial Society :

    On behalf of the Edmonton FireFighters Memorial Society, Please accept our deepest condolences on Allan’s passing.
    He will be truly missed!
    I have been told how well respected Allan was on the Fire Department for his leadership and how he cared for the people that he worked with.

    We want to give your family time to grieve your loss but if you could please mark Friday Sept 11th 2015 on your calendar, as that will be the day of our Annual Remembrance Ceremony.
    It will be the day that we remember all those members that we have lost in the past year.
    It is also a very special ceremony as we have the family members of those members involved in the event itself.
    It gives us all a chance to say goodbye and it helps with the closure as well.

    In closing, please accept our deepest condolences on your loss and know that Al will be missed by many.

    Noel Bugnet
    Edmonton FireFighters Memorial Society

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