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L.Col. ALLEN, Robert Benedict (Ben)

September 21, 1940 – August 31, 2012

Ben Allen beloved husband of Lois Allen of Calgary passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012 at the age of 71 years.

Ben served 27 years in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Outside his career Ben dedicated his life to his family.

Besides his loving wife Lois, Ben is survived by his three children and their spouses Hugh and Louise Allen, Patrick Allen and Angela and Richard Mudry; grandchildren Sean and Erin Allen; his brother and sister-in-law David and Heather Allen.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Ben Allen, 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. Tim and Dawn Dort :

    To the Allen family,
    We were saddened to hear of your loss. Ben will always be remembered as a great man who would always help when needed. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Tim and Dawn

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  2. Rod Johnston(JR) :

    Dearest Lois and family, just wanted to pass on my families heart felt sympathies in regards to the loss of your husband (father). We send our best wishes to you and yours, hoping our paths will cross sometime in the near future in happier times.

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  3. Donald & Marilyn Maxwell :

    Hugh ,Sorry to hear about your fathers passing. Our prayers are with you and the family. Don and marilyn Maxwell

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  4. Judy Wong (Czarnecki Family) :

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, Lois. And our heartfelt condolences to you Pat from all the Czarnecki’s. Your family is in our thoughts at this difficult time.

    Love from all of us.

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  5. Dear Lois and Family,
    We were saddened to learn of Ben’s untimely passing. Barry remembers many good times at Staff College in 1971-72 and later. Please accept our sincere condolences. May Ben rest in peace.
    Barry and Carol Ashton

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  6. Lois, Most sincere condolences from another Army Staff College colleague. We had little contact after leaving Kingston, but I remember Ben as one of the really good guys. He had a wonderful ability to bring perspective and common sense to anything we did, and it was always a great pleasure (and great fun) to work with him. We Shall Remember.

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  7. Dear Lois and Family:
    I was a Cultus Lake friend of Ben, we went to High School together.
    Ben and I worked together one summer at a sawmill at Lac la Hache, B.C. when we were both young kids. I bought my first car from Ben that summer, an Austin A-40. I recently paid more for a pair of designer jeans than I paid for that car.
    Other than meeting up with Ben at a high school reunion, (25th) we have not had any time together over the years. Ben headed east to pursue his military career, I headed northwest to work in the logging industry, settling in Squamish, B.C.
    I have many fond memories of our teenage years in school and at the lake.
    Ben has always been a friend, and I am deeply saddened by his passing.
    Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. Ben will be missed by all of us who have had the pleasure of knowing him over the years.
    Sincerely,
    Doug Boyd, Squamish B.C.

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  8. Lois,
    It was with shock and great sadness that I learned of Ben’s passing. I have many fond memories of the times we shared throughout our careers. He will be remembered as a great soldier and excellent officer. I send you belatedly my deepest condolences. Rest in peace Ben.

    Sincerely, Ken Rosine

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  9. Denis Pilote major (ret'd) :

    I just found out about Ben’s passing through contacts in the Canadian Forces Medical Services (CFMS). Ben and I go back to the eraly 60s in Camp Borden, Ontario and we served side by side all the years he spent in the Forces. He was a great guy to have around and will be remembered for his loyalty and for his keen sense of humour. He was a good friend though we didn’t see each other for many years after retirement. Great guy and he will be missed.
    Au revoir mon ami on ne t’oubliera pas!

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  10. LCol Ret'd Al Campbell :

    I was a relatively new Captain, Commissioned from the Ranks, serving as the Non Commissioned members career manager when Ben was serving as the Officer Career manager. I often went to Ben for advice as he was both knowledgeable and very generous in guiding juniors. His love for life in the Medical Corps and the Field Ambulance in particular, was readily apparent. Those of us in his large military family will miss him and thank God for the time we served with him. My sincere condolences to his family. Go in peace old soldier.

    LCol (Ret’d) Al Campbell

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  11. I was saddened to hear of Ben’s passing. I well remember him from the years 1964 and on. He was always a bit of a character who could be counted on for pithy remarks in all situations. A respected and knowledgeable officer who approached his profession in an exemplary fashion.

    Militi Succurimus Ben

    LCol (Ret’d) Doug. Burt

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  12. Frank Hawboldt :

    Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. I had the pleasure to serve with the Colonel and in every way he displayed the true qualities of an Officer and Gentleman.Time will heal us as we too one day will meet again and that does offer comfort. May he rest in peace.

    Frank Hawboldt

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