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POTTER, Allan Carleton

February 16, 1921 – April 13, 2012

Allan Carleton Potter, Deputy Commissioner R.C.M.P. (retired) passed away at the Agape Hospice in Calgary, April 13, 2012.

Born in Minburn, AB, February 16, 1921, Allan joined the R.C.M.P. January 4, 1941. He served at various locations across Canada, including Halifax, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Victoria. After 37 years in the Force, he retired to Victoria and then later to Calgary. Allan’s greatest loves were his family, his church and his friends. He served God as an elder in the United Churches in Ottawa and Esquimalt, BC, then St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Victoria, and was a member of Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church in Calgary until his death.

He leaves to mourn his wife and friend, Jean Potter (nee Macartney) to whom he had been married for 61 years, and daughters Kathy (Neil) Thompson of Ottawa, Carol (Don) Baker of Calgary, Mary (Don) Mustard of Toronto and Janet (Gerry) VandenBrink of Cranbrook ; also sons Andrew (Maria) Potter of Saskatoon and Ken (Judy) Potter of Lanark, ON.

He will be greatly missed by his much loved grandchildren Sarah Thompson (Chris Lachance), Jean and Allan James Potter, Jennie and Melissa Potter, Christine, Stephanie and Katharine Baker, Isabel and Tim Mustard, and Ethan VandenBrink. He is also survived by his sister Helen Bruce of Hinton, AB and nieces and nephews.

Visitation for friends will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Services will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Edmonton on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Flowers are gratefully declined; in lieu, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

In living memory of Allan Potter, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Kevin, Elena, Jennifer and Katherine Matte :

    We knew Mr. Potter as a very kind man who gave exceptional service to Canada in his work as an RCMP, to his church as an elder and as a husband/Dad/Grandfather to his large beloved family. It has been a privilege to know him and we thank God for the blessing of his life and love. We extend to you all at this time of great sorrow our sincere condolences and our prayers that you will be comforted.

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  2. Liz Ganton and Larry Horne :

    Dear Carol and Don:
    We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We know that you will miss him tremendously and that he was a very important part of your lives. We are thinking of you,

    Best Regards,

    Liz and Larry

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  3. Dear Jean and Family,
    I am sorry to hear about Al’s passing.
    Al was the personification of a true gentle-man. Both you and Al always had kind, warm smiles when I would see you at St. Andrew’s in Victoria. Take care Jean.
    Sincerely,
    Rob Heppell

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  4. Ken,Judy and family.
    So sorry to here of your Dad’s passing Ken.
    My prayers go out to you and your family.

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  5. Dear Jean and family,

    I was very sorry to read in this mornings paper of Al’s passing.

    My sincere condolences to you all.

    Carro Payne
    Former Church Secretary,
    St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,
    Victoria, BC

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  6. Paul Woolner, Ottawa :

    Mrs. Potter and family. I am very sorry to hear of Mr. Potter’s passing. As a new member of the Force in 1971, he was then Director of CPIC, and made me feel so welcome. I will always remember his very personable and pleasant manner. Rest in Peace, Sir.

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  7. Ronald Fauvel :

    To Al’s family,
    I was sorry to read about the passing away of this fine gentleman. I met Al over forty years ago when he was in charge of CPIC and I of the CRPQ. Although only a work acquaintance, I remember him fondly. I offer you my most sincere condolences.
    Ron Fauvel

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  8. Maureen(Raymond) & Larry Cunliffe :

    Thinking of all of you – your Dad gave you many great memories that you can hold close to your hearts.
    Summers at Pike Lake always bring back memories of the Potter and Raymond families – good time had by all!
    Take Care.

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  9. Chris & Linda Murphy :

    Dear Kathy and family,

    We are sorry to hear of your father’s passing and you are in our thoughts. We will see you when your return to Ottawa.

    In friendship,

    Chris & Linda Murphy

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  10. Judy & Ken Schmidt :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father.

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  11. Donna Mossman :

    Hello Jean and family, I am not sure if you will remember me but I am the daughter of the late Harris(RCMP) and Mary Mossman,and I saw the notice of Al’s death in The Ottawa Citizen.I do remember that you were really good friends of my parents and want to extend my condolences to you and the family at this time,sincerely,Donna

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  12. Verna Carey carey :

    I wish to express my sincere condolences to all of the family and especially to Ken and Judy Potter who were my neighbors in Yellowknife. Please call me if you have a chance Ken and Judy.

    Verna Carey

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  13. Joanne & Bob Dearden :

    Carol, Don & the entire Potter family,

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father, Carol. We know that you enjoyed many wonderful family times together and hope that those memories will help to sustain all of you at this very difficult time.

    Love,
    Joanne & Bob

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  14. My deepest sympathies to the Potter family on the passing of your father & grandfather. I am thankful for his service to Canada as a member of the Force.

    With respect

    Ralph Mahar

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  15. John & Ruth Leggett :

    Dear Jean,
    It is with great regret that we saw the announcement of Al’s death in the paper. He was a wonderful person and we shall always remember our visits with you and Al in Calgary and Victoria. You have our deepest sympathy but we know that your wonderful family will be there to help you through this time of your greatest loss.
    Ruth & John Leggett

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