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PURVES – Allan (Al) James

December 9, 1944 – January 19, 2011

Al Purves, beloved husband of Pauline Purves of Cochrane, passed away with his family by his side, on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at the age of 66 years.

Al was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. He moved to England in his late teens, to then meet and marry the love of his life Pauline, on December 10, 1966. They moved to Canada, to later return to the U.K. for eleven years. With Canada in his heart, and a love for farming, he and his family headed back to Canada to settle in Saskatchewan for almost ten years. But, with Al’s itchy feet, it was time to move again. This time it was off to Calgary and back to Engineering with SNC Lavalin, Bantrel and IMV Projects.

Al will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Pauline; his mother, Jean Purves; his daughter, Wendy (Travis) Bullock, granddaughter, Shealyn; his son, David (Pam) Purves, grandchildren Brittany, Kevin, Trinity and Austin; his brother, Ron (Val) Purves and numerous friends and colleagues.

Al was predeceased by his father James Purves.

A Celebration of Al’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Health Trust – Palliative Care Unit 47 Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403) 943-0615, www.thetrust.ca.

In living memory of Al Purves, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. To Allan’s family, friends and co-workers, please accept my deepest condolences. I’ll always keep a good memory of Al having worked with him in the past. May you be in peace with your loss and remember the lovely moments shared with him. I’m sure there are many.

    Sincerely,
    Sylvie

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  2. Colleen Glennon :

    Words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache: but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.
    Deepest Sympathy

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  3. Sincere condolences – a very special man

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  4. I will remember Al for his quiet, kind, gentle spirit yet his presence had a huge impact on those around him. I worked with Al at Bantrel. He would always have that smile for me which made me smile and our little chats would put a bit of sunshine in my day. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember and treasure the amazing moments you had with him. May God give you peace, comfort, strength and be surrounded by family, loved ones and friends.

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  5. A true gent and a great pal and colleague.
    We were all richer for knowing him.
    My sincere condolences to the family.

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  6. Mike Allchorne :

    There are a load of Al Purves stories and they are all good. He was always a great guy to be around and work with.
    There’s was only one Al Purves and to have known him was an honour.
    He will be remembered.

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  7. It was an honour to have known & worked with Al. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
    My deepest condolences to Al’s family.

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  8. Peter Allinson :

    Al was a gentleman and a scholar.
    It was a pleasure to know him as a friend and a colleague. He will be sorely missed by his friends and the industry. Our condolences to Al’s family.
    Peter & Dorothy

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  9. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with Al on a number of projects and to have got to know him as a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Pauline and his family.
    Alan and Colleen

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  10. Eugene Magid :

    “ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF FRIENDSHIP IS KNOWING TO WHOM YOU MAY CONFIDE A SECRET”
    A. Manzoni

    I lost a dear friend. There wasn’t a day after he passed away that I didn’t think of Allan. What he said during many of our conversations or what would be his reaction to this or other situations. As most of you, who were lucky enough to know him, know, Allan was a man of few words. I was always fascinated, no matter what he was doing: his approach to solving the problem guaranteed the successful outcome. Allan was very warm and caring man towards his family and friends. He had a great sense of humour. I know I will never met anybody like him. He was one of a kind. Allan when we will meet again I will have a few stories to tell you and I will be looking for your opinion again.
    Eugene

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