October 28, 1936 – Batoche, Saskatchewan
September 5, 2019 – Invermere, British Columbia
Allan Caron beloved husband of Shirley Frocklage of Invermere, British Columbia passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at the age of 82 years.
To his family, he will always be a great man. He remains in our hearts as generous, thoughtful, kind, a wonderful listener and damn he gave great advice. He didn’t mince words, was fearless, confident, could talk to anyone about anything, and was respected by everyone who knew him.
Allan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to everyone. Because of his huge heart and generosity of spirit, he was known affectionately to many as “Big Al,” and considered an honorary ‘dad,” “uncle,” and “grandfather” to many friends of his children.
Al was born October 28, 1936 in Batoche, Saskatchewan, a Métis community that both his maternal and paternal great grandparents had helped found in 1871. Al was the third youngest son of a big Métis family. When Al was nine, his family moved first to Prince Albert, then Vancouver, then to Calgary, where he began a lifelong love affair with the mountains. His skill in hunting and fishing was legendary. In the old days, he was never far from his rifle, even boarding a CPR train as a nineteen-year-old, with his rifle in its buckskin carrier over his shoulder, travelling to different parts of southern B.C. as a prospector searching out mineral deposits.
He was a man of many gifts and abilities. He was a self-taught Mining Engineer, working at and running mines in remote British Columbia communities around Merritt, Revelstoke, and Invermere. In Revelstoke, and Invermere he also served in Avalanche Control and Search and Rescue operations. In 1973, he became Superintendent of Public Works in Invermere.
On weekends during hunting season in the 1960’s, Al would often drive his 1960 Pontiac Parisienne along remote dirt mountain roads with his four children and first wife, Suzanne. When he came upon a deer or elk, Al would quietly get out, aim his gun, and soon it was tied to the top of the car, where it would eventually find its way into the Caron family freezer.
In the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, Al devoted himself to help raise his four children. He had grown up hunting and fishing in Batoche and taught his three sons to hunt and fish or often took them hiking into the Rockies or the Purcells. Al was a dedicated hockey and baseball coach, and taught all four of his kids to ski at Panorama and Mount Mackenzie in Revelstoke. He also played hockey for many years with the Invermere Old Timer’s league.
In 1981, Al’s eldest son Greg died tragically in a car accident. Al held Greg in his heart until the very end. His family like to think that it was Greg who met him the afternoon of September 5th and said, “Hi dad, I’ve been waiting for you.” They’re probably fishing and catching up.
Al was blessed with an additional family when he met his soulmate Shirley Frocklage, thirty-one years ago. He inherited two more loving daughters, Kim and Pam, and six grandchildren who arrived over the years.
In 1984, Al was offered a job as Superintendent of the City of Duncan, BC. He and Shirley lived on Vancouver Island for 34 years, forging many lasting friendships there. When Shirley and Al moved back to Invermere in July 2018, it was back to the bosom of their family and many old friends.
Although Al didn’t grow up knowing that he was Métis, he later was able to embrace his culture and was proud to be considered a respected elder of the Métis Nation. In 2017, he wore a Métis sash while visiting his great grandparents’ restored house (now a museum) at the Batoche Historic Site. It was the first time Al had worn his sash on the lands that his ancestors had fought for with Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont during the North-West Resistance of 1885.
Fly high, Al—you live on forever in our hearts.
Allan is survived by his loving daughters Maia Caron, Kim Frocklage, and Pam Frocklage; sons Clifford and Bruce; grandchildren, Shasta, Jacob, Colton, Wyatt, Taylor, Trystan, Quintynn, Taytum, Ty, Chloe, and Allison; and great grandson, Kai. He is also survived by loving sisters Jeannette and Grace and his brother Larry. Al was a proud uncle to 36 nieces and nephews.
Allan was predeceased by his son Greg in 1981; his parents, Mathilda Charette and Armand Caron; his brothers Ed, Oscar, Dick, and Terry; and sisters Lorraine and Connie.
The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Calgary Foothills hospital CICU and cardiac ward.
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In living memory of Al Caron, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences