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HUBBARD, Alan

September 28, 1945 – Victoria, British Columbia
November 25, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Alan Hubbard, father, grandfather great-grandfather, brother and friend, in iron man fashion, left this mortal world for bigger and better races to where the streets have no name on Sunday morning the 25th of November 2018.

Al was a school teacher and during his career he taught at Len Wood Elementary in Armstrong BC and in Vernon BC at Okanagan Landing Elementary, and later moved to Beairsto School teaching in the French immersion program. He connected personally with the children he taught, and influenced them with much more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. He would organize a mini triathlon with the great life lesson in mind “to always finish what you start.”

He served in the auxiliary RCMP for a time and shared many great stories. He loved his community and served on boards for the Kokanee Swim Club when his children were involved with swimming for the team. He later started swimming with the Vernon Masters Swim Club. He became involved in the Kal Rats Triathlon Club and participated in many races and trained vigorously. He finished six Ironman Canada events.

He was a kind, generous and compassionate person who enjoyed just being with his family (even if it was whilst resting his eyes). He loved noodling around on his guitar, watching a good ol’spaghetti western and impersonating Clint Eastwood (Go ahead, make my day). He made many friends along the way and tried to be a very good friend thinking of others even to his last breath. Although life threw some hard punches the last few years, he faced them head on with grace,a positive attitude and a determination that was inspiring to all who had the pleasure of meeting him.

He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. His dry sense of humour that seemed to get more witty with each passing day, will be fondly remembered but probably not ever duplicated.

He is survived by his children Daryn (Camilla), Jenifer (Steven), Tamara (Darcy), Peter (Mandy), Christopher (Heather), Andrew (Ashley); grandchildren Jared, (Alyssa), Janae (Joshua), Jianna, Joshua, Jamieson, Jarom, Kaitlyn (Stephen), Rachael, Lauren, Declan, Michael, Elijah, Sariah, Evangeline, Nathan, Jedidiah, Ezra, Edmund, Oliver, Frederick, Broden, Zachary, and his great-granddaughter Minnie. Alan is also survived by his siblings William, Barbara, Francis and Robert (Denise). Alan has been reunited with his loving wife and sweet heart Tessa; mother Audrey; father Archibald and sister Donna.

“Iron Al’s” legacy to “Never Give Up” will stay in our hearts forever and inspire us all to “keep going even when the going gets tough”.

Swim strong, Cycle hard, Run fast. Until we meet again. We love you dad.

Services will take place at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church at 1506 35th St Vernon BC on December 1, 2018 with a viewing at 10:00AM and services commencing at 11:00AM in the chapel. Following the services there will be an interment at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery at 4303 Pleasant Valley Road Vernon BC with a reception at the church after the graveside. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Alan Hubbard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. To all of Alan’s family: Your dad inspired me so much; it’s hard to find the words to express it. It was a privilege to know him and it was awe inspiring to watch him work on his recovery. It was a highlight of my time at ARBI to be able to share his story and it changed the way I view the world. I know how much he loved his family and my thoughts are with you all. The world was a better place for knowing Iron Al.
    Jane

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  2. Mary Ellen Neilson :

    On behalf of the entire ARBI family, our hearts are broken upon hearing of the loss of your Dad. Al was a very special man and will not be forgotten.
    -Mary Ellen Neilson, Executive Director,
    The Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI)

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  3. Alan was a good person, and a good friend to me since I moved to AgeCare Midnapore, Evergreen Unit. We sat together for our meals and I always appreciated how interesting and upbeat he was. He was an inspiration, and helped me adjust to life post-stroke as he shared his experiences and success stories during our meal time conversations. I will miss him very much. Rest In Peace my friend. And thank you for your kindness and friendship.

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  4. My parents, who are retired teachers in Vernon, reached out to me and my siblings last night to let us know of your father’s passing. I was a student of his at Beairsto Elementary School in Vernon and your father’s influence on my life continues even into adulthood. He taught me in grade 5 (about 18 years ago) but was also my cross-country running coach for at least 5 years. His enthusiasm for sport and life was contagious. He was a kind person, had a huge smile, and told the best stories. I just completed my first triathlon this year and he was the first person I thought of. Thank you Mr. Hubbard for the mark you left on my life. My condolences to his family during this difficult time.

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  5. Jason Sutherland :

    To the Hubbard Family: I pass along my condolences on behalf of the Sutherland family of Vernon. Through his character, innate enthusiasm and determination, he left an indelible and positive mark on our lives.

    Our families shared many wonderful times together at swim practices and meets under the watchful, and kind, eye of your father. I will miss him.

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  6. Henriette Wanvig :

    What an absolute pleasure it was to meet Alan through the Rehabilitation program at the U of C. Each week for the past several years I looked forward to Wednesday’s as it was very likely I would see Al there. I wondered why he wasn’t this past week and only heard today of his passing. May our gracious and loving Heavenly Father be close to you during this time of sadness. Al, you were a beautiful person in so many ways. You will be missed.

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  7. It was such a pleasure knowing and getting to work with Alan these past 5 years. He was such an inspiration and always came to class with a smile and a joke. He will be greatly missed in the rehab program

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