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LYE, Allan George

December 7, 1945 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
April 19, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that the family of Al Lye announces his passing at age 70 on April 19, 2016 following a brief but intense battle with cancer.

Al was born and raised in Winnipeg. Upon joining the Navy (R) he was appointed SLT and served with HMCS Chippawa and HMCS Cornwallis Training Division where he made many of his life long friends. A highlight of which was sailing the HMCS Oriole to Alaska. After graduating with his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Al made his way to Calgary where he began a twenty-year career with Schlumberger, served as President of the CWLS, and finally starting his own consulting company which he operated for 25 years.

Al traveled extensively throughout his career going North of the Arctic Circle to the southern tip of Chile as well as many trips to India, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He went on an African Safari with his wife Joyce and spent many weeks travelling with family to the west coast, Mexico and the Caribbean.

He is survived by Joyce, his beloved wife of 43 years; daughter, Alana (Kevin) Toffey of Victoria B.C.; son, James (Heather) Lye of Calgary; and sister, Janet (Rick) Kelly of St. Albert, AB. He was also beloved papa to Megan and Ashlynn Lye and Kayla and Jayden Toffey and step uncle to Laura Kelly. He was predeceased by his parents, Gertie and Alf Lye.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Rockyview General Hospital, Foothills Medical Centre, and Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their excellent care and compassion.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’s Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) Friday 29th of April at 2:00 pm. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation Lung Cancer initiative (http://albertacancer.ca/donate/lung-cancer-screening).

In living memory of Al Lye, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 Bannister Road S.E. Telephone (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was an expert at his science and a great mentor for me and other Petrophysicists. So many times I brought curious logging issues to our Tipple Tuesday colleagues looking for opinions. Al would always manage to enlighten me. We have lost a wealth of knowledge. I am grateful to have been influenced by Al and I send my condolence to Joyce and family.

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  2. Dear Joyce and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad and difficult time.

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  3. My deepest sympathies to Joyce, his friends, and family. I went to U of M with the “Captain”, but will always remember him best for the person most dedicated to his passion, work, more than anyone I ever knew. His second passion was equally as deep, that of his loyalty to his friendships, of which he had many. It seemed an odd day when he missed a Tuesday or Thursday after work gathering down town. Everyone would comment, “What happened to AL, he must be working?”

    He leaves a big hole to filled in both his profession and his circle of friends.

    We will all miss him.

    Cal

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  4. Many countries and many logs and even more beers and even more stories!! A good friend! I will miss Al!!!!

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  5. Dear Joyce and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
    Al was a good friend and colleague at Plains Perforating Ltd. We worked hard and had a lot of laughs and good times. He will be missed
    Rest in Peace Captain

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  6. Alison and Lorne Slusarchuk

    A long time precious friend who was always there when needed. We will miss your laughter, the stories, the smile and your love.
    Rest in the love you gave so many.
    You are missed beyond words, and he will hold on to the wonderful memories between us.

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  7. It has been 53 years since Allan and I last marched together at HMCS Chippewa in Winnipeg. Time passes with the blink of an eye that now sheds a tear for this family man. May he rest in peace knowing how much those he left behind will miss him. With respect,

    Allan Zaleski, U-1766

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  8. Rest in Peace Al, thank you for your friendship and many technical discussions in Malcolm’s especially when I first landed in Canada years ago. You will be remembered fondly by all.

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  9. Al was a warm and wonderful person. Al helped Niko through many challenges and it was always a pleasure to work with him. It is sad to think of his passing.

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  10. Joyce and Family:

    I only knew Al over the past 10 year period but greatly appreciated his knowledge and insights both on petrophysics, but more importantly on life. I’m glad our paths crossed. He will be greatly missed!!

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  11. I was very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. As a professional Al was the top of his class. He was a person that could always be counted on, always willing to take on another task, always prepared to take or give the time for an extra story, and always with that great smile and his hearty laugh.

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  12. Laurie Condratow Briggs

    So very sorry to hear of Allan’s passing. I remember all the wonderful stories Jan shared about her dear brother Allan. He always put a smile on her face.

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  13. My heart is heavy with the passing of such a warm, caring old friend. Al has been part of our lives for 5 decades and could always be counted on to brighten any day. His kindness and understanding made him a joy to be around. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. My prayers go out to his family at this very difficult time and hope they can find some solace knowing he meant so much to so many people. His beautiful smile and contagious laugh will stay in our hearts for ever.

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  14. Bryan and Joanie Robertson

    We were saddened to hear of Al’s passing – he always had a smile to share, and a story to tell. He will be thought of often, and missed always.

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  15. Al is an old friend who was an expert at what he did and who I learned a lot from over the years.
    I always went to Al for advice. In business and personally.
    But mostly he was just a good friend.

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Al.

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  16. I am very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was a very caring person and a pleasure work with at Niko. He always had a great story to share and a kind word for everyone! He will be missed by many.

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  17. Patrick McGinnis

    Al was a wonderful friend, an incredible source of help in my career and a man I always looked up to. I will never forget our time in North Africa … it was so nice to have a friend there with me.

    My deepest condolences to all of the family with this loss.

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