Surrounded by family, Allan peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the age of 71 years. Allan will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Sherilyn and their children Jeffrey (Susan) and daughter Kate, Craig (Sandra) and children Lauren and Clayton and Allison (Nicole), his brother Douglas (Maureen), mother-in-law Frances Kolisnyk, sister-in-law Marlene Cooper and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Allan was born in 1944 to Grace and George, he lived most of his life in Winnipeg and spent many happy hours as a young boy playing sports at the Orioles Community Club. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1966 with a degree in Civil Engineering and three years later from the University of Western Ontario with a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Allan had a fulfilling career with the City of Winnipeg, in the Water and Waste Department for 25 years and retired in 1999.
During these years Allan and Sheryl raised their family in the Southdale Community where Allan volunteered as a Coach and Manager to Jeff, Craig and Allison’s hockey, skiing and soccer teams. An avid lover of sports himself, Allan skied, played hockey, golfed and curled with the St. Vital Senior Men’s Club and together with Sheryl in a mixed league. Later, they decided to give square dancing a try and enjoyed several years dancing both in Texas and with Paws-n-Taws in Winnipeg.
Allan was an active member of the Windsor Park United Church for many years, serving on several committees. With retirement came the opportunity to travel and some wonderful memories were made visiting new places and spending several weeks every winter in La Feria, Texas. South Beach, Gimli has been the centre of summer fun and gamily gatherings all of his life. Second Beach is where he met Sherilyn 50 years ago, one summer afternoon, a special place they continued to enjoy even this past summer when his health was failing.
A loyal, loving and generous man with a smile for everyone, Allan was completely dedicated to his family. They always came first, we will miss you dearly. We will always remember the way you looked, the way you walked and smiled, all the things you did for us will be with us. You always did your best, your heart was true and tender, you lived your life for those you loved and those you loved will remember.
A special thanks to the palliative care team at the St. Boniface Hospital for their care and compassion and for helping us support Allan.
In keeping with Allan’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive.