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Born: Feb 11, 1930

Date of Passing: Jun 08, 2014

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DR. ALAN QUEEN, PH.D. February 11, 1930 June 8, 2014 Dr. Alan Queen died unexpectedly on June 8, 2014 at Victoria General Hospital, where he had been admitted with heart complications. Alan is survived by his devoted wife Helen (Crowther) Queen, sister Mildred Currie, son Andrew Skoleski, daughters Julia Blonski (Wayne), Barbara Queen (Blair), Fiona Queen, grandchildren Aaron and Sondra Skoleski, Teresa and Carolyn Blonski. Educated in England, he received his Ph.D. from Durham University. Alan's love of research began at Beecham Research Laboratories, Brockham Park, Surrey, England where he worked with other scientists on the development of new semisynthetic penicillins and anti-tubercular compounds. He immigrated to Canada in 1961 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Research Council in Ottawa. Following an appointment at Laurentian University in Sudbury, he joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Manitoba in 1966, where he stayed until he retired as Senior Scholar in 1997. He continued to teach undergraduate Chemistry courses until his passing. Committed to the advancement of research in his field, Alan developed his own stopped-flow apparatus and travelled extensively, sharing his time and expertise in numerous locations world wide. Prior to attending university, Alan completed two years of British National Service as an Instrument Technician stationed at RAF Scampton (home of the Dam Busters). During his service he worked on the Avro Lincoln and Lancaster bombers. In his youth, Alan was an active participant in many sports, including soccer, track and field and the Durham University Boat Club. He was a passionate scholar of Greek Archaeology and History and spent time in Greece studying and visiting historical sites and museums. Wood crafting was also a passion where he pursued many projects among which were creating a clarinet, violin, harp and harpsichord completely from scratch to his own design. In keeping with his request, cremation has taken place and a celebration of Alan's life will be held at St. John's College Chapel, 92 Dysart Road, University of Manitoba on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Reverend Peter Flynn presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alan's memory can be made to the Concordia Hospital Foundation in support of Operation Walk Winnipeg, 204-661-7156. Cropo Funeral Chapel 204-586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 14, 2014

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My Grandad was an amazing Man. He was so knowledgable, laid back and funny. He had a smile that could make your day no matter what kind of mood you were in. He would tell me amazing stories. Stories that as a child I didn't understand, but as I got Older became very interesting. Anything from the stories about the Greeks, ancient Rome or anything historic for that matter. As he would tell me his face would light up, as it did whenever he talked about things that were his passion ... I vaguely remember trips to his lab as a kid. How he would tell me about his students, or talk to me about his teaching, show me his picture on the wall - I new it was something he took great pride in .... He has accomplished so much in life and I hope I can do half the things he has. His marriage to my nana was amazing, the love they have shows you that true love does exist. Yyou could tell how much he loved her just by the way he looked at her ... I'll never forget us grandkids after a big Christmas dinner - he would try to relax and doze off - we would mess up his hair, jump on him, while he just sat and let us know he loves us to pieces as we love him more than ten words can say .... I won't say goodbye because I know one day we will meet again and then I can tell him my stories and share my knowledge, and cheer him with a glass of wine which I know I got my love for from him. Expect he was more of a glass or two when as I am more of a bottle or two ... Grandad .. I'll be striving to keep making you proud of me - every accomplishment I make I know you will be looking down on me smiling. I am extremely lucky to have had such a passionate, smart, inspirational figure in my life and as long as I live I will be looking up to you until next time. I love you with all my heart, you will be truly missed and never forgotten. I'll end with my favourite quote from Winnie the Pooh ... if ever there's a day we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Posted by: Sondra (Granddaughter) on: Jun 15, 2014

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