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Born: Nov 28, 1955

Date of Passing: Jun 30, 2019

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November 28, 1955 - June 30, 2019

Goodbye our love.

I hope you are enjoying a big, juicy steak and a corned beef sandwich that you have been longing for. Our hearts are empty and the sound of your presence is gone, our memories with you will live on.
Al was born in Canada although all his family lived in Scotland. Peggy and Allan West came to Canada in 1951 to start a new life and have a family.
Al started at a very young age travelling back to Scotland to visit family. The travelling continued for years to come. He loved Hawaii as he visited 11 times. As a young boy he liked to go camping, fishing and the great outdoors. This continued his whole life as he built a small cabin on Lake of the Woods and raised his daughter Jena on a five acre property in Anola, MB (which he called "Survivor Anola".) He also continued his joy for golf and to play hockey with the firefighters.
As a young adult he had a love for curling which took him to winning the school boys championships in Ottawa 1974.
He started his working life at CN which only lasted a short time until he was hired onto the Winnipeg Fire Department on May 9, 1977. He had a strong passion for his work and continued firefighting for 36 years when he retired as a District Chief.
We had 29 years of marriage and 23 years of watching our baby girl blossom into a beautiful, amazing young women.
There are not enough words to express how thankful we are to have Joyce and Duane Bailey and our incredible group of friends who have been by our side through this whole journey. Also thank you to Dr. Clarke of the palliative team and Dr. Daeninck from CancerCare who made it possible to grant Al's wishes to stay home.
There will be a small private gathering to reflect on Al's life.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be graciously accepted to CancerCare Manitoba to help fight the horrible disease CNETS or the Firefighters Burn Fund.

You're in our hearts forever.
Penny and Jena.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 06, 2019

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • Penny and Jena I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Al. My condolences to the both of you. Al and I were stationed together at the old 6 station and new one in the late 90s. When I first was transferred there it was an awaking to say the least. Al took me under his wing to get me up to speed for what we were going to be dealing with the major arson that was happening for a number of years and also the crazy events medical wise. Al said to me "You aren't in St. Vital having tea parties anymore LOL" he wasn't kidding. Was so fortunate to have had Al in my life and will never forget him - Posted by: Shane Ferguson (Friend/Firefighter) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • Penny & Jena, we are so sorry to hear about Al. As you know they were our "family". Cherish many memories of Aunty Peg, Uncle Al, and Al. The Armstrongs - Posted by: Eileen Schade (Armstrong) (Friend) on: Jul 22, 2019

  • Truly a wonderful person, was always a great day when I had the opportunity to chat with Al. My condolences to your family. - Posted by: Victor Lopes (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2019

  • I'm so sorry to hear of you losing the "Love of your life"! Al fought so hard to beat this horrible disease! He was always kind and thoughtful in sharing his alternative treatments with Bob. Penny, my thoughts are with you and Jena constantly, understanding how difficult it is to lose someone you love! Cherish and share the wonderful memories you have of Al. He will live in your hearts forever! Love Michelle. - Posted by: Michelle LaFrance (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2019

  • My condolences to Al’s family and friends. I had the good fortune to work in the same station as Al, first when he was a firefighter and later as he became an officer. Coming from the EMS side of the house, I can say there was no “us and them” in Captain Al’s station. We were all one team and all felt welcome and respected. I know many other EMS staff felt the same way- he was held in very high regard. Rest In Peace, Chief. Far, far too soon. - Posted by: Paul Nairn (Colleague) on: Jul 13, 2019

  • Sorry to hear about Allan. I knew him from school. Very sad news! My sympathies to his family. - Posted by: Kathy Douglas (Friend from school) on: Jul 11, 2019

  • Well we grew up a block apart in Transcona. Parents were friends, both of Scottish decent. Got on the Fire Department a couple of years apart and kept in touch passing on opposite shifts. Well respected man growing up in Transcona and as a firefighter. Guess he and Curtis Miller will be toasting us all today. Blessings to You both Penny and Jenna. - Posted by: Mike Robson (Neighbor and firefighter) on: Jul 11, 2019

  • Al was a good guy, a good firefighter and a good officer. I liked him and respected him and I am sorry he left so soon. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Scott Miner (Collegue) on: Jul 08, 2019

  • Penny and Jena, we are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our most sincere condolences and we are keeping you both in our thoughts. Fiona and Duane - Posted by: Fiona and Duane (Friend) on: Jul 08, 2019

  • Dear Penny and Jena, our thoughts and prayers are with you both at this sad time. Take comfort in knowing that you did so much for him throughout his illness, and in knowing that memories of all the happy times you shared together will always be with you. Take care. Love, Wendy, Kristen, Wolfgang and My Mom - Posted by: Wendy Kristen & Wolfgang & my Mom (Friends) on: Jul 08, 2019

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Tom and Al go gack a long way, as he knew his mom and dad. Al also curled with Tom. Our kids, all grown up now, knew him as "Big Al". As he lived close by, sonetimes he would stop in on Christmas morning. It was always nice to see him. Seems so long ago. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Tom and Irene Chernetz and Family (Friends) on: Jul 07, 2019

  • Penny, Jena- We are thinking of you at this very sad time. - Posted by: Lynn and Glen (Friends) on: Jul 07, 2019

  • I will carry many cherished memories of Al, he had an incredible sense of humour and a spirit that carried to no lengths, even in his passing, his friendship will always remain with me. It is an honour to have him in our lives. My heart goes out to Penny and Jena. - Posted by: Kirby (Friend) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • So sorry of your loss Jena and Penny. Thinking of you both. - Posted by: Carmen/Harold Erickson (Friend of Joyce and Duane) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • "Big Al the Firefighters Pal" Al's personality was huge, yet a more caring and loving man is what he truly was. Penny and Jenna were his life, and Chaos (their lab) was all he talked about. Yes Al was a Firefighter, but Family was most important. It was my privilege to know and work with Chief West. As a firefighter safety was his Mantra, a Master at his craft guiding and leading all who he work with. The crew at Station 6 were a tight group always in the heat of their work, but with Al they knew all was good. 😎 Sun glasses were his trademark. Our Condolences Penny and Jenna, our prayers are with you. Stepen & Donna Sumka - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Brother Firefighter) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • Penny and Jena, Michael and I send love and hugs at this time of loss. Al was such a great guy, his laughter and presence will surely be missed. His suffering is over. Here’s hoping his steak is done just right and his beer is extra frosty ....xoxo - Posted by: Monica and Michael Pawlowski (Friends) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • A lot of respect for Al. A person who I really enjoyed being around when given the rare opportunity. With love, Duncan and Family - Posted by: Duncan MacPhail (Friend) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • Sorry to hear of Al's passing,I will always remember his great laugh,he was always fun to be around and had great stories to tell.My condolences Penny and Jenna. - Posted by: Rick Millar (Friend ) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • Penny and Jena we are sorry to hear about the passing of Al. Know you are in our thoughts at this time and we will have a toast of rum in his honor. If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to ask, Take care ( Verschoore Family) - Posted by: Verschoore Family (firends) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • Penny an Jena - so sorry to hear about Al's passing. He was a "larger than life" kinda guy, and will always be remembered for his fun-loving personality and winning smile. Hope you can take comfort in knowing that he's no longer suffering... - Posted by: Alison & Jim Steele (Friends) on: Jul 06, 2019

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