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Date of Passing: Mar 25, 2020

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It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Alan Leslie Willey, March 25, 2020.
At 69 years old, loving husband to Ingrid for 45 plus years, cherished father of Ann-Marie and Kristina, proud grandfather to Nicholas, Madison and Abigail.
Alan was stricken with ALS shortly after retiring. After a last trip to New Orleans and a one-week cruise, he was happy to relax at home. When things became more challenging, Alan adjusted to each change with the utmost aplomb, grace and acceptance. Being a man of great faith, he put his fate firmly in God's hands. This helped him get through his changed life.
Alan loved helping his clients in his career as a commercial lender. He was a casually competitive sports player in baseball, squash and golf, who loved watching the Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bomber games, especially the Bombers Grey Cup win in 2019.
Some of his favourite things were going for ice cream during Sunday family visits, working out in the garden, doing crosswords, sudokus, card, board and solitaire games. Alan was a thoughtful person, saying something if it was a contribution or worth saying and listening to.
He will be dearly missed by his many family and friends, remembered fondly, and respectfully, by all who had the honour and pleasure to know him.
Many thanks to Nicholas for all his help and time spent with Grandpa, the ALS Society of Manitoba, Palliative Care Manitoba, his home care workers, and the MND clinic staff and clinicians at Deer Lodge Centre.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held once travel is again safe for all.
Donations can be made in memory of Alan to the ALS Society of Manitoba or ALS Society of Canada.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Our hearts ache for the loss of our dear friend and for the family. Our special friendship began about 33 years ago as our daughters began kindergarten together and their play dates led to us connecting and developing a rich and treasured friendship. We thank God for the many years of Love and Joy leaving us with precious memories that we will cherish in the years ahead. While his body lost the battle with ALS, his spirit has been freed and his strong faith rewarded. We miss you terribly dear friend and will keep you close in spirit remembering all the things we did together. - Posted by: Debra & Vern (Friends ) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear this, Ingrid. Alan will be greatly missed. Alan and I were good friends as kids in Charleswood, and spent a lot of time together up until he went away to high school. On of my most vivid memories is of the time we decided, as young teenagers, that it was a good idea to canoe down the Assiniboine and Red Rivers from Charleswood to Lake Winnipeg. We naively thought we could accomplish this in a weekend, greatly underestimating the length of the meanders of the rivers. It took the entire first day to reach the outskirts of the north end of the City, at which point a massive summer thunderstorm drove us to camp under the shelter of the North Perimeter highway bridge. The river level rose all night as it rained and twice we had to move the tent and canoe. Next morning in the still heavy wind and rain we abandoned the trip and walked to the nearest house to phone to be picked up. Never once did Alan whine or complain about the conditions. He always put his best effort into it. That’s the Alan I’ll remember. - Posted by: Alex Zimmerman (Friend) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • My Sincere condolences to the family, especially Darlene, Linda and Norman and of course his wife and children, grandchildren. I can't ever think of Alan as anything but a small boy, since that is how I knew him best friend's little brother. I can still hear your Mum calling him...Alan Leslie Willey!...and the rest of the family saying "oh-oh", his whole name...that means he is in trouble!! Although I didn't know him as an adult, I know that the values instilled in him by his loving parents stood him well for the rest of his life, as evidenced in the write up in the Free Press. I know you will all miss him and be thankful for his life with you. Much Love, Margaret Mills and the Zimmerman clan. - Posted by: Margaret Mills (Zimmerman) (Family Friend) on: Apr 04, 2020

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