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Born: Feb 12, 1923
Date of Passing: Jul 14, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
SMITH: Allan A.
Feb. 12, 1923 - July 14, 2021
A devoted husband, Al's unwavering love and support will be forever missed by his wife of 73 years, Dorothy. A loving father to his two children: daughter, Barbara (Craig) of Cobourg, Ontario and son, Dave (Sheryl) of Saskatoon, Sask. A proud grandpa to granddaughter Monique (Andre) of Whitby, Ontario; and grandson Jean-Paul (Lindsay) of Whitby, Ontario; and great- grandchildren Jacob, Audric, Abby and Julia. Lovingly remembered by in-laws Bette (nee Taylor) and Rob Johnson of Hamiota, Manitoba; sister-in-law, May Simpson (nee Taylor) of Penticton, B.C.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families from BC, AB, MB, SK & ON.
Al was born in Brandon on Feb. 12, 1923. He was the only boy with 2 younger sisters, Lorna Anne and Aileen Frances. He spent his early years in and around Brandon, Bethany and Minnedosa. His mother said "Al, get a job with the railroad, the country will always need a railroad". He listened to his mother and worked for the C.P.R. for over 40 years.
In 1942, at age 19, Al enlisted with the Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF). He did his airplane mechanic training in Winnipeg to service Typhoon aircraft and became part of the Second Tactical Air Force (T.A.F.) 143 Wing, squadron 439. He embarked November 1943 for Scotland, England and France. Although he downplayed his role during the war, he was a significant part of the liberation of Europe in 1944-45. We are all very proud of his role and contributions.
On a blind date in September 1946, Al met Dorothy Taylor of Minnedosa and married her on June 1, 1948. Al and Dorothy had 2 railroad "brats", Barbara and David and during his time with the C.P.R. moved from and to: Brandon, Ignace, Regina, Kenora, Estevan, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, Winnipeg and finally retired in Brandon. Al's C.P.R. transfers built a wide network of friends from coast to coast, and they seldom travelled anywhere without looking someone up in the "phone book".
Al always enjoyed curling, golfing (especially with his son and grandson), playing cards, and attending Booster dances. He and Dorothy loved taking bus tours and during their retirement years enjoyed 7 tours to Nashville/Branson; several tours to California, Arizona, Texas; Maritimes; West Coast as well as trips to Hawaii, Spain/Portugal, Ireland, and England.
In his late 80's, Al became interested in his heritage and began researching his family history online. He was not afraid to tackle the internet or a computer, much to the amazement of family and friends. The valuable work he started will now be handed down for the next generation to continue.
Al's sharp mind, generous heart, and sense of humour will be missed by all who knew him.
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As published in Brandon Sun on Jul 31, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
My condolences to Dorothy and the family. My father Allan Bicknell and wife Arleen were good friends of the Smiths. I have some photos and a few letters I would like to pass to the family. Both my parents have passed. I live in Saskatoon and noticed Dave does as well. Perhaps he could give me a call and I could give these to him. Brenda (Bicknell) Armstrong. - Posted by: Brenda Armstrong (Daughter of Allan Bicknell) on: Aug 21, 2021
We have such fond memories growing up with Uncle Allan and Aunt Dorthy. Many family celebrations or just stopping by for a visit when I was at grandma’s house. We were so grateful for a more recent visit in Calgary on Boxing Day a few years back. We will hold those memories in our hearts and will miss you so much Uncle Allan! Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you. Xoxo - Posted by: Kim Alladin (Great niece ) on: Aug 11, 2021
Heartfelt sympathies to Dorothy, Barb, David and families. Allan was a wonderful man and we enjoyed many laughs together. Playing cards, visits in Kenora, family reunions, one incident Jean remembers is Dorothy and Allan bringing ice for beer on a camping trip July 1 to Rushing River. However there was snow on the ground and the ice wasn’t needed to keep the beer cold. They laughed about that. Sympathies from Judy and family too. - Posted by: Jean Stone (Dorothy’s cousin) on: Aug 07, 2021
We join with Dorothy, Barb & David in their sorrow over the loss of Allan. His kind and loving heart extended to those of us who, although not immediate family, he always kept in his thoughts! He and Dorothy often would stop for a “catch-up” visit when passing through Regina and we always enjoyed these visits. We reciprocated when visiting Manitoba as well! We were so sorry to hear of Al’s passing but we’re heartened to know that Dorothy and Allan were together again when he left! We will miss his welcoming smile and hold Dorothy in hearts. Hope to visit her soon! Doris and Janis - Posted by: Doris and Janis (Cousins) on: Aug 04, 2021
An insightful and moving write up and, again, my deepest condolences to Aunt Dorothy, Barb, Dave, Craig, Sheryl, Monique and all the family and friends of the lad I knew/know as "Uncle Al" - Posted by: Jack Simpson (Nephew ) on: Aug 01, 2021
My amazing Uncle Allan, I will miss you forever! How my mom loved her brother, always a gleam in her eyes when she talked about you. You researched and provided our Smith side of the family, with your information going all the way back to 1545. It was not an easy task but you gave it your all. We now have personal family information along with pictures to pass on to our children and grandchildren. Because of your hard and diligent work, I now know my grandfather (your father) came on a boat from England at the age of 19. You even found a copy of his boat ticket! So much work right up until you were 96, we are forever grateful to you. Aunt Dorthy, I know this is hard for you, my heart is with you daily. Hold all your memories that will sometimes bring you tears today and the coming days and weeks. They will on some days bring a smile to your face and laughter (which you love to do) to your heart. There are no time lines on your grief, do it at your pace, 1 day 1 hour 1 minute, 1 second and most of all 1 tear at a time. Love you much! Barb, Dave and families, my heart is with all of you as well. I know this is not an easy time, we were so blessed to have him for so long, he always blessing our family times! We were taught to love each other, how lucky are we! No words can reach into the depth of sorrow that goes into bereavement. We will have to do what he would want, be kind, smile, open our eyes & hearts, live and go on. Love you all. Wendy Allan and Family xo - Posted by: Wendy Guest (niece) on: Jul 31, 2021
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